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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Two—Page 16

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Wait! Is this a kissing story? No one told me this would be a kissing story! I thought there were going to fight or something! I hope we get back to the superhero action soon! Jeez!

SOME NEWS: I’ve just created the Kindle version of Artifice! I spent a lot of time setting it up with Kindle’s new “Panel View” technology and I’m pretty pleased with how that turned out. And if you have an Amazon Prime account and a Kindle Fire (or other Kindle-branded device), you can actually borrow it totally for free! Please check it out and let me know what you think!

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So! We have lip contact! Is Kyle truly ready for what comes next? And what the heck is going to come next?!

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

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! Edit 7/26/13 9:18 PM: Wow! That was fast! Thanks to your amazingly generous donations, we’ve just tipped over the donation target on the bar below which means that in addition to our regular update next Saturday (page 18!), there will be a bonus update this Wednesday, July 31st (page 17)! Thank you all so much! Hope to see you there! 😀

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  • Vasyl

    Epic Kiss

  • AW! It gave ME butterflies.

    Seriously, I’ve had an epically terrible day. I can always count on Alex-comics to cheer me up. Super-grateful for the up-lift today. <3

    • It always makes me happy to hear a page update gave a bit of cheer after a rough day. I hope tomorrow is a lot better for you!

  • Midwestmutt

    Let’s all get drunk and go naked, let’s all get drunk and go naked, let’s all get drunk and go naaaaked, and lay in a great big pile!–The Furry Freak Brothers

  • vyloran

    So beautiful. XD A nice pick me up after my Shadowrun game was cancelled.

    • Glad you liked it! I hope you’re able to reschedule soon! 🙂

  • b3nc0

    Duncan is so very charming holding Kyle’s hand the all time til he gets by his side make him stand up then ravish him by /THE/ kiss ♥¸♥

    What’s that light, in the last panel, above their heads? Is something already ablazed by Kyle’s nervousness?

    • Yep. The continuous hand holding leading to a kiss. One of the few things Mr. Wells and I share in common…

      • Klaus

        Others being charm and wit.

        BTW the Free Dictionary defines debonair as gay and carefree.

    • Klaus

      Seeing how tall those candles are, he must have let go of the hand briefly.

  • bandanajack

    well you’ve given me a good reason to start my prime free trial in the immediate future.

  • For a bad guy Anni, you sure are a gentleman! I’d almost (almost) go as far as to say a role model! :O

  • krissdevalnor

    superexcited! ^^ Next page – come ooooooon!

  • YG_Frenchie

    <3 This page made my heart skip which was followed by warm goosebumps. So romantic! *happy sigh*

    I'm glad it was posted as I was going to bed. Put me in a more content mood after a long and weird day. I could just stare at them kiss. <3

    I'm such a fangirl when it comes to them.

    • I’m glad I could brighten your day a bit. Sleep well! 🙂

  • Soubi

    My senses were correct. More, please.

  • Ian Fox

    Ooo! We’re getting to the good part. 🙂

    BTW, Alex, I think I found your cat:

    • Are you suggesting that I have distinctive eyebrows, Ian? 😉

      • Ian Fox

        Who? Me? Naw… I just thought you might like a pretty kitty. 🙂

    • I rofl’d pretty hard at that. XD

  • fujoshifanatic

    Oh my gosh, I’m away for a week and this is what transpires?! I appreciate all the great dialogue and insight I got from the last coupe of pages (both in the story and comments), but I’m not gonna lie: I. Love. This! May Kyle and Duncan get very hot and heavy (in a good way!) over the next couple of pages! At the very least, the poor kid deserves it. Six years without even so much as a nice date with Rosy Palms is faaaaaaar too long, especially for a young man. Tend to that little flamer well, Duncan, and don’t forget the campfire rules as you go! 😛

    • b3nc0

      I still wonder what happened during Kyle’s /wet/ dreams? As a teen I certainly couldn’t go whithout seeing Miss Palms for a couple days and made Mom think I study geography at night with the bedsheets‼

  • CH

    This is… adorable and perfect.

  • Madock345

    I’m not sure if I should be happy to see sexytimes, or sad because I was having so much fun learning about the world. I suppose exposition can wait ’til sexytimes are over…

  • It’s so unusual hot and humid here today, at 6am, that I already feel like I’m melting… but still.. I might need to open another window because it’s getting hotter 😀

    I just love the mix of Kyle’s maturity and need mixed with the nervous unexperienced virgin.

    The emotions that have his hands shaking because Duncan turned the serious talk back into a seduction within a couple sentenses and a touch. It’s smooth moves.

    Now.. to lean back and see how hot this is gonna get.. literally 😉

    • the heat is even worse here, about 750 kilometers south of Denmark. It’s Pride Parade in Stuttgart today and the forecast says 36 degrees – and that’s if you happen to find shadow…let’s see if I live to see the Wednesday page 😉

      • I’m suddently even more okay with it raining here today, for the first time this month! The heat is making the air so humid and ‘heavy’, but I’ll take 25+ degrees and rain rather than 36C and burning sun.
        Have fun at the parade though. LOTS of water and hopefully some shade.. you need to be around for the next page 😉

        • Well, I actually made it through, though i had to enter one of the fountains on Schlossplatz afterwards 😉

          The Parade wasn’t as well visited as it would have if it had been a little less hot, but those who were there had lots of fun. I have to really take a bow to all the Drag Queens and leather guys – I wouldn’t have survived in neither a wig nor a full dress of black leather…

      • Oki, I changed my mind. I’d take the heat and bring and umbrella or something with me. I want out of this sauna like air!

  • Interpolation

    So this is going to happen then. I want to watch the building go ‘boom.’ It’ll be so pretty~

    • Klaus

      I still hope that Kyle finds that after more than 5 years of training, he is able to control his power even in the heat of a climax. Actually I have this image in my mind of him consentrating so hard to suppress the fire that the candles go out.

      • Titan4Ever

        Now that’s an interesting thought! Geez, Now i’m torn between Boom and Pffft.

  • it tingles..
    ..thinking about what we may see in 2 – 3 updates, makes me feel all tingly inside. . . . .

    ..and listen to kyle, referring to El Pantero by his first name!!
    how ballsy, kiddo!
    (heh heh)

    so, uh, hey..
    ..speaking of “tingly” — what if duncan does wants kyle “inside” him?

    (at the very least, i hope the old man’s versatile.
    for, what fun would it be, blasting the stereos?)

  • kaycee1967

    For anyone that doesn’t get to the Facebook page… this is what I hear playing in the background…

    Sentimental old romantic me…

  • Madock345

    Also: I feel that I have to add that kyle just looks weird in the first panel. Usually the art here is awesome, but Kyle looks… off.

    • He was slightly embarrassed and scrunching up his face.

    • Adam Black

      Nah the art just fine. Its a combination of two different facial expressions, anxious and eager. hes probably going to burn down this whole place. Think rollercoater.

  • KrisYWC

    Yew gross kissing. lol

  • Aww – I’ve had such a crap week, but chilling out this evening and getting such a sweet page (and a bonus one Wednesday! Yesss) really settled my nerves. These two are such an unexpected but fascinating couple – that keeps me coming back even more than the prospect of hot dude action. Thanks for the great work!

    • You’re welcome! And I’m glad the page could help you feel better after a tough week! 🙂

  • Keeeeewt nervous face. You, Adam and Vero have all delivered.

    This page is amazing! 🙂 Kyle looks nervous but Adam has captured the sincerity in his eyes and Duncan may have something up his sleeve but I feel he may genuinely love Kyle.

    I canNOT wait for more! 😀

  • Love this.

  • Khun David

    I predict torn shirt buttons in 3… 2…

    • I say he doesn’t start to loose any part of his clothing until Duncan gets him to the bed. 😀

    • Amanda

      Will the buttons be torn off, or will Kyle just incinerate them.

  • I have put off reading for as long as possible and I found some gold at the end of my wait.

    I so want to see how this works. We are slightly beyond bird and bee. Never mind bees and bees. 🙂

    But I like how it moved from talking of work, to personal concerns, to just personal. 🙂

    Wait? Did they eat yet?

    • Klaus

      Kyle comes directly from his birthday celebration with the team. No doubt he got enough to eat there.

      • True. I forgot about them. 🙂

        I wonder how and where they met up after that?

        • Klaus

          So do I. Leaping across the sky is hard to do discreetly.

      • Niggle

        Oh, that would explain why Kyle isn’t super tipsy or drunk, he had a full stomach.

      • Indeed, he did. 🙂

  • Amanda


  • TheGodEaters

    They’re kissing again. Do we have to read the kissing parts?

    Speaking as a proud member of the Twu Wuv club: we do, we most certainly do.

    • Fazzey

      And indeed it is a kissing thing. XD

      ….I loved Princess Bride too…..But every time Buttercup was said, my family & I all “MOOOOoOOOo”d….Buttercup is a cow’s name after all….And I am a farm girl. 😉

  • KiannaLeigh


    *falls over from the cute*

    Good job on this page guys. It gave me so many feels.

  • AC♥Bear

    I really like how they’re holding each other. So sweet and romantic.


    ~( • u •)~

  • Raven R. Bloodwolf

    *makes strained fangirl squeal* Aw so cute. I love it when they have fluffy moments. ^^

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    There is yet another possibility….that the next “scene” will be the two of them in bed shown from the waist up talking in whispers about “how amazing” last night was and nothing more!

    • Lindsey Amethyst Hampton

      You shut your mouth. Don’t play with my heart like that. ;-;

      • Wayne Lunkwitz

        Two words….”Remember Artifice?” when the “sex scene” happened it was not shown but later talked about a lot!
        Showing something like this would change the whole dynamics of this comic!

    • Klaus

      I guess more like this: An outside view of the building. It is night. A very faint light is seen in the windows (from the candles). Second frame: the windows are blazing. Third frame: flames shooting through the roof.

  • *screeches like a banshee and flies into the sun*

    Okay, seriously, there are probably some serious remarks to be made and some analysations and all, but… COME ON, THE BUGGERS FINALLY BLEEDING KISSED AGAIN!

  • Holly

    OH i am SO excited for Wednesday! Also, interesting fact. Today is the Pride Parade in my city. So the dad that Duncan and Kyle finally kiss again is PRIDE! That makes me happy!

  • Jamie Dutton

    YES, we have KISSING,ppl! Kissing! Finally 🙂 Lol, I’m all giddy and it’s not even me being kissed.
    I hope we have quite a few pages of kissing and other things, at least. I want to see everything go up in flames, maybe even literally!

  • Amber Rose

    Ahaha, d’awww. Anni all worried, and Kyle all embarassed but determined.
    Sooo, we gonna see another reversal like the first time? Soft and gentle to rough and passionate all in one go? I wouldn’t say no…

  • StarrySkyDancer

    FINALLY, some kissing XD

  • Summer

    “Superhero action.” Funny. That looks like what’s happening up there. 🙂

  • Emiko

    THERE we go. 😉

  • coyoteconscious


  • Yukiness

    I love how Anni’s face goes from gentle and caring to “come hither” in a flash.

  • Jeffrey McLaurin

    Finally! Not we’re getting somewhere… haha. 😉

  • YG_Frenchie

    So I was curious to find matching real life people that look like Kyle and Duncan then went on Google… Here’s whom I think would look most like them. Except imagine Duncan without the mustache. Even with he can be my Annihialator any day. (hope the link works)

    • Very interesting. 🙂

    • Angelo Angela I think this guy looks a lot more like Duncan.

      • YG_Frenchie

        Ouuu he’s hot too! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

        • Interpolation

          Okay, those pics were awesome. Especially those Duncans! I think they both could be him.

          • YG_Frenchie

            Thanks! ;D

      • Thud


        *coughs and blushes* uh, I mean, yes. That looks like Duncan. Thank you.

      • Maria White

        *as I looked at these pictures*

        My mother: What are you looking at?
        Me:… Uhh… not… porn?
        Mom: *stare* Scroll faster.

        • Jamie Dutton

          You’re mom sounds awesome!

    • AC♥Bear

      That kid looks identical to Kyle. Holy shizzles.

      • YG_Frenchie

        Thanks! I thought his hair was very much like his. Style and color… So cute!

  • warwriter

    So glad to see this on my iPhone this morning…It’s a kissy page! And let it go on for another page, as long as Duncan gets Kyle to bed at the end.
    Buttons and zippers won’t get in the way of these guys. But I got a bad feeling that they’re not going to consummate this time around…

  • Kyuunaochan

    I’m excited a bonus page is coming up on my birthday . July 31st . I love this comic .

    • Marc Bloom

      Happy Birthday! I hope someone kisses you like that.

      • Kyuunaochan

        Thank you 🙂 and I hope so too XD

    • Yay! Pre-HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a great one! 😀

      • Kyuunaochan

        Thank you 🙂

  • Jim Baker

    Is it my imagination or is there a focused glowing light forming around their heads in the last panel?

    • amanda

      holy crap I didn’t even notice that!!!!

      I guess this are heating up for kyle. it may be really cool to see what catches or fire first lol!

  • CH

    Just borrowed and read Artifice on my kindle. It looks good, and the panel view feature works really well. The only downside is that the font is a little small on the kindle.
    I’m one of the ones that found YP directly, I had never read Artifice before. Oddly though I had taken from comments here that it had an essentially happy ending you still had me nervous right up to the reveal (which eases my nerves about how uncertain Duncan can occasionally make me.)
    Guess it comes down to a cool read and great match to the tech. Great job.

    • Howdy CH!

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the Kindle version! Thank you! I was hoping the Panel View would help out with the smaller font, but I still agree that ideally it would be bigger. Right now I’m trying to see if there’s a way to get rid of the vertical margin on the top and bottom so everything can be even bigger. K8 isn’t the easiest format to work with, but hopefully I’ll be able to make that happen and folks can just refresh with the update. I’ll keep you posted on that if I’m successful.

      Thank you for the kind words about Artifice!

      (And “the most dangerous supervillain in the world” can indeed make one feel…. uncertain. 😉 )

  • amanda

    giggle!!!! so cute………
    I swear if somebody comes crashing through the ceiling or a cell phone goes off I’m going to go CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    you can tell I love this comic and can’t wait for the next page!! 😀

  • grimsister21

    I really like the fact that Duncen is trying to make Kyle’s first gay realtionship a good one. He’s Honest (at least I want to hope so), Sweet and I like how he’s not pushing him into sex.
    Gold star for being a charming Boyfriend!

  • AC♥Bear

    Because he has a cute nickname.
    It’s all sweet and cuddly itself.

  • Minh Tran

    As much as I would like to think that this is going to go smoothly, being taken to a place far from everyone else where you can’t use your powers effectively might be a bit too stekchy for me.

    • Minh Tran

      It doesn’t help that he’s now of legal age.
      Edit; was going to fix a typo but clicked thumbs down instead. Might as well change it to thumbs up since I can’t cancel it. :U

      • YG_Frenchie

        If you click the thumbs down a second time it will go away. I’ve down voted by accident before and found this out. I’m glad it was removable.

  • Minh Tran

    If they do get it on I wanna see some role playing. Using slutty verisons of their uniform. uwu

  • Camille Martin

    I cant take it. So much sweetness! This better go right. I dont want anyone interupting he needs a good experience damnit!!

  • I know there won’t be anything explicit, but I’m hoping we see things progress far enough that Duncan at least gets his shirt off. I like chest hair on a guy, and he seems promisingly fuzzy! I hope Kyle doesn’t scorch it off when he inevitably lights the bed on fire.

  • Cman65

    and the next page is a Mushroom Cloud

    • DarkJokerOfAmuro

      god damn that avatar pic of yours *drools*

  • RustyBurrell

    In that last panel… it looks like Kyle’s hair and skin are glowing. As if he may burst into flame at any moment. Dunno if it’s just the lightning or intentional, but it’s rather fitting.

  • Derkins

    bow wow chika wow wow

    • SuckerForCheesyRomance

      Great now im thinking of Tucker from RvB

  • Jim Baker

    I’m not sure WHY exactly he’s untucking his shirt. If this goes the same way as Kyle’s past sexual misadventures, all garments will be literally burned away in a few minutes. (Insert your “burning passion” pun of choice here.) Unless his clothing is somehow also immune to fire? Logistical question: what happens when you and your partner are both immune to fire, but the mattress and bedframe you are lying on burn to ash beneath you?

  • poppyroc

    What a tender kiss. 🙂

  • Jac


  • Awws! The flowers, the wine, the hand touch the seclusion . Sooo sweet!

  • Curious T

    Please tell me someone else got the Princess Bride reference! Just when I think things can’t get anymore perfect…