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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 5—Page 58

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“Dude! WTF! I was, like, having a total hero-modesty-moment there…”

So! To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what’s happening on this page. What is clear is that after bringing Spooky back from the dead, Kyle didn’t even take a moment to ask if his friend was OK. Instead, it looks like he chose to chat it up with the youngest members of the team.

As retaliation, did Spooky get mad and decide to bite Kyle in the face? And if so, does this mean that Spooky could still be possessed, perhaps by something demonic left behind?

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

  • !!!!!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Way to go, Doki!

  • O.o

    • Madock345

      ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    • (psssst! is your Disqus giving me the V? my disqus has been weird lately)

      • You got the V.

        • Thanks! Disqus has been odd lately on my computer.

          • Gremlins. Disqus has them.

          • I actually liked some of the Gremlins in the 2nd movie…

          • Both those movies messed me up. To this day I’m freaked out. When I was a kid I saw a sticker at a sleep over and had to leave.

          • …I can see that.

  • Kiss kiss kiss kisskisskisskisskisskiss YES!!!

  • Cman65

    No something is wrong here, really very badly wrong

    • Madock345

      Agree. Maybe I’m a pessimist, but there’s a lot that makes this suspicious.

      • Pietro7

        I have a feeling that Anando, the cute red demon from Spooky’s hell-stay, may be taking a hand here. 🙂

        • Brian Bartholomew

          Anando might be change into Kyle and his memories as a demon was removed.

  • Nofsky8

    Squeeeee!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    “Gee, I dunno Alex. Any demons that were still lurking around would have had to have swum mighty hard to get into Spooky when all those outgoing souls were creating such a strong current in the other direction.” 😛

    • Pietro7

      Hmmm. Are demons like salmon? Challenged by an upstream swim?
      🙂

      • stickfigurefairytales

        But then what are bears in this analogy?!

        • Nirgal

          Big. With laser eyes and a scorched ass.

        • Skudplastr

          Heheh, bears. 🙂

    • Well reasoned. But yes, let’s remember the Bears. 🙂

  • stickfigurefairytales

    ALL RIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!!

  • Morgan

    Oh my God!!!

    But… Yeah I’m just a little concerned that somethings wrong. They way they set up the angles to not show Spooky’s face kind of gives me a bad feeling. Or I could be totally wrong. Idk.

  • Karol Chmielewski

    I love that Kyle os a real team player and didn’t hug all the glory and he got the best of rewards for it 😀 😉

  • Saxon_Brenton

    In all seriousness, you’ll notice that the creators deliberately and maliciously didn’t show Spooky’s face, so we can’t see his expression and have no idea what’s going on in his head. Nice cliffhanger Alex.

  • … Why aren’t we seeing Spooky’s face? I need to see his face.

    Ai no trust this before seeing Spooky’s face and he’s spoken.

    • Madock345

      Yeah, that’s not the angle of a heroic victory kiss panel

      • Well he did just come out of a soul coma.

      • That ‘Oh’ from Commander can either mean she’s getting to see one of her daydreams happening – and/or she just realized something about Spooky which can be both good or bad.

        I mean, this page gives *me* something I’ve wanted for a while, but until next page I don’t trust it. No matter how nice the view ^_^

        • Samurai Jack

          Maybe those emotions are just too strong for her to block out her mind reading powers… She knows more than she’s letting on!

        • Jet Allen

          Either she’s really turned on right now, or shocked and a bit uneasy… and probably still a bit turned on somewhere in the middle of all that.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Yeah, you’re right. Not quite celebrating for certain yet…

      • entireleaves

        He could be stealing Kyle’s soul.
        Through his mouth.
        With the help of his tongue.

        • purplefoxglove

          He sure stole my soul, although unfortunately, he didn’t use his mouth OR tongue 😉

  • Pietro7

    Amanda is surprised, not shocked or horrified.
    That’s important.
    (What does it mean? Heckifiknow. But it means that ‘bad thing’ ™ is probably NOT happening, just a surprising one.

    • bandanajack

      she may remember what was spoken in that memory hole they were once trapped in when kyle confessed his feelings about spooks.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Ummmm….If I’m seeing this right…..Kyle isn’t in control of this one and Spooky is the one causing that look on his face!

  • ….Mitch – Can I kiss Kyle next? Or Spooky? Or both? This is a celebratory thing right?

    • Madock345

      Yeah! Team makeout sesh!

      …it’s traditional.

    • Jet Allen

      Meanwhile, way the hell back over at Mitch’s manor, Corey suddenly feels a stab of violent, intense anger and can’t quite figure out why.

      • I like to think everyone is entitled to a “thank the light we are alive after all that crazy sh*t” kiss when things are over. It doesn’t have to mean anything, just being thankful for being alive and stopping a king of hell from taking over half the planet. ^_^

  • Dartania

    Does this kinda feel like deus ex machina after that year-long battle? Kyle overcomes it, takes out a demon like 100 times his size, brings his friend back to life, letting the hostages come back to life, and everyone congratulates him, and then a hero kisshe. Almost like wish fulfilment. Maybe Kyle got knocked unconscious and is dreaming the best outcome, and thus it’s incredibly forced.

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      For Commander to react as if she has no words…..almost like she expected it…..this is no “dream sequence”

    • timemonkey

      It’s almost like Kyle becoming a total badass and finding love was the entire point of the comic.

  • Zephyr10101

    Yasssss

  • I am so glad this is the Tuesday-Friday wait and not the Friday-Tuesday wait for the next page.

  • jreed3842

    I think this officially my favorite page…. So far…. Hehe

  • davefragments

    Maybe it’s just a kiss… A rather long, passionate kiss.

    • Brian Hopkins

      Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight
      Just a touch of the fire burning so bright…

      • davefragments

        Well me being a little older and differently appreciative of singers, this is like Frank Sinatra singing “mind if I Make Love to You” with Grace Kelly in his arms in the movie “High Society”

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSlPtVHTSPk

    • Klaus

      You must remember this
      A kiss is just a kiss,
      a sigh is just a sigh
      The fundamental things apply
      As time goes by

  • fujoshifanatic

    Ha! Both Commander and Kyle gets to see one of their fujoshi and fudanshi fantasies come to life! And Yaaaas, Spooky, that is how you celebrate coming back from the brink of disaster! Now if there was only a way to squeeze Commander in on this action…Oi, I think I need a moment; my imagination processor just overheated. XD

    • ….who says Mitch hasn’t thought about those two? Just nowhere near Amanda so she cannot accidentally pick up on it…

  • I refuse (at least for the rest of the night) to believe there is something wrong.

    SPOOKY IS KISSING KYLE!!!

    • YES HE IS!

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  • Sapfo

    SPOOOKY!!!!!…… I can approve to this page… I don´t mind this at all! Please go on Spooky. Please keep on doing whatever you doing.

  • Ethan

    SCREEEEAAAAMMMMINGGGGGGG OMG SPOOKY KISSED KYLE AND I LOVE IT I SHIP IT SO HARD MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT COHERENT

    YOUVE DONE US A GREAT SERVICE, ALEX

  • Larkle

    THE SHIP IS FULLY OPERATIONAL!

    I want to call it hell-shipping.

    • Nate

      I don’t think there’s an official shipping name yet. The best I’ve come up with so far are:

      * Hotkey
      * Hellboys

      * Hellbros (short for “Awesome Empowered By Hell Bros”)

      But I’m somewhat proud of a new one I came up with last night:

      “Pyromantic”

      Pyro for Kyle
      -mantic for Spooks

      When combined we get vibes of both “pyromancy” (which means “fire magic”, and “romantic” 😉 )

      • Jet Allen

        …I always thought it was just SpooKyle. Spookyle. However you wanna capitalize it. Their names flow pretty well together.

    • bronakopdin
  • Pizzainsane

    When there is a emotional speech and then…. GAY!!!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Oh, of course. This is one of the ‘repercussions’ that Alex mentioned in the author’s notes of the last page. I must be more muzzy headed than I realised not to have seen that immediately.

  • Elizabeth

    oh boi, I’m having flashbacks to the Truth or Dare comic *cough cough*

  • Wyrmidon

    I may be a die-hard (har, har) Kyle/Anni shipper, but this? Made my day.

    Way to go, Spooks! *claps hands*

  • Odysseus154

    commander just ‘splooshed’

    • Jet Allen

      Swear to god, you could drown a toddler in her panties right now.

      • LimpBiskit

        I thought those drowning toddler warnings were for buckets, not boxes…

      • Miko

        And you absolutely had to be so vulgar… Seriously, take that comment to some more porn-oriented comics, where it belongs.

        • Jet Allen

          …It was an Archer quote – one of the women on the show says that line. You know, to go with “Sploosh,” which is ALSO an Archer quote.

          You wanna gripe at anyone, blame the writers of Archer for coming up with such a funny quip. Get a sense of humor.

          • All right. Jet and Miko. I’m stopping you here, in case any of you would take this further. Any futher comments on this thread will be deleted. Please read the community guidelines if you have questions to why. While we can’t always agreee on everything, treat each other with respect.

          • Jet Allen

            I don’t need that reminder. I was blasted first. Don’t talk to me like I did anything wrong when I didn’t. Is that clear? Unless you’re AGAINST people standing up for themselves?

          • davefragments

            Please stop.

        • Jet Allen

          Or, failing that, DO NOT tell me what jokes I can or cannot make just because you personally don’t approve of them. I do not exist for your approval. Capiche?

  • Jeldenil

    I initially read that ‘oh’ as ‘ok’, and I can so picture that too.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Meanwhile the sacrifices are rolling their eyes and thinking, “Not that we aren’t grateful or anything, but when you’ve finished with your lip mashing, can you please untie us!?”

    • Jet Allen

      It might take a while for that to happen if Spooky slipped him some tongue.

      Eh, whatever. They have four perfectly good heroes standing around who can pull their weight AND currently are not getting any.

  • Jet Allen

    Well, it was kind of rude for Kyle to just ignore the guy he’s madly in love with like that. At least say hello, dickwad.

    (Also, dude, that’s your boss’s ex… then again, Spooky did initiate it. Dude, right in front of your ex? Even if she is a yaoi fangirl.)

    Now, the question is – does Spooky’s kiss work more like Kitana, Mileena, or Tanya’s from Mortal Kombat? Or is it a “Shirley Manson in the music video for The World is Not Enough” thing? Because the total lack of visual on Spooky’s face makes me think “FATALITY.”

    • timemonkey

      Maybe it’s one of Sonya’s like five variations?

  • bronakopdin

    now THAT came as a surprise xDDD

    Maybe the souls really didn’t get back properly and this is one of the very grateful rescued people remaining in Spooky’s body? 😀
    I wouldn’t mind though if it is Spokky for real either ^^
    Though I’m hella curious about what he or Kyle will say after this xD

    talking about Duncan though: where the heck is he?!

    • Jet Allen

      “Though I’m hella curious about what he or Kyle will say after this xD”

      Kyle: Excuse me, Spooky, I was TALKING? Rude.

      • Mary Klemzak

        Kyle:I forgive you. *blushes*

      • bronakopdin

        Spooky: oh damn, mixed them up… wrong reaction to wrong happenings
        Kyle: D:

  • bronakopdin

    reading the page again now and kinda leaving out the speechbubbles the expressions of Mitch and Paul would very much fit after the kiss, too xDDD

  • Nate

    Even without dialogue, Spooky can steal a scene. 😀

    • True. 😉

    • NoiseShaper

      Only when he doesn’t suck (souls) at the time!

  • bandanajack

    no. silly, this page means that spooky heard/sensed kyle’s previously unspoken feelings about him. that kiss was not just gratitude.

    • bandanajack

      am i the only one who didn’t think there was anything nefarious in this culmination of kyle’s desires?

  • Klaus

    Spooky has been reading the comments. He knows what is expected of him.

    • purplefoxglove

      Oh, so he’s going to strip next? 😉

      • Nate

        Hope springs eternal.

  • It’s about time…

    I’m not sure just how “ex” Spooky and Amanda are, so I hope Amanda and Kyle don’t mind polygamy. (Well, I hope they don’t mind anyway, because my heart belongs to Kyle/Duncan.)

  • PreludeToA

    FINALLY!!!

  • Jet Allen

    Also, Kyle’s “as a FAMILY” remark just makes me think of how hilarious the implications are for him and Spooky now (or Spooky and Amanda). I know it’s not literal, but now I can’t help but think of Mean Girls.

    “You know who’s looking fine tonight? Spooky Jones.”

    “…Okay, you did NOT just say that.”

    “What? He’s a good kisser!”

    “He’s your COUSIN.”

    “Yeah, but he’s my FIRST cousin…”

    “…Right…”

    “…So, you’ve got your cousins, then your first cousins, then your second cousins…”

    “Uh-uh, honey. No.”

    “That’s not right, is it?”

    “That is SO not right.”

  • TwilightDreamer

    EEEEIIIIIII!!!!!!!!
    ……did I get up and go scream into my blanket?….why yes, yes I did XD
    AAAHHH!! Love it!!!!
    Now PLEASE….everyone…get those people out of the box, and get out of there before the next plot twist comes around the corner and notices the peaceful situation.

  • Amy Tombleson

    Can I just say how wonderful it is that you all make this comic for FREE!!!! I just feel so blessed to be able to read this!!!! 😀

    • Mary Klemzak

      Same! Thank you so so So much!

    • You’re very welcome, Amy and Mary! All the hard work is totally worth it with awesome readers like y’all. 🙂

  • Kate G

    WOOOOOOO, go Spooky Jones! Back from the dead and taking life by the horns.

    I really appreciate how Veronica made Spooky a bit pasty over his normal healthy glow. He just came back from the dead, he isn’t going to look healthy.

    Could I have some of the hair gel or mousse or whatever Kyle is using to keep his hair like that, because his hair has been fabulous these past few pages. We need to trademark that hair. (It was always great, but these past few pages, wowza.) The Flare Hair? Hm, I need to work on that…

    It appears the Admiral got naughty images sent into her mind. QUICK! GRAB THE BLEACH! GRAB THE BLEACH! For the Admiral anyway, not for us. I want to know what thoughts she got…

    • SchalaRenee

      Kyle’s hair stays awesome because he’s a demon. Fire doesn’t affect his perfect hair! Demons just don’t have bad hair days! XD

    • Nofsky8

      Hehe, I’m just imagine a news report being all like “How do you get your hair to stay like that even in battle?” And Kyle being like, “The updraft from my fire makes it stand up, I can’t make it stay any other way so I kinda just role with it.”

      • I like this explanation. 🙂

      • Kate G

        The Flare Hair (TM). Only $19.99 with S&H. Get a little Red Hot with your hair….

        Yea, this pitch needs some work.

    • I think you mean Commander, not Admiral. For a moment I thought you were talking about AJ, from the comments, and got confused *lol*

      • Kate G

        To be honest, I have weird time calling her Commander (but somehow it comes out Admiral, because Admiral Amanda sounds better.) Call this an Army thing (thus, we have a huge rivalry against the Squids/Limeys aka Navy), I have always called her in my head the General because her team is mostly a landlubber team (not a water team.)

  • Emma B.

    I was all for Amanda and Spooky getting back together, but now I’m CONFUUUUUSED

    • Mary Klemzak

      Spooky x Amanda was kinda her Fantasy maybe? Or he’s bi. Either way.

  • karmakat

    okay, I KNOW I was at least one of those wanting that kiss. even if I maintain I would have more seen Kyle with Fluke. but…not a joke, no thousand watts smile or laugh. just a kiss like that?
    I don’t know why but I smell a foul play somewhere…

  • purplefoxglove

    Well, clearly, the whole ‘bringing Spooky back from the dead’ part did not go as planned, and Mitch and Amanda were right: Spooky has no brain activity or heartbeat. He’s a zombie, and Kyle is his first meal.

    • Jet Allen

      “You’re acting kinda spooky, Spooky.”

      • Klaus

        “And you are red hot, Red Hot.”

    • Nom nom nom.

  • Will Parkinson

    HA! Called it.

  • John

    I REALLY want to see Spooky’s face in this page. After won’t do. I want to see the dawning realisation

  • CecilDrumond

    I like the couple. But, somthing going on o.O.

    I don´t like ducan x kyle or fly x kyle ;-),

  • Earl Patterson

    Spooky…. Kyle… when wedding?

  • Oh!

  • Juliette Leroux

    You people are the most paranoiac comic reading crowd I’ve ever seen. I love you 🙂 But I still want to believe it’s just a kiss. And I was rather chocked that Kyle was just not taking the 5 min necessary to check on Spooky before launching into a monologue.

  • Mary Klemzak

    Well that was easier than expected. I thought for sure, a Trip to hell and a deal with dear old Dad would’ve been the next step.

    But yeah. This works too! Watag Spooky and Kyle!!

    • timemonkey

      I ask again, why would a trip to Hell do anything? The demons didn’t do anything to Spooky during this visit, absorbing the souls was what was hurting him. Unless you think Spooky was bad enough to go there normally?

      • Mary Klemzak

        Ok since you’re not letting this go, I figure I should explain my reasoning.

        The reason why I thought Spooky and Kyle would have to go to hell for help, was maybe Laampros was more powerful than death,and could help bring his sons lover back. Not to say, he would willingly do it.

        I admit, I don’t know a lot about hell and demons, just what I’ve learned from 20+ years in the Baptist church. I don’t really like magical or demonic, or even angelic stuff, so I’m not into many anime or comics like that. This eliminates a lot of the popular culture for me.

        But this skips that step. Yay!

        • timemonkey

          Okay, and my point was that Kyle’s dad wouldn’t have any power over Spooky unless he’d been condemned to Hell. Demons have no power over Heaven or those within, which is why I’ve been so confused by those saying Kyle should go there to help Spooky.

          • SchalaRenee

            Maybe it’s like the demons from Supernatural. You trade something (usually yourself, well, your soul), they give you what you want. Demons in SPN CAN return the dead to life and have on several occasions.

          • Klaus

            We have seen no indication that Hell in this cosmology is a place of punishment, or that the dead are judged by anyone.

          • timemonkey

            We’ve also seen no indication that the dead can be raised or that demons hold any helpful powers in that area.

          • Klaus

            Or that the souls of the dead can go to hell.

  • Mary Klemzak

    Oh, and Duncan can stay away, tyvm. If he’s not dead already.

    • timemonkey

      Given all the fire that was tossed around the area he’s probably very badly burned.

      • Mary Klemzak

        And badly broken. Who cares. After he showed how manipulative he was, he can go away and never come back. I feel little to no remorse if he doesn’t come back.

        Or, alternatively, comes back, is remorseful, asks Kyle to start over, but Kyle is like, “No thank you, but I have my man!” *kisses Spooks*

        So long, Old Man!

        • timemonkey

          Honestly, I don’t think Duncan was even considering a genuine relationship with Kyle was going to happen. Their whole thing was a manipulation on his part

          • Mary Klemzak

            Yeah thats what it seemed like to me too. He admitted he liked him, bit it was part of a bigger plan.

  • Mary Klemzak

    Amanda:OK team! Let’s give these two a minute, and get a start on freeing those hostages, shall we!

    Paul, Gordon, and Mitch: YES MA’AM!

    Spooky and Kyle:*still make out*

  • Jeff Baker

    <3 !!!!

  • Красивый поцелуй!

    Beautiful kiss!

  • Librarican

    This reads like an after school special. Especially how Kyle turns straight to the reader to deliver the “moral of the story.”
    “We did it!”
    “We did it together!”
    *Cue We are Family song.

    NONE of the team is going to ask Spooky how he’s doing or what happened!? They’re going to accept at face value that a kiss and a flash inferno can release souls from Spooky? What kind of logic is that? Especially when Kyle has only newly discovered this amped up power. I thought the team was smarter, more analytical, and would question what just happened, especially Fluke. But no Commander’s like *claps hands* “okay guys we have more work to do” like she’s a school teacher trying to corral kids from recess. REALLY!? And I’m with everyone who has said it already, there’s a reason those first panels are staged the way they are. I don’t mind the last few where Spooky reaches in and grabs Kyle, but the first two are really odd to me. Spooky needs a face.
    *end morning rant*

    • timemonkey

      Not much point asking what just happened when the answer’s just going to be ‘I dunno, magic?’

      • Mary Klemzak

        Not everything has to make sense. Even in comics. I’ve followed quite a few.

    • Mary Klemzak

      WHO CARES?!?

      COMIC LOGIC! JUST ENJOY!

    • Klaus

      I think the victims agree with her priorities.

  • T Dibbler

    Reeeaaallly wishing I could see Spooky’s face on this page.

    • Mary Klemzak

      4 more days!

  • Szymon Brycki

    The face of Commander xD

  • timemonkey

    HA! XD

  • Geneva150

    I won’t lie, I was shipping Spooky/Commander. 🙁

    • Odysseus154

      same

    • Mary Klemzak

      I’m OK with polyamory.. Kyle, Spooky and Amanda. Would be interesting, to be sure. But kinda complicated.

      I’m telling you all, there needs more fanfic of these guys! Currently, there’s only 3!! At least in AO3. Not sure where there’s other submissions.

      http://archiveofourown.org/tags/The%20Young%20Protectors%20(Webcomic)/works

      • Geneva150

        I have poly friends in my real life but I’m personally monogamous so I like to read that as well. No judgement, just explaining why that set up wouldn’t be enjoyable to me.

        • Mary Klemzak

          Its OK. Some ppl aren’t into it. As long as the people who are into it, aren’t judged for being so.

      • RSC

        The thing is Kyle’s gay, right? So it would be more like Spooky+Commander and Spooky+Kyle but the triangle wouldn’t close… And I guess that could be a little problematic.

        • Morgan

          That’s actually one version of polyamory. Most people are familiar with the full triangle, but it can also be a person dating two people, as long as all parties are aware and okay with it of course.

          • RSC

            Yeah, I thought of that after I commented. I still think it’d be kinda weird, taking everything into account. However, it would also be super interesting to see it unfold.

  • Stephanie

    I’m suddenly shipping this desperately, and hoping it’s going to be a thing. And… ya know… not going to break my heart all over again like Kyle/Anni did.

  • Lyleen

    WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    That’s it spooky!

  • azoreseuropa

    LOL. Cute. Now, that’s romantic.

  • Julia Barnes-Brown

    omg my otp!!!!

  • Vaira

    Arousal is a common body’s reaction to all the battle stress. All those people jumping each other at the end of the battle – yes, we work like that. But then try to see if it makes any sense and have any chance to work out

  • well, they knew they had feeling for each other…hoping this is the start of something beautiful for them!!!

  • wilddeath

    remind me. back when spooky and their fearless team leader made out she read his mind about a demon boy spooky loved right? ive been thinking about this the last few pages… does kyle resemble demon boy at all?

  • SchalaRenee

    Awww! Yay! Kyle got a kiss from his true love! At least, I hope it was a kiss and not REALLY a demon-face-bite. This is so cute and Kyle REALLY deserved it. EVERYONE should kiss him. He practically beat his dad, a king of hell, single-handedly by embracing his true powers! If it weren’t for him, they’d ALL be dead.

    Maybe Kyle IS the demon boy Spooky loved…and Kyle just can’t remember it. Maybe Laampros DID raise him in Hell for awhile, but changed his memories and put him on Earth. That would be an odd twist, for sure.

    • Curt Clark

      Hmmm. I like it…

      …but in the “Romances” card pack, we saw Spooky’s demon boyfriend, and he kinda looks nothing like Kyle. For one thing, although his skin is an odd color (teal? Lavender? I forget), his facial features are more African-American than Caucasian. Unless Kyle underwent a complete physical transmogrification in between then and now, it’s unlikely.

      Still, it’s a sweet idea.

  • timemonkey

    You know, for Klingons face biting signals a desire to mate. So either way good to go. XD

    • I appreciate your reasoning.

    • The episode where Voyager runs into the Klignon ship who think B’Elanna is the mother of the chosen one and Ensign Kim is all “HELP ME!” and Neelix is all “I got this, she is hot” was on the other day.

  • Erica

    See, I’m starting to think that Spooky has something else happening in him, which is making him not Spooky at all or something had to have changed in him…. hence the lack of showing his face… im skepticallll

    • EyeDontNo

      Are you suggesting that the boy who went missing on his 13th birthday is not the person who came back on the boy’s 14th birthday? And now the 13-year-old is back in control of the body?

  • Froya

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this…. The fact that we can’t see Spooky’s face is a *little* ominous.

  • Cuervo

    I could say something about Kyle not noticing anything odd about Spooky’s face, but then again he isn’t exactly the brightest bulb in the box.

  • Toli Bera

    And you Don’t know why but you were dying so try!

    • Curt Clark

      …perfect lyric rewording is perfect. -_-

  • Urmm…? What about that family thing, then? I never eat faces like this with my brothers… nothatnightdoesntcountitwasanaccidentwedranktoomuchisall

    • Madock345

      …. Keep going (ʘ‿ʘ)

      • I can’t: this webcomic is PG13 territory (=¸=;)

        • NC 17 rated 😉

          • Jac

            *Anni-style eyebrow*

    • Curt Clark

      I died laughing. Thanks for that. ^_^

  • means are the ends

    I doubt this is a romantic kiss, and that’s why we aren’t seeing Spooky’s face. Realize I may be alone in this, but my inference is that 1. Spooky just had huge amounts of not-his-own energy blasted through him and 2. Kyle just had huge amounts of demon-hell-fire-not-his-own-energy blasted through him, and 3.things are totally out of whack energy-wise all over the place and with everyone.

    Spooky is the guy to see, understand, and heal all that, and probably needs to happen sooner rather than later. No small-talk, no explanation, just connect and act quickly. Souls and energy have been flying everywhere, and I suspect Spooky’s got lots of cleaning/fixing up to do, pronto.

    So, I could be wrong, and this is completely romantic, which is fine. I ship Kyle/Anni (sorry folks, I’d love a redemption arc), but we’ll see where things lead.

    • Shjade

      It could also be an in-the-moment glad-to-be-alive kiss of a non-romantic but still intimate sort.

      • Curt Clark

        I’d be okay with that. It’s something anyway.

        Even though I DO ship Kyle/Spooky (and thus am EXTREMELY, if tentatively, overjoyed), I also don’t want Duncan’s story to end here, in ignominy and disgrace. He’s much too big a player in this to be tossed aside like that.

    • Richard Grant Muir

      Yeah, really hoping it’s a “Thanks for saving my life” Not “I can finally be free to love you” kiss. I, as well, ship Kyle/Anni in a redemption arc.

  • Richard Grant Muir

    While I am not surprised, I AM disappointed. Oh well. I think everyone knew if Spooky lived, this kiss would’ve happened. I still prefer Kyle & Anni; redemption love stories are my favorite. 🙂 (And I liked Spooky with Commander, hee hee!)

    • NoiseShaper

      Unless Duncan is actually deceased he might well be at the start of his own redemption arc, but as things stand it has to be a pretty far one anyway.

      • Richard Grant Muir

        Well, it wouldn’t be much of a story if it happened fast. 🙂

      • gumboluvr

        Wasn’t the deal that Duncan made with Laampros to make him young and strong(er) again? I may be misremembering – it’s been a while since that scene, but if that was the case then Duncan fulfilled his part, right? Think he’ll be young again now?

        • David Welbourn

          He asked for youth and perfect health without end for both himself and Sircea. http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-ch2-page-38/

          Personally, I think it would be interesting if Duncan was only given youth, but without eternal health and without his superpowers. In order words, he’d get a second chance at life and be able to make new decisions. He might even be happier that way.

    • Curt Clark

      I understand your disappointment. Early on, I really WAS pushing for Kyle and Duncan. But then, well. That went south in a hurry and while Duncan showed remorse a time or two, he hasn’t really done anything to DESERVE redemption yet, much less get Kyle back.

      • Richard Grant Muir

        Well, it may have been six months of reading for us, but in the comic, only, like, a few hours have passed since then. He hasn’t had a CHANCE to do anything yet. His lengthy conversation with PP established that he was going through with what he considered a distasteful plan in order to save the world. To me, Anni is a lot like Magneto, whom I would NEVER consider a bad guy. He’s a guy that does the wrong things for the right reasons. And THOSE guys deserve redemption stories. 🙂

        • Curt Clark

          Oh dear…

          First of all, let me just say that I LOVE the X-Men, and find Magneto to one of the most interesting, compelling, and complicated characters in all of superhero comics. Not to mention in the hands of the right artist, dead sexy.

          But there are a few things I feel need to be taken into consideration consider before comparing the Annihilator to him.

          1) I love Magneto; he is complex, compelling, and has sympathetic motivations, and has even been a X-Man a few times, but he is no hero. Under Chris Claremont, who did amazing work with him over the course of more than a decade and a half, he went from mustache-twirling Silver Age villain pastiche to a compelling, sympathetic character, and even replaced Charles Xavier as head of the school. Unfortunately, Marvel wouldn’t let the side switch stick, and so we got atrocities like Fatal Attractions and the Magneto Wars, where he threatened the whole world with his powers simply to prove a point. He has committed atrocities, and been directly responsible for the deaths of thousands — he released a global electromagnetic pulse once that knocked out electronic systems worldwide, including hospital machines and the guidance, navigation, and propulsion systems of aircraft in mid-flight. When he changed sides more recently, some of those atrocities were retconned as being the work of someone else, but not all. While I would love to see it, Magneto has not HAD a “redemption” story in the last thirty years, simply switched sides to whomever he felt best suited his ends.

          2) What Duncan did to Kyle was, to my mind, a far harsher and more personal betrayal than anything Magneto has done to the X-Men directly since the 1970s. It reminded me more of Mastermind, and the way he seduced Jean Grey into becoming the Black Queen, before she became Dark Phoenix and showed him that he’d bitten off FAR more than he could chew. Duncan may not have Magneto’s body count, but he has displayed a capacity for ruthlessness that borders on sociopathy. Even if it bothers him afterwards, the damage is done. It’s a minor miracle Kyle has NOT pulled a Dark Phoenix after what Duncan did to him; thankfully, Kyle’s friends and teammates were better able to help him than the X-Men were Jean (though again, extenuating circumstances applied, but that’s neither here nor there)

          Please understand, I’m not trying to be mean with any of this, just explain my thoughts regarding where things stand right now with Duncan (and rant a little bit about Magneto). I am not saying a redemption story COULDN’T happen, but I feel Duncan’s actions need to be taken into account before he can truly be redeemed.

          • Richard Grant Muir

            Well, as I’ve REPEATEDLY said, It’s only been a few hours since all this betrayal came to fruition, so, YES, there’s a lot of work that would need to be done.

            1.) I NEVER said Magneto was a good guy. I simply said that I don’t consider him a bad guy. Yes, he’s a murderer, blah blah blah. And I ALSO never said that he had a redemption story. All I said was that Anni reminded me a lot of Magneto. It’s called an opinion. I;m allowed to have it.

            2.) Anni’s personal betrayal–and the fact that he ISN’T from what we know a mass murderer–is what makes a redemption scenario much more interesting. He’s repeatedly shown that he was unhappy with what he had to do/was doing, and that it was for the greater good. Did he get selfish things out of it…? Of course. But he showed many, many times that he does care for Kyle. That is what it takes to start this kind of redemption story.

            And for the record, I’ve read X-men for 30 years. i[‘m pretty familiar with Magneto. You’ve said nothing I don’t already know.

          • davefragments

            This is a good discussion, but things are getting heated. Make your points without making them personal as “you” or “I” and just discuss.
            Please, do not take these discussions personally.

            Tomorrow, the next page will reveal more of what is happening and the fate of the various characters.

          • Richard Grant Muir

            Don’t forget “Don’t patronize other people” 😉

          • davefragments

            Take a deep breath and relax.
            I won’t forget next time.

          • Curt Clark

            I apologize for sounding harsh. I didn’t mean to offend or patronize.

            It is nice to see another long-time X-Men fan reading this comic. I’m at 24 years and counting, but I kind of obsessively collect and read Claremont’s classic run in particular. Wordy and slightly stilted, yes, but also some of the best character-building I’ve ever read in any story, comics or otherwise. <3

            It was never my intention to suggest you didn't have a right to your opinion…I am sorry if I gave that impression. I was simply trying to explain why I disagreed. It may have gotten a bit intense from me, but that's what happens when the X-Men become part of the equation. ^_^; Sorry again.

          • Richard Grant Muir

            Well, Magneto is always a bit… polarizing… 😛 All is good! Comics create passionate discussions. As long as we’re not calling each other dooty heads, it’s fine.

          • Curt Clark

            I concur. I get enough ad hominem attacks when I fire torpedoes at the Wolverine/Jean Grey ship. ^_^; I try my best not to spread that part around.

  • TwoWayStar

    *IMMEDIATE SPITTAKE* DID MY SHIP SUDDENLY START SAILING?!?!!?

    • Rapiret

      It was already canon that Spooks had a crush on Kyle iirc. During that one side story where they shared secrets and forgot about it.

      • NoiseShaper

        But Spooky of course was well aware that Kyle had not been 18 then…

      • TwoWayStar

        ahhh i read that, i thought he just said hed marry Kyle and stuff and hoenstly thats when the ship was borne for me.

        with the whole F***/Marry/Kill thing right…WAIT no thats was the Fluke! *furiously looks back to the archives for the single page youre speaking of*

      • TwoWayStar

        Hmm I re-read it and I’m not sure where it says that Spooky had a crush on Kyle. Did the Author say it in a comment (I know this happens sometimes)?

        • Rapiret

          I may have honestly misremembered. I was basing that entirely on memory but it could have been someone else that said something of the sort

  • Mir

    OH MY GOD

  • Snorlaxation

    Spooky: PAY ATTENTION TO ME
    Bites Kyle.

    • Jac

      Kissing is basically poetic biting, so you’re not wrong.

    • Curt Clark

      “Biting’s EXCELLENT. It’s like kissing, only there’s a winner.”

      • Wayne Lunkwitz

        LOL!If kissing is done right there IS a winner……Trust me!

  • TwoWayStar

    Maybe he’s just giving the fire back…*deflates and looks sadly at my poor ship, still sitting in the harbor*

    • Curt Clark

      Which one was it, if I may ask?

  • ~Journey~

    This is canon. Yes. YES.

  • KatKaleen

    Fangirling so hard! EEEEEEEEK!
    (Never thought I’d ever say that, let a lone write it)

    • My work here is done.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        (Ahem…) about that next book… 🙂

  • melanie powers

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’M SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW!!!

  • Darkflame173

    <3!!!!!

  • Jason Moon

    Spooky, you sneaky devil you!(Especially appropriate considering how he spent his day)

  • Derkins

    Kyle damn well deserves a kiss at this point, I’d say!

  • Nate

    So, I was thinking….

    We know there’s something different about Spooky, because he can use magic and not go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs™

    We also know that Kyle, newly awakened to his demonic heritage, sensed a “void” in Spooky.

    And after all his extra passengers had left, Amanda couldn’t detect Spooks’ mind at all.

    But when Kyle flooded him with hellfire, Spooky woke up.

    So here’s my theory:

    Spooky doesn’t have a soul. It was stripped from him in hell, and replaced by magic. And that’s why he can’t be corrupted by black magic… the part that could be corrupted isn’t THERE any more.

    But the effort to contain those spirits drained his reserves. So he was LITERALLY empty… until Kyle filled his tank again. And that’s why he’s so emotional… Kyle gave him so much, he feels more alive than he has in YEARS.

    (Please note, in this concept, soulless != evil. It’s more like an animating spark, or an alternate fuel source. His personality & memories would be something else.)

    • NoiseShaper

      That’s a pretty dark theory, but it doesn’t sound totally without merit.

    • I really like the way you’re thinking about this. Fun for me to read. Nice. 🙂

      • Nate

        But am I right? 😉

    • Curt Clark

      Personality and memories could come from the mind, in this instance. The soul sounds more like — well, a spiritual font.

      I imagine, in the instance you’re describing, soullessness would feel kind of like depression. Sure, you can put on a brave face, laugh and joke around, let your friends believe you’re okay, and ACT like you’re happy, but at the end of the day all the interactions, the jokes and smiles, are all just a facade for how hollow you feel, how grey everything looks.

      If Spooky had been feeling something similar to that, and Kyle’s fire woke him back up, gave him something that feels like humanity again, then it’s no wonder he’s kissing him.

      DAMMIT YOU MADE ME SHIP THEM EVEN HARDER. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE.

      • Nate

        It’s a gift. 😀

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Totally hug-worthy. 🙂

    • Librarican

      The one flaw I see in your reasoning (which I still like your thinking a LOT) is that when Amanda couldn’t detect Spooky’s mind, he still had all the extra passengers inside it. It still could have been the result of literal brain drain. Right now, after the release of souls, we don’t know what she can or can’t detect from as she hasn’t said.

  • Kolby

    I’m wondering if Spooky is possessed. I wonder if his soul got swapped out.
    Or…
    This could be legit Spooky feeling romantic “hero-love” for Kyle, but maybe Kyle and Duncan are going to work it out and Spooky gets shafted in a dramatic love triangle sort of way…

    Either way, I’m excited to see what happens on Saturday!

    • timemonkey

      Kyle and Duncan aren’t even a couple and haven’t expressed a desire to be. Duncan seduced Kyle for a reason (and admittedly got more invested than he intended to) and Kyle accepted ti because he had no other options.

  • Oh dear god… I just binge-read ALL of this, and the realization that I now have to WAIT to see what happens next is agonizing.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      For what it’s worth, you’re not the only person to make that comment. 🙂

    • LOL. Welcome to The Young Protectors, Kristycat! Glad to have you here. 🙂

      If you don’t mind me asking, how did you find us?

    • Juliette Leroux

      Hey welcome Kristycat! People around here are weird but the right kind of weird 🙂

      • Kate G

        Come for the comic; stay for the comments. We’re the comment happy bunch.

  • Librarican

    In TV shows that feature magic there are still those times where people who aren’t knowledgeable or involved in the magic being enacted go “WOAH! What was that?” or when someone suffers a magical blow back they ask “Are you okay?” Buffy and Charmed come to mind immediately. I guess I just expected something more like that then “Go team! Let’s help these people even though there is no present danger and we’ve just spent our last reserves of energy, strength, and superpowers defeating the big bad guy.”

    Heck, even the Avengers were allowed to gather around Iron Man and make sure he was okay. And after it all was done, they went and got shwarma!

    • NoiseShaper

      I think that would happen pretty much right afterwards.

      They’ve just a moment ago solved the final challenge and now there’s time to release the civilians and to tend to their own wounds; And there’s time to decompress and to reassure themselves that everybody is okay (well, Duncan might not be and Sircea*s acolytes quite clearly aren*t).

      That kiss pretty much marks the end of fear and danger and (hopefully) the beginning of cleanup and celebration.

  • Jac

    <3

  • Keiki

    I was really hoping this would happen and Im so happy it actually did….even if he’s being posessed by someone im glad Kyle got a kiss form Spooks

  • gumboluvr

    Well, kinda suspected this would happen. Commander looks a little shocked – I still think she and Spooky should be together. I’m hoping that Kyle and Flyboy get together, but I get the feeling I’m in the minority with that ship.

    • Kyle and Mitch would be adorable! ^_^

    • Curt Clark

      Mitch has someone waiting for him, and I personally am perfectly okay with that. I really like Cory.

      For my part…I’ve kinda been silently praying for Kyle/Spooks since Spooky came to get him with Fluke and Mitch after Duncan’s trap.

    • timemonkey

      I admit, I like the idea of Kyle and Mitch best but that possibility kinda died when we learned Mitch already has a guy back home and they just got together.

  • EyeDontNo

    Just had an awful thought.
    What if Kyle HASN’T won yet? What if this is a hallucination/vision from Laampros showing him what he expects to happen, as a way of distracting him from the battle?
    The wording of the first panel and the ability to shock Commander seems too “story book ending” to be the way people really act (IMHO). It’s too far below the bar that Alex has set for me to believe his characters would be that cliche.

    Saturday needs to hurry up.

    • timemonkey

      Sometimes you just need a good cliché. I mean they’re cliché for a reason.

    • Froya

      Oooh good idea! And maybe Spooky is on to Laampy and is using the kiss as a way of shocking everyone and breaking the illusion.

  • Curt Clark

    I try really hard not to be mean when other people have different ships than me, and my sympathies do go out to the Kyle/Duncan and Kyle/Mitch shippers out there. I promise, I’m not saying this to be malicious.

    But right now, I am still EXTREMELY (albeit tentatively) happy. 🙂 Kyle and Spooky’s chemistry together has been perfect from the start and Spooky is, far and away, my favorite character in TYP.

    I could be wrong and there could be an awful subversion coming on Saturday, but for right now, they look pretty well good to go. <3

    • Michael

      I ship them all equally (except Dunc, because he used Kyle and broke his heart), so I’m happy either way. Kyle and Spooks are a great couple with great energy, but so are Kyle/Paul, Kyle/Mitch, Paul/Mitch and lots of others, largely because the whole team has such great energy and comradeship between all of them.

      • Madock345

        Young Protectors teamwide polyship anyone?

  • eldestdawn

    Correction, he feels exceptionally cold unless heavily dressed or in direct contact with another person. That’s the whole reason for his heavy coat with it’s many pockets and the hoody underneath.

  • Andy Diehl

    I’m just hoping that’s a “You saved me!” kiss and not “MOAR SOULS!!!”

  • S+

    No, Spooks! Stop! Don’t bite poor Kyle in the face! He was trying to help you. You should be nice to him. Somebody, SAVE KYLE! Pull Spooks off his face.

  • Angel Rosemond

    Yaaaaaaaaaaassssssss!!!!!!!!!! My ship is actually canon!

  • Dennis Grace

    OMG! A demon has possessed the Spookster. He’s trying to suck Kyle’s brains out through his face!

    Seriously, though, I did NOT see that coming.

  • Dekira

    :)))))))))))))))))))))

  • Justin White

    WOW

  • Ant-Man

    YES-YES-YES-YES-YES-YES-YES-YES-YES_ JOY-JOY-JOY-JOY-JOY-JOY_

    CLAIM YOUR MAN SPOOKY : – ) _ have soul-fire sex_ make cute, part demon- babies and live happily ever after-

    thank you alex the wolf-man woolfson

  • SQUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Amberly Smith

    I don’t think that’s Spooky. The souls went back to the wrong bodies or Kylie is dreaming.

  • oooh fire can keep him warm

  • Chris Dangerfield

    OH. MY. GOD. This is the BEST page EVAH!

    To all my friends and awesome commenters on this graphic novel, I’m sorry to have dropped off the earth. A wonderful job has eaten me alive and the idea of even typing a note when I don’t have to is horrifying at the end of a long day at the keyboard. That said, I read every TYP page religiously. This novel is so amazing. Every LGBTQIA comic-geek-child that ever comes along should be issued these books as standard curriculum, at the perfect age. Damn it, I’m gay?! That means I won’t have a kid to give these books to on their birthday. Hmmmm… I’ll have to think about that. However, this is forever-art for our community. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

    I cannot wait to hold this Graphic Novel in my hands (and love it and hug it and squeeze it and…). HELL I WANT A NETFLIX series of this sucker. I want… omg I want it all.

    I will say Volume One sits prominently on the coffee table in my office. The number of straight business executives who eye it repeatedly and then can’t help themselves (with that shot of Kyle and Duncan) and finally pick it up and leaf through it with an impressed look (sometimes in spite of themselves). Then, of course, I have to explain that it’s not about the sex, but about diversity in entertainment. Particularly the huge super-hero genre of entertainment.

    I desperately needed this novel at that age. However I can love it now and feel great joy in knowing the next wave of teen and pre-teen LGBTQIA (and heterosexual) geeks will have it. In time this book and others like it will be ubiquitous in many formats.

    Oh frabjous joy.

    Thank you with all my heart Alex, Adam and Vero. Life is full of pressure, but these pages continue to make me gasp and smile and feel how art is one of the most important things we have. Just be assured, this graphic novel is going to be on the shelves and Amazon and everywhere for-freaking-ever. Love it. My sincere thanks. — Christopher D

    • Klaus

      Chris! It is so good to hear from you again. And you are as eloquent as ever.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Thanks Klaus. I honestly have missed you all.

        • Pietro7

          As we missed you! Welcome back. Happily anticipating a Chris commentary on tonight’s page, even if it’s brief.
          🙂

    • davefragments

      Hi Chris.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Hello and Happy late Birthday youngster! 😀

    • Chris!! Good to see you back in the comments. You have been missed. Something that have been said a few times, both in and outside of these comments 🙂

      Good to know it’s for the reason of having a wonderful job that you have been taken away from us, but for some reason I’m not surprised this is the page that got you out of hiding 😉

      Sounds like your copy of Vol. 1 has the best spot, tempting those executives.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Thank you muchly. It is fun to mess with straight people in a good cause. 🙂

    • Sapfo

      OH BOY!
      Who knew that this kissing page would wake up the sleeping Chris! 🙂

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Oh! Well hey there, it’s Chris. Good to see that real life is treating you well.
      As you can see, you’ve turned up just in time for another plot twist. Enjoy.

    • Hey Chris!

      Great to see you here again! Guess I’m going to just have to have more kisses, huh? 😉

      I’m very happy to hear that things have been going so well with you. And I love your anecdote about the straight business executives who just can’t help themselves. (Which sounds like a NSFW comic in and of itself.)

      Thank you very much, as always, for your very kind words and support. I know how much this project you’re on has been kicking your butt. But it sounds awesome. I’ll be looking forward to hearing more about it. And I’m delighted you had a couple minutes to check in. You’ve been missed.

      Hugs!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’m so glad that your job is going well, Chris! I’ve missed you and I’m happy that your absence is due to a good reason!

  • I, along with many others, have been wondering why we’re not seeing Spooky’s face. But I’m thinking in this instance, on this page, as nice as it would be to see a profile of the kiss, that it’s mostly about Kyle and Kyle being on the receiving end of the kiss. I’m hoping later tonight with the update we get a lovely eye shutter from Kyle as he kisses Spooky back and then profile shot of the kiss.

    That’s what going to happen, right, Alex? *hint hint* 🙂

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      In this case…….I think it was important to see Kyle’s reaction to Spooky’s “reaction”……if ya know what I mean 😉

  • Narukami

    oh gosh, that’s not fair XD

  • Saxon_Brenton

    For your camping entertainment: hellsnake fanfic

    Shane And The Hellsnakes – 24th Bite
    (A Young Protectors occult sitcom fanfic. Inspired by the stories of AMW comics.)

    Final story arc: (rest of urls at end)
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    PAGE 1 – Strategy
    (1.1) Exterior scene, city street. Shane and the other medical staff standing next to the coffee cart in the foreground in the front left of panel, looking across the street towards the building where the shamblers are coming from. Various unnamed bystanders are running away from the shamblers. Kat is using her thumb to point off panel to indicate they should leave.
    Kat: “They’re still coming. We’d better pull back.”
    (1.2) Medium shot of Shane and the others in front of the coffee cart. The cart attendant is hastily locking up his business. Shane looks thoughtful and points off-panel towards the building, while Kat and Joel are starting to move away.
    Shane: “Is that the only door? We might be able to block them if we park the ambulance in front of the entrance.”
    Coffee cart attendant: “Wha? Uh, no. The building goes through to the street on the other side of the block. There’s an entrance on that side too.”
    Joel: “Plus, you know, there are fire escapes.”
    (1.3) Medium shot of Shane and the others as they move away. Another shambler is attacking, and Shane dispatches her with a move that looks suspiciously like a Vulcan nerve pinch.
    Shane (only half paying attention to the shambler): “Pity. That might’ve slowed them down till the cops got here with a water cannon, or something.”
    Joel (looking surprised at Shane): “Uhm, dude, where’d you learn to brawl like that?”
    (1.4) Medium shot of Shane and the others beside the coffee cart.
    Shane (embarrassed): “I used to be a bouncer. And I still do self defence training…”
    Kat (exasperated): “Oh for crap’s sake, that’s only half the story and you know it. Just tell him.”

    PAGE 2 – Exposition
    (2.1) Medium shot on the group as they back towards the ambulance and away from the building where the shamblers are coming from, with the focus on Shane. The others can be seen half off-panel. Shane punches another shambler.
    Shane (exasperated): “Okay, fine. It’s like, you remember from training how somethings you’ve got a situation where you’re treating a patient and there’s some aggressive idiot, and you’re supposed to de-escalate and not make the situation worse…”
    (2.2) Medium shot focusing on Shane, repeated the layout of the previous panel as the group backs away. Shane karate chops a fourth shambler.
    Shane: “And they’re right. Of course they’re right. We’re supposed to be helping people here.”
    Joel: “I hear a ‘but’…”
    (2.3) Medium shot focusing on Shane, repeated the layout of the previous panel. Shane elbows a fifth shambler in the chest.
    Shane (rolling his eyes): “But, you know, sometimes that idiot is off his face on crystal meth or something, and no amount of calm words will get him to back down. And then you’ve got a split second choice to either protect yourself by backing off, or to protect the patient.”
    (2.3) Medium shot of whole group backing away. Everyone can be seen in panel.
    Joel: “Uh-huh. So how many times have you punched someone unconscious while on duty?”
    Kat (dry amusement): “He’s got two commendations for bravery, and three reprimands for reckless behaviour and endangering others.”
    Shane: “I swear to god, I had NO IDEA that medical work would involve hitting so many people!”

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    • Pietro7

      LOL! Love this!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Love that closing line!

  • davefragments

    Hello Campers,
    How are you doing this rainy night?

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      No rain in sight here……the rain came two days ago while I was running arounsd town getting things done!

      • davefragments

        The spring rains here have stayed late
        I’ve take to writing more short stories and staying warm.

        • Wayne Lunkwitz

          For me here this was a spring rain……which I was not dressed for…….and the look on the lady’s face when I walked in dripping wet and laid the payment on the counter was priceless!

          • davefragments

            I’ve been caught out a time or two. Ain’t nothing more dignified than looking like a drowned rat.
            😉

    • Nofsky8

      I have a mild headache, but otherwise rather well, I always enjoy the rain. How are you?

      • davefragments

        I finished a short story this week. So I feel good.

        • Nofsky8

          That’s excellent! 🙂
          I saw a movie with friends, my brother was apparently being quite the comedian.

          • davefragments

            My brother is still the comedian. I just shrug.

          • Nofsky8

            Hehe, sometimes that’s the best course of action. 🙂

    • We may get some rain in a couple of days. Which will be nice. It’s been in the 90’s here. I’m suddenly missing winter.

      • davefragments

        I need my lawn fertilized and the grubs killed. I have skunks and moles making divots and holes to get grubs. Think of that — grubbing for grubs.
        Ten minutes after they finished mowing my lawn, the heavens opened and stormed so bad my gutters overflowed.

        • Fun. :

          We have millions, or trillions of these little tiny bugs everywhere. I don’t know their purpose or why they’re here, other than all the rain we did get over the winter.

          • davefragments

            I hate little bugs.

          • One of the better part of winter.

      • Hehe. Here, in my part of the country, it has finally felt like spring all this week, and will continue to do so until monday. A whole week of sun here <3
        Of course, it's been way below temps in the 90s. Still cool in the night/morning, but days have been so nice around the 50/60s and often a near blue clear skye.

        Other places on Denmark have been cool, very gray, even rainy and windy, the last day or two so I enjoy my sun 🙂

    • Pietro7

      Outside the sky is preparing to rain. Inside it’s warm and I have cookies and a wonderful case of page-anticipation. Life is sweet!

      • davefragments

        yay!

        It’s always a good night when the page updates.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Doing well, thank you! My sports team has been sporting well, and it’s the weekend!

      • davefragments

        As I recall… the Cavaliers
        Yes, the Cavaliers are winning

        The Penguins are nearing the Stanley Cup, too.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Go Penguins!

  • Frenchie

    I don’t usually camp but…. That kiss though! I can’t wait to find out what happens next!!!!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I know, right?

      • Frenchie

        Yaaaaa!!!!!

  • davefragments

    I watched HIDDEN FIGURES last night (and the night before) …
    It’s a good, heartwarming and satisfying movie.

    • Nofsky8

      My school got tickets for that but I didn’t get to go, it sounded good, and wow two nights in a row! So it must have been excellent!

      • davefragments

        It’s about three ladies — one who is a math genius and worked with the other math geniuses to calculate the orbital flights before computers.
        The 2nd is the temp supervisor of the “computers” (ladies who calculate) and has the foresight to see IBM coming and teach the ladies Fortran
        The 3rd is the first african american woman to graduate as an aeronautical engineer and take a position at NASA.

        Me, being a chemical engineer and many times talking to HS classes and encouraging girls to sincere,well, I love it.

        • Nofsky8

          🙂 I really wish we got to see it now, I’ll have to pester my mom about it,

          • davefragments

            The Space Race was my teenage years. It’s a very nostalgic return.

          • Nofsky8

            Oooo, cool,

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I highly recommend it.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          They’re pretty much all three math geniuses, really – it’s just that one is like completely off the scales in terms of math genius.

          • davefragments

            Well, I went to Carnegie Mellon and although I’m good, I met geniuses. There is always someone better and brighter than you no matter who you are.

    • Hidden Figures is a great movie. I went to see it in cinema, even knowing of the two ‘controversial’ scenes/details that have been changed from the book, but I still loved it. Will certainly see it again when I get the chance.

      • davefragments

        I caught a few historical oddities and mistakes because I can remember those events. Most of those were simply to make a movie as a movie. This isn’t a documentary.

  • davefragments

    Patreon Rumbles
    Hearts go pitter-patter…
    Eyes are wide with amazement…

  • Frenchie

    I’m getting patreon notifications!!!
    HERE WE GO!!

    *gets popcorn*

    edit: LOVE THE NEXT PAGE!!!

  • davefragments
    • Chris Dangerfield

      Did I say that pages “couldn’t get better?” (Ahem) Well more kissing ALWAYS equals “better.”

      My awesome happy meter is broken and stuck on #11. Ha!

  • Vincent

    Clearly Spooky is now a zombie with a hankering for red head lips. It’s the only logical conclusion: He was dead. Now he is not. Ergo zombie.

  • !!!!!!