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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Two—Page 43

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Oh, dear…

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  • Holly

    MINE

    • you go Holly!

      • Holly

        yay!!!

        • Adam Black

          Finally.

          • Holly

            Finally?

          • Adam Black

            You are first.

            Its like Everest for you

          • Holly

            I’m second most of the time. It’s less Everest and more, the gold medal.

          • Adam Black

            You were *****KING Of THe MOUntain****

            Don’t diminish your glory.

            songs will sung of your achievement,
            your descendants will forever have something to be proud of,

            for too long it was snatched from your grasp, finally , finally, you took what was yours…

            Revel in this moment @disqus_5yYGRkSeuL:disqus , for life will never be as sweet

          • Holly

            That was amazing until the part where you said my life will never be as sweet as the moment I got the Virgin on a page of TYP. I want higher PEAKS!

          • Adam Black

            Holly, we all want higher peaks.

            You can be first again—- But it will NEVER be your first at being first.

            NO, if you really want a higher peak you must train others. have a whole team of Climbers, and when any of your students makes it, you can claim that victory as yours too.

            Lets face it. this was really a long time coming. No one really thought you would make it.

            No , expectations have been permanently raised.

            The pressure has never been this high, and the rewards are less.

            we will never forget you, but those climbers below have never looked so good either.

            Now its all just sad VHI specials

          • Holly

            no one believed in me? *lip quiver*

          • Adam Black

            That just means you were greater than we could imagine … ( does that save work)

          • Adam Black

            It was never that you couldn’t be first all on your own…

            The deck was always stacked against you. deliberately.. You always camp, …. and camp, and thus fall prey to every trick, every week, responding to jokes, and mirth… while everyone runs for the Hill.

            Your nice.

            But It takes KILLER INSTINCT to leave your friends behind and run for the next page

    • DAMN LOL.. congratz Holly, yours or Sapfo’s comment didn’t even show yet when I posted. We three were so close again it’s a matter of which Disqus decide to put first 😀

      • Holly

        HAPPY BIRTHDay?!

      • Sapfo

        I am kind of scared. Do you feel any different now that you hit the big three?

        • Adam Black

          … you wait…

          You will

          • Holly

            In five years I’m going to feel DIFFERENT?! *scared*

          • Adam Black

            oh, no.

            it will seem like nothing even happened…
            ….
            .
            ……………….

            …then…………

            .
            …………….

            .NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

          • Steven K.

            He’s right. Physically, the pigmented nature of the hair and the lower back are a couple of the first things to go.

          • Adam’s right. And suddenly Sircea doesn’t seem so scary and the eternal life and youth gig… a lot more attractive. No?

          • Sapfo

            O.O Noooo!

          • Adam Black

            but first you get lulled into a false sense of normalcy,

            and suddenly the remainders of your second extended adolescence disintegrate like cotton in the fireplace….
            **Poof*

          • Holly

            So I should REALLY finish college before I turn 30?

          • Adam Black

            super, duper totally definitely YES

          • Holly

            Okay well I will have to manage that, then. Now to just find the money to finish this one so I can start grad school

          • Adam Black

            Phd in Yaoi studies

          • Holly

            That would be an interesting degree….

          • Adam Black

            Alex can help design it

        • Not at all.. I’m still the usual wacky.. uhm UNIQUE me.

          But enjoy your last month before you hit the double 3’s as well. You baby, being a whole month younger than me 😉

          • Sapfo

            Thank you Elderly Danish. Your words bring confort and i no longer fear the double 3 😉

          • Steven K.

            Just wait till y’all get to be as ancient as me.

          • Sapfo

            On day yes!^_^

    • Sapfo

      But…. When Danish or I get the virgin, we get the Holly. What do Holly gets? Both of us?

      • Holly

        YES! Yes I do.

        Also I feel bad. I only JUST beat the birthday girl.

    • Holly

      I’ve never had a virgin. What do I do with it?!

      • Always remember you got served a virgin for my birthday. Not much can beat that 😉

        • Holly

          And on the day of DW’s birthday, Holly usurped her position and stole the Birthday Virgin! XP

          • Sapfo

            Brag and enjoy it. 😉
            Oh and dont forget t count them.

      • Adam Black

        ravish it , of course

        • I knew that you would know what to do.

          • Adam Black

            It was an easy problem to solve.

          • So it was. I went on a date with a virgin once. Walked like Eurkle.

          • Adam Black

            highwaters?

          • highwaters??

          • Adam Black

            the pants

          • Sorta, yeah.

      • Feverfew_M

        Whatever you do, do it gently. 😉

        And don’t ask Duncan for pointers, he’s kinda rubbish at the whole virgin business.

        • Steven K.

          Absolutely.

  • KICK HIS ASS, KYLE! .. Make it feel really hot and red 😉

    • Holly

      Fighting Fire with fire?! Who is truly the Red Hot?!

    • Sapfo

      Danish, I think Hamlet is wish to give you a present. Maybe you should check it out 😉

      • Oh I did.. I got my hotness to end the day anyway 😛

  • Sapfo

    And in case this is a virgin, so I hold it in Danish honor. But It was not the virgin 🙁 sorry Danish

  • davefragments

    Kiss the boo boo and make it better!

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    So that was Laampros who did that?

  • Holly

    Aww poor Kyle being forced back down by the chains! He tried so hard!

    Well at least he impressed Lampy, that’s what truly matters!

    Also I can’t tell if Lampy grabbed Duncan by the arm in the last panel, or if Duncan swung up with his injured hand and Lampy just caught it!

  • dereule101

    “Well whadya *expect* fairies to do??”
    “I thought they did nice things…like granting wishes!”

    P.S. Bush.

    • Holly

      So the carpets do match the window treatments

  • jreed3842

    I think Laampy’s got something up his metaphorical sleeves. Okay… I’m ready for Saturday to get here!

  • CH

    Was Duncan always this stupid?

    • Holly

      …. O_O Maybe. Maybe he WAS….

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    Laampros grabbed him by the burnt hand.

    • silibub

      *hisses* I know, as if getting at least second-degree burns doesn’t hurt enough.

  • silibub

    Oh, oh no! Maybe he’s going to literally take Duncan’s arm after all.

    Wow, that burn extends a lot farther than I initially thought…and here come the pangs of sympathy again, even though Duncan’s had a death grip on the Idiot Ball for pages now.

    • Holly

      Those looks like Second, my third degree. *wince*

  • Xalun K

    Holy crap. Duncan, seriously, whining about your injuries to a demon is probably the very last thing you should be doing. ESPECIALLY when the source of your injuries impresses said demon. o_O

    Kyle, buddy, I hope you manage to slip those chains soon, or you may become Laampros’ new science project! NNNNNOOOOOO!!!!!

    • dereule101

      It’s like showing off a broken leg to a wolf.
      Or fake-limping in front of my cat.

      • Xalun K

        Your cat amuses me. *chortle*

        • dereule101

          He amuses me too. I just gotta be careful not to act like prey around him. 😉

    • I was just thinking that was rather stupid of Duncan to show weakness in front of Laampy.

      • Xalun K

        Yeah, right now he’s very much reminding me of one of those people who thinks they’re invincible, right up to the point where they’re proven to be otherwise and they get this weird look and are like, “No… NO… I’m untouchable! How could this happen?! HOW???” LOL

        • I guess he forgot for a moment where he was. Can’t bitch to a demon of all things about a boo boo. Especially, as you said, when said Demon is impressed by the boo boo maker.

          Arrogance, ’tis thy downfall Mr Annihilator.

  • A few thoughts.
    1)Laampy is gonna heal Duncan.
    2)Laampy is gonna finish the deal (Give me your arm)
    3)Duncan’s in deep shit considering he just showed weakness in front of Laampy.
    4)Had a feeling the chains might yank poor Kyle back. But is he again made silent.
    5)What does it mean for Kyle that he impressed Laampy?

    • Holly

      YOU RIGHT! Duncan was supposed to give him his arm!

      • silibub

        *drags hands down face* I was afraid of this! Stupid Duncan and his stupid neglect for clarification!

      • dun dun Duuuun!

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      I also noticed that Kyle is no longer shooting flames from his extremities.

      • Hmmm, the chains bind him, but it seems the flames returned to him. Interesting.

      • davefragments

        Remember that when Kyle put out that burning building, he sucked all the flame inside him. I wonder what Laampros would do if a bunch of his flames were to be used that way…

    • dereule101

      “SO…what’s happens now is you agree to MY conditions and I don’t throw you into the maw of eternal suffering.” *squeezes burnt hand*

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        If Duncan was trying to fool the demon, Laampros may have seen through him anyway.

      • Sounds about right. Duncan was afraid of being weak and now he is being shown his weakness.

    • Denise Cruz

      I had the feeling that he wanted take a closer look at the burns…

      • Nurse Laampy? 😀

        • Holly

          DOCTOR LAAMPY!

          • With his degree from Demon U.

            This needs a mascot! Home of the Fighting…

          • Holly

            CERBERUSES!

          • Ha!

          • Adam Black

            Oculari

          • And here come the the Fighting Oculari onto the field, it’s best to lookout for these players, they see through all the trick plays.

          • Adam Black

            ha

          • stickfigurefairytales

            <3

        • Denise Cruz

          Oh, no! Not at all! He looked kind of… curious?! Amused?! Surprised?! Pleased ?!

          • Holly

            Roasty Toasty Duncan! Roasty Toasty Duncan!

            OOOO!!! Maybe HE will trying burning Ducan, and it won’t work. and Laampy will find Kyle eve more…. impressive.

          • Steven K.

            Thayts an interesting notion.

          • Denise Cruz

            Oh! You are so mean to Anni! Poor thing! He’s stupid in his choices, but, being stupid may haven’t been a choice… lol
            I think Laampros is about to withdraw Duncan of his way to take a closer look at Kyle, again, Although, this time, he’s going to do it in a more careful and curious manner. Maybe he wants to know how that kid can be so strong..

          • I dunno, Laampy looked a bit grumpy in that last panel.

          • Holly

            Grumpy in a “and you thought you could make demands of me” way.

            OR “How can you promise me the world when you can’t even keep the redone from harming you?!”

          • A bit of both I think. You thought you could make demands of me when you got burned by that little whipper snapper. I’ll be taking that key now.

          • Holly

            I’d like to snap a whip at Kyle.

          • A bit of a dominatrix streak there.

          • Holly

            >_> yes…. just a bit …. <_<

          • And there is George now in a leather harness.

          • Holly

            NO! That is just…. no. Why would you…NO!

            I do not want to do such things to George Finnegan

          • But what if George is into leather?

          • Holly

            Eyes shouldn’t have leather!

          • Poor George.

          • Holly

            Why would an EYE want Leather?!

          • Adam Black

            well, Why wouldn’t eye?

          • Holly

            Because he’s an eye. Leather is not an eye related item. Other parts of the face maybe, but not eyes.

          • Adam Black

            george is into dirty hell kink like you wouldnt believe..

            I heard he even…… does….. BLINKING

          • Holly

            LIES! George is a Starer! He would never… blink.

          • I saw false lashes in his room.

          • Adam Black

            wait till he all in leather in spikes on his bike.

          • A hell hog with flames shooting out the tail pipe.

          • Holly

            next you’ll claim he wears a coloured contact

          • Adam Black

            look above ….

          • He already started.

          • Adam Black

            that’s what he what he wants you to think.

            ever notice you never see his back?
            You have **NO IDEA** whats hes doing other side

          • Holly

            are you say he has TWO irises and pupils?!

          • Adam Black

            even worse.

            a glass eye

          • Steven K.

            He’s shy about showing his retina in public.

          • Maybe he likes being blindfolded.

          • Holly

            Aren’t blindholds usually softer materials?

          • He likes leather. He’s a bad bad eye.

          • Holly

            GEORGE IS A GOOD EYE! HIS VISION IS TWENTY TWENTY!

          • George has a secret life.

          • Adam Black

            put on a colored contact

          • First it was blue and then green. He’s gotten deeper now, wearing purple and soon, soon, he will try animal contacts.

          • Adam Black

            mascara

          • And then eyeliner.

          • Adam Black

            you havent even seen his dirty look

          • Steven K.

            Just twenty.

          • Steven K.

            Haven’t you heard of leather eyepatches?

          • Holly

            In the event you were wearing a leather eye patch, you were be lacking an eye. So that makes no sense.

          • Steven K.

            No – it doesn’t – that’s why it would be rather interesting in this case – maybe he wears one when he wants to hide.

          • Steven K.

            [In eldritch booming voice:] Step away from the boy! He is not for YOU. You may take the larger red one.

          • Holly

            ew NO! Gross! Why the heck would I want a giant red Demon, Ew, No Steven. You make me sad. EW

          • Steven K.

            I hear you’re good with demons – letting them know who’s boss.

          • Denise Cruz

            Maybe… but, take a good look at his eyes, on that same panel. His eyes are completely focused on Anni’s hand… He’s kind of analising the damage caused by Kyle… It seems like he’s impressed. I’m not pretty sure if it’s a good or a bad thing, although… O.o

          • He could be looking at it to see just how much damage Kyle caused.

            We need Saturday here STAT!

          • Denise Cruz

            I told you! We need a week with 3 or 4 days, only!! lol

          • yes, yes we do. 😀

          • b3nc0

            Be carefull, what if wednesday & saturday are in the ‘fallen’ days?

          • Denise Cruz

            Oh! It would not be possible, once I was the one choosing them! heheheh
            Tuesday, WEDNESDAY, Friday and SATURDAY
            That was our initial list.
            What do you think ?

          • b3nc0

            Seems right, but there should be 2 SATURDAYS as WEDNESDAY is potentialy a day *breath deeply in – steady – exhale* ~without~ °Д°

          • Denise Cruz

            Would not be bad but, if there was 2 Saturdays, how could Alex get the pages done in able time? It would kill him by lack of sleep, poor thing!
            That’ is why I put a Tuesday and a Friday on the list: so, there will be always a day between Wednesdays and Saturdays. Altough, we could exchange Tuesdays for Sundays… Better? 🙂

    • Adam Black

      maybe laaampros will offer Kyle his own deal

      • Holly

        OOOO I LIKE THAT!

        • Adam Black

          Would you dance with the devil in the pale moon light?

      • Door #1 with the jet ski and the Hawaiian Vacation, Door #2 Infinite cosmic strength (itty bitty living space), or the Mystery Door

        • Adam Black

          right to the mystery bedroom

          • With all it’s chains and bbq equipment.

          • Holly

            WHY IS THERE A BBQ?! THIS SOUNDS LIKE A LADY SPIDER!!!

          • Cause someone is hungry?

            Spider? Where is my shoe!

          • Holly

            No I mean it sounds like someone is getting eaten after sex.

          • Ohhhhh. *puts down shoe*

          • Adam Black

            bbq? Kyle is fireproof

          • I would assume he was the one doing the bbqing.

          • I did say equipment. For handling all those hot bits.

  • Laampros.. waiting to strike just at the right time, like a snake, going for Anni at the first sign of weakness.

    This is now things can go so many ways that I’m not even gonna guess before I see the next page o_o

    Such an intens page.. and a peek at Kyle’s.. fire crotch.. what a happy birthday to me 😉

    • Adam Black

      I WISH , its just a seal of the deal.

      humorously in a way that causes Duncan pain.

    • Maria White

      I think I see pink…. O.O *stares intently at the screen*

    • purplefoxglove

      Oh, another Scorpio! Belated happy birthday! 🙂

  • Holly

    THE CHAINS ARE SO FINGER TRAPPING KYLE?! Does anyone agree? The more he struggles the tighter they’ll get. He need to breathe.

    • Uh oh.

    • Adam Black

      he has to remember star trek,

      “no resistance”

  • PinkFlower69

    LOL Ducan’s crying about his boo-boo :)))

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    What happened to the key? I don’t see it around anywhere.

    • Maybe George ran off with it.

      • b3nc0

        He might have an inkling for globy entities ◕♥○

    • Holly

      He dropped it last page. So I’m guessing, on the ground? Just out of frame. But who will grab it?!

    • Xalun K

      It’s been out of frame – the area he dropped it in hasn’t been shown yet.

  • WarGoddess

    Laampros: I haven’t had a good meal in a long time. And now that the red-haired maggot has been preheated… *ties Duncan to a large fire poker and puts him over Kyle like a marshmallow over a campfire* I’ve always loved human s’mores! Lol 😀

    • Xalun K

      MORBID. Oh god. SO morbid, but made me laugh so hard!

      • WarGoddess

        Glad to make you laugh! 😀

    • Holly

      Is Ducan the ‘shmallow?! If that is true what is chocolate and graham crackers?!

      Think through your analogies WG!

      • Xalun K

        Why, his bones and his blood, of course. He’s all 3 rolled up in a nice, neat little package.

        • Holly

          that’s not a smore. That’s a campfire weenie.

          ONLY WEENIES BURN!!!

          • Xalun K

            Weenies aren’t supposed to be crunchy, though. (Of course, it depends on how you cook ’em, haha)

          • Adam Black

            we are NOT going BBqing Holly

          • Holly

            WarGoddess started it! And it’s not BBQ, it’s a weenie roast.

          • Which is kinda a BBQ

          • Holly

            ….no?

          • No??

          • Holly

            No! It’s not BBQ. I disagree.

          • Roasting weenies over an open fire…how is that not BBQ? 😛

          • Holly

            … Um… fine

          • No, really, I’m curious? What’s the difference?

            *Did I ruin the fun?*

          • Holly

            Well a BBQ involves a BBQ. Like you literally need the equipment.

          • Adam Black

            takes his equipment and goes home

          • Gotcha. I think.

          • Holly

            No. A campfire is not a BBQ, it lacks barbeque equipment. Plus there are cooking styles that are connected to BBQing that are not present in a simple weenie roast.

          • Okie Dokie! Considering I’ve never been on a weenie roast… I shall bow to your expertise.

          • Holly

            … Seriously? Why did I not start with “Have you ever been on a weenie Roast?”

          • I’m lacking in proper social connections apparently.

          • Holly

            It just never struck me that people haven’t done it. I mean, I had campfires and bonfires all the time growing up

          • It’s possible that it was done at that one Brownies camping trip that we spit hotdogs on sticks, but that was… I am not saying how long ago that was. NO I AM NOT.

            It’s possible that it was done when we took the motorhome into Sequia National Park when I was…

            Yeah, um, no recent memories.

          • Holly

            okay old lady AJ 😛

          • I’m not that old! *grumble* Just not part of my social activities.

            *waves cane* Get off my lawn.

          • Adam Black

            one time, at band camp

          • HA!

          • Steven K.

            I think I’d have to agree.

          • Adam Black

            No, just in time

          • Adam Black

            pulls his weenie from the fire.

            Holly, I said NO.

            ( I don’t even have a bun for it )

          • Holly

            aww Adam. You’ll find some nice toasty buns someday!

          • Adam Black

            they are still in jail

          • Holly

            O_o

          • Adam Black

            i dunno, i think..

            ( hot tho )

          • Steven K.

            Join the club, hon.

          • They make them extra long now… you know for the ball park franks.

      • WarGoddess

        Hmm…maybe you’re right…I didn’t think this through….(o_O)

        He’s a big campfire weenie!!! 😀
        …and maybe Laampros can use Kyle as the buns….
        If you know what I mean. 😉

  • Holly

    *RUNS IN WEARING AWESOME COSTUME!* TRICK OR TREAT!? *awaits treats, or she will bring the tricks mwhaha*

    • Holly

      …. Trick or TREAT!!!!

      • Have a fun size Reeses Cup!

        • Holly

          YAY! ^_^

      • Here’s a prototype of my yaoi-con cosplay outfit just in time for Halloween!

        • Holly

          where?

          • avatar…refresh page?

          • Holly

            Okay it didn’t change but I saw it when I clicked it! NICE! Wanna come with me?!

          • Sure enough! *runs after Holly*

  • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

    I’m somehow disappointed that Duncan’s thumb didn’t get burnt off.

    Then again a burned hand on the “King” could be a reference for another of my favorite myths– The Fisher King and the unhealable wound to be healed by the hands of a fool.

    • Holly

      ARTHURIAN LORE FOR THE WIN!

      • Steven K.

        Who is Amfortas?

        • I’m so not an expert, but I thought that was the Grail King… not Parsifal? But????

          • Steven K.

            Yep – that’s right. Sonny was talking about the “fisher king” with the wound that wouldn’t heal – that would be Amfortas. Although it is Parsifal who is the “pure fool” who ultimately heals his wound and brings him to salvation.

    • Adam Black

      i was just thinking something like this.

      There is a loophole in Duncans deal : Pain

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        And what about Sircea? The deal included her too.

        • Holly

          PAIN!

        • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

          Sircea is about to screw everyone over.

      • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

        Absolutely. Also, I predict the trap itself is going to backfire– not just this fiddly deal part.

        • Adam Black

          the secret of Kyle can throw it in chaos

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Possibly, but I believe that Sircea is about to screw them all— and not in any fun sense of the word.

    • Maria White

      I only know of this story cause that one episode of Criminal Minds.

    • Steven K.

      But wasn’t that wound supposed to have been in the …umm…let’s say “inguinal”-ish area?

      • Well classically yes. The supposed center of your creativity or fertility, but there are many variations so I wouldn’t want to be to specific about it. But I certainly get what you’re saying.

  • Steven K.

    Awwwwww – ya couldn’t let Kyle escape?? 🙁 Major bummerific disappointment here. At least I get another view of Kyle’s sexy hot red-tufted armpit.

    • Xalun K

      Yep, and holy crap, we got to see the carpet this time around. Kyle is definitely one sexy mofo.

    • Notice the red tufted crotch 😉

    • Denise Cruz

      Such a sexy thing. Isn’t it?! O.o

    • Adam Black

      there is less red. Did his hair burn off?

  • Holly

    It looks like Ducan is about to get swung into Laampys Impaler….

    • Xalun K

      Oh, is that what they’re calling it now? Impaler? *snort*

      • Holly

        Yeah. Let’s see if Ducan gets the point.

        • Xalun K

          I don’t know, it may be a little hard for him.

          • Holly

            Well he’s just going to try to have to open himself to new possibilites!

          • Xalun K

            It’s going to be a bit of a stretch, but he seems to be pretty flexible.

          • Holly

            IT might take a while, but I think he can get it all in.

          • Xalun K

            It’s probably going to have to be pounded into him for awhile before he really gets the idea.

          • Holly

            It might be painful at first…

          • Xalun K

            Oh I’m sure, but eventually they’ll hit the spot and Duncan will give in.

          • Holly

            And our little story will come to a climax. THE END

          • Xalun K

            ….. For now….

          • *standing applause and multiple curtain calls*

          • Holly

            *bows with Xalun*

          • Xalun K

            *bows deeply and grins widely*

          • *holds up lit cell phone screen then switches to a lighter with a REAL flame*

          • Adam Black

            Maybe rejuvenation requires an injection of demon love

          • *nods in agreement* Yesssssss….

          • Adam Black

            Somone write this fanfiction

          • Steven K.

            Hmmm – didn’t think of that. Could just be the case.

          • Feverfew_M

            I’m gonna say it with Kermit:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NTEBK8erAQ

    • I love the whole thread below this comment xD
      You two are on fire, and it just comes hot and fast.

  • Duncan actually looks a bit hurt (emotionally) that Kyle actually hurt him. HIM! I guess sweet little Kyle isn’t so harmless.

    • Adam Black

      more his ego

    • If he’s hurt emotionally, then he’s a whining hypocrite!

      • Aren’t we all upon occasion?

        • It’s an even less attractive trait for someone with so many black marks on his card like Duncan…

          • It is a very ugly trait. And he needs his hypocritical butt kicked. Then maybe they might start meeting for coffee on occasion to gab about what’s going on in their lives.

          • Nothing that a triple grande latte can’t fix.

          • With extra whip.

          • b3nc0

            Whip for the naughty boy ^////^

        • Dearest Admiral,

          I would agree with you but I’m simply exhausted beyond belief from being so constantly virtuous, such that I simply can’t find a spare minute to whine hypocritically. It’s a desperate state of anguish I’m in here, really *leans in* let me tell you all about it…

          *grins*
          ChrisD

          • *takes out notebook, holds pencil at ready* Shall ve start at ze beginnink?

          • ahahahahahahahahcoughcough… you know me too well already. I think I need a new therapist. 🙂

          • You should have that cough look at. 😀

          • I tried, but they said the couldn’t ‘see’ a thing.

          • HA!

      • Steven K.

        That’s for SURE.

    • Steven K.

      He shouldn’t be too surprised about that, given what-all he’s recently done to Kyle, the way he did it, and the cold, heartless things he said to him.

      • True that. See that’s why I’m a standing member of DBIR. I would have happily toasted quite a bit more of Duncan for what he did on my birthday. Yep, sorry, me not nice. 😛

        • Steven K.

          No – that’s PERFECTLY understandable – I’d likely have done the same. Sorry to burst your bubble …err …bag, (everyone move away from the douching equipment!) but I don’t think that feeling that way, under the circumstances, with what Duncan has done to Kyle, and what his (at least stated) plans are for the world, would AT ALL make someone a douchebag . I think it is totally acceptable to feel like that, and I’d be a little concerned if one didn’t, actually.

  • Denise Cruz

    if that idiot horned head cause even more damage than Kyle has already caused on that arm, I’ll kick his ass from here untill Japan and come back kicking it even harder!

    All right! I know Anni has been stupid enough to deserve it, but, I still want him to be completely whole when coming back.
    I’m also pretty curious about IF Laampros is ever gonna let Kyle come back peacefully. I don’t think so, although… Poor kid!!

    • Holly

      I disagree! I want that hand GONE, or permanently burnt! The man needs some battle scars. His only injury caused by a Demon and a Boy he underestimated!

      … yes I’m mad at Anni, can you tell?

      • Denise Cruz

        I know you are, sweetie! I’m am too. We all are, but I don’t think that… damaging that material is the solution for it. Maybe he should take a nice time in prison, for a change… or maybe take a bit of Kyle himself!.. These would be acceptable punishments for him, on my pov, at least. And, of course, get a permanent scar on that hand.
        But, I don’t want any part of him missing… You know?! Such a waste… >~<

    • silibub

      Hmm, maybe Sircea can patch Duncan up if he manages to return without incurring any more significant injuries…or not! It would be interesting if something about Kyle’s flames defied magical healing, and Duncan had to carry the scar.

      • Holly

        Yes his ONLY scar. I reminder! *happy dance*

      • dereule101

        It would be interesting. Like, because the injury occured in another dimension, he can’t heal it the same way. Or something.

      • Denise Cruz

        I even talked about it, on the previous page comments… Such a scar would be pretty acceptable and a good punishment to Anni’s pride.
        About Sircea, I don’t think it would be necessary. Once he’s back here, his powers will be back and he’ll be able to cure himself again.. ^^

        • Holly

          NO! SCAR! *plops on the ground with my arms crossed*

          • Denise Cruz

            It’s better to have a scar than to have no arm!! lol

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          Not if Laampros takes one of his hands off. 😐

          • Denise Cruz

            Don’t even think about it! (snarling)
            That thing wouldn’t dare! Ò.Ó

          • Denise Cruz

            I still would rather he doesn’t! I could flench him badly if he did it. (snarling).

          • I’m sure this is a language thing, but I’m not sure I wanna know what happens when Denise “flenches” somebody… anybody else?

          • Denise Cruz

            LOL Flench/ scarf / flense / quarter… You can chose your preference, ChrisD!
            Laampros won’t be this lucky, if he dares hurting Anni even more! (growling)

  • silibub

    Yikes, such an intense page right before I have to go to bed. Hopefully Laampros doesn’t start removing limbs, and Friday night can’t come fast enough!

  • Laampy: His strenght is.. impressive.

    I can almost ‘hear’ him say that.. in an almost drawl when saying ‘impressive’ *shivers in delight*

    • Holly

      mmm yes. Quite…impressive

    • Feverfew_M

      Happy Birthday! 🙂

    • WarGoddess

      Happy birthday!!! 😀

    • I imagine the original Palpatine saying this. Not that hack in the new movies.

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    What is Kyle looking at on panel 3? He’s not looking at Duncan or Laampros, and he seems somewhat surprised.

    • He may be just glaring as he’s trying to get free.

    • Xalun K

      It may just be random struggle face. Eyes open, but not necessarily focused.

    • Holly

      Yeah, I think he’s just glaring at the situation of trying to get free

  • Denise Cruz

    Where’s the key?! Maybe that’s what Kyle is looking for… It’s not visible anywhere…

    • Holly

      It’s off panel, but maybe yeah. may he’s looking for it.

    • Good point.

  • So…loving the way that you’re using Anni to cover the dork. Loving it.

    But you know what this page needs? Some angry, writhing Kyle in Nutella.

    >_>

    <_<

    Um…
    what?

    • illanm

      I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

    • Holly

      I NEVER want to read fanfiction for YP. I am scared of all of us and what we would do!

      • Adam Black

        demon semen is magic?
        alright Duncan time to get your youthing juice

        • I.. uuh.. why did I happen to read this D:
          I’m with Holly.. never reading fanfic for TYP *LOL*

          • Holly

            Yeah I feel like we as a fandom would be worse than even Pacific Rim.

          • LOL… now that’s just plain mean. 😀

          • Holly

            I’ll have you know I am in that fandom. It’s an inside observation. IN FACT, one of my confessions got posted on the Pacific Rim Confessions Tumblr!

          • Ohhhhhhh…. I stand corrected. I misunderstood you. The confusing and frenetic visual effects and editing made me frustrated, so I should just be real quiet now. XD

          • Holly

            Robert Kazinsky becomes vastly more sexy when you make him Australian and in need of discipline.

          • You know? You’re right. But let’s be honest, who ISN’T that true for? XD

            EDIT: And why is it you put one of those men in a claw foot tub and the point value just shoots up????

          • Holly

            Gerard Butler! Because Scottish Accents are Sexy! And I am totally fine with giving in to that man! rawr

          • Exactly! But you need to capitalize that RAWR!

          • Holly

            I feel like I should tell you about the most frustrating aspect of my life. Lol

        • ‘Kay… take the Demon Semen that you get from the Firection and fix it thoroughly with the cock-weasel and then dump it all in the douchecanou and then…

          awww crap… I ran out of and thens…

          • Adam Black

            whoa… two Firections…
            can we cross the streams?

          • Only if you don’t mind demon marshmallow all over the place.

          • Adam Black

            tease, tease, tease!

          • Cydney Sabin

            Hooray for references and double entendres!

          • Steven K.

            Eeww.

          • Mmmmmmm tasty!

          • What did you do, Ray?

          • Steven K.

            Sounds like some bit of potion-izing from the world of Harry Potter.

          • HA! Actually Sircea makes extra money by teaching a night class at the local community college. I’m learning a lot. Soon I hope to be able to produce a rain of frogs on my own, but that’s still a few classes off. 🙂

          • Steven K.

            For the last 16 years I’ve worked as a professor at my local community college, but back when I was in high school and my early college days, they used to actually offer a course in witchcraft (I think through religious studies or some such thing). Unfortunately, those days are long gone where they offer all kinds of interesting “personal-interest”-type classes like that.

      • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

        Tsk. Mine would be glorious. XD

        • Oh please do share!

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Would be. Would be. Goodness! lol

            Honestly, had I the time– (which is kinda eh given the projects I’m working on)– I’m not too proud, I would write you guys some fanfic.

          • Sonny, we look forward to it like we look forward to your marvelous theories and musings.

        • *chris pre-orders kindle edition*

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Aww. — Hey, did you check my theory about Sirceas’s shield on the poster? I was curious to know what your take on that was.

          • Adam Black

            i missed that

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead
          • Oh thanks for pointing that out, with Disqus I’d completely missed it. Very interesting. Of course now I want a better view on that shield. 😉

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            You and me both– particularly the sections around the “birth” in the center. Got to say though– it’s making “Kyle the Seraph” look more and more likely.

            I’m not sure how I feel about Duncan potentially being drugged. In one case, it absolves him of some of his actions *if* Sircea’s potion works anything like Circe’s moly potion. HOWEVER— it’s going to be worse for Duncan if he was coerced by her like that once he’s “sober”. If he is who I think he is… oh the pain. Especially if he does have feelings for Kyle– it wouldn’t even have been him that screwed up his potential “happy ending”, and now Kyle would probably never believe him or touch him.

            Sircea could have even put it forth to Duncan as some form of medicine, given his “health” request (if that was sincere). Duncan may not even believe he can live without the potion.— At the end of Odysseus’ life, after she had her son murder him with a magically poisoned spear, Circe had Od’s body brought to her— and she raised him from the dead to be her slave. And that’s how Odysseus ends his tale, Circe’s pitiful slave, until he’s mercifully killed by one of her children. In the meantime Circe takes everything he loves through puppeteering him: Ithaka, his family, his friends– and -at last- makes Telemachus and Penelope immortal (here used as a curse) so that they will forever be separate from Odysseus, even in death.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Great post, Sonny. I always thought that Duncan was doing it of his own free will, but now you’ve given me more stuff to think about. I did notice that there was only one goblet on the table and two bottles.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            It’s an unlit candle, a bottle and a cup.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            No, not the candle. My mistake, I thought there was another bottle near the edge of the poster, but it’s part of the pillow.

          • Love this post. Hate the idea of some of it. Love this post. Hate the idea of some of it. Love this… (oh sorry, got stuck). Wow. That is both fascinating and terrifying. I wonder how I’d feel if Duncan had been drugged/fooled/etc — I honestly don’t know. I’ve been one of his sharpest critics for what he’d done to Kyle and to find out he was not in his right mind while doing it? Serious pie in MY face. I guess I’d have to wait and see. Either it would be heart-breaking and I’d obviously have to forgive a broken man or I’d have that horrible feeling we get when someone conveniently “forgets”, “goes back in time” , etc… Either way Kyle lives with horrible events and Duncan lives with worse. Yikes. I have no idea what I’d feel. Alex never promised things wouldn’t get bleak.

            Sircea (in this musing) = A BIG NO FUN

            I’m also not motivated to re-read Odysseus as a little pick me up after reading this post. I must say it’s been many years since I read those tales. I’d forgotten how bleak some of it is.

            Regardless, great post Sonny, @sonoftheatomicbiscuithead:disqus and fun Seraph idea. I love it every time it every time you bring it up.

            Best,
            ChrisD

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            I hope it doesn’t end like a Greek tragedy. A little more upbeat would be better.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            We’ve only got an upbeat promise for Kyle. Duncan’s tale may end in grief.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Sonny I’m not sure that Duncan is an innocent fly in Sircea’s web. She may be playing him, but he seems to want strength and youth real bad. Duncan seemed very sad after he cast the spell on Kyle, and later he told him:
            “If things had been different…”
            “If I were different”
            “But I’m not”
            “I know what I am and I’ve been who I am for a VERY long time.”
            Later on he says:
            “and I am nothing if not so very, VERY strong” “And I fully intend to STAY that way”.

            He seems to be driven by his fear of becoming physically weak and seems a willing participant in Sircea’s plans (if they are her plans), not like Kyle who got caught up because he was trusting and naive.
            He may be underestimating Sircea, her motives, but he went into this willingly to do whatever it took to get what he wants.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            If he believes he’s actually dead or dying and all that’s keeping him alive, then all those quotes hold.

            “If things had been different…” + obvious

            “If I were different” + If he wasn’t what Sircea’s made of him

            “But I’m not” +accepting of his believed fate

            “I know what I am and I’ve been who I am for a very long time” + Sircea’s slave, he was probably sircea’s ally long before she duped him with the potion (mirroring Odysseus to a certain extent)

            “and I am nothing if not so very very Strong”+ He was strong before he believed he “died” or whatever it was that Sircea used to trick him, he clings to that, and doesn’t fight against the sorcery because he believes it’s ultimately to his good.

            Fear can still motivate you under the influence.

          • This is a super interesting supposition.

            I do understand your examples above, but when re-reading those very painful pages. There is no coercion or conflict observable in Duncan’s actions. Duncan seems nothing but self-serving. So if what you suggest might be true, it’s entire indiscernible to me from what’s shown on the page.

            Re-read page 30 forward, as Duncan dresses next to the betrayed paralyzed Kyle (we’re not even to hell yet), if you re-read Duncan’s first words to Kyle, “I don’t owe you an explanation. I don’t owe you anything at all.” It’s delivered as harshly and coldly as you could wish of a villain.

            Doesn’t feel like Sircea’s doing to me? (I know I don’t know) but Duncan is NOT struggling on those pages, nor the ones that follow. He is just cold and false.

            Still an interesting idea.

          • Steven K.

            Those 2 lines – “I don’t owe you an explanation. I don’t owe you anything at all” – are, for me, the roughest and most painful and worst parts of the story so far.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Yes, very harsh. But just before that he looked very sad, kind of regretting what he did. It looks like he was fighting with himself, giving himself a pep talk to convince himself to stay “strong”. He didn’t like what he was feeling because he considers it a “weakness”.

          • You’re a good soul Jakk, to see it so generously, I just see the part that makes me want to slap D. Which is why I’d probably make such a lousy therapist! Ha.

          • I know. Really. I know I’m just going for the suffering, but his face is so cold. Ah well, what part of super villain did I not understand. Ha.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            They gave me hope. If he felt the way those two lines suggest, Duncan would have said nothing at all.

          • Steven K.

            That IS quite a hopeful (though hopefully rather insightful) notion. *MY* hope is that this could actually end up being correct.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Let’s just put it this way, if I were Dunks and I felt like that, I wouldn’t have bothered speaking at all. You don’t talk to someone you see as a means to an end. That’s like carrying on a conversation with a car– it exists to get you from point a to point b.

            Though if I were Duncan as you guys fear he is and needed Kyle, I wouldn’t have terrified him either. I would have seduced him to the point he went along with the plan willingly, chipped away at his spirit until he was my creature, and kept him by my side as my darling boy to be used in any way I saw fit- at whim. And I could have spun a trip to “hell” and my plans— I could have spun them until they glistened shiny for Kyle, tied him up in them, and combined with giving a love-starved young man all the adoration and cock that he wanted, everything would be mine.

            That would have been much more fun too. For the betrayal to happen, there must’ve been a reason. Have a little faith in Duncan.

            This has been your lesson in manipulative douchebaggery. *bows*

          • You make Douchebaggery-Duncan sound like a much better date. I’m all conflicted now on who I want to go out with. LOL.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Good is not necessarily nice. Evil is not necessarily nasty. XD

            Well, you’d have a better time with Douchebaggery Duncan, undoubtedly, but you’d lose what makes you “you”, becoming his plaything. — I’d stick with real Dunks, myself. He may be a horse’s ass, but he’s got the potential to be otherwise if he wants to be.

            You’re married, I’m not. I think I’ll have a little bit of an edge at our next DBIR meeting. If Kyle doesn’t want Dunks, I have no problem with sloppy seconds– even slightly singed ones…

          • HA!

            The bitch and the benefit of being married. Man won’t approve of me dating Douchebaggery-Duncan regardless. That sounds okay just now.

            I will say the whole thing reminds me a bit of boring people I’ve dated in the past who have said things such as, “Let me be honest…” and I’m smiled and nodded and thought: OH PLEASE GOD DON’T. YOU BORING SACK OF…!

            That said you’re right, DB-Duncan will be more interesting in a slightly psycho unpredictable way to date than, nice manipulative Duncan, BUTT, under your current theory he’d be drugged up. So what’s the right answer? LOL. Clearly damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Literally.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Ahh, most of my theories stand on their own though– even if they can also work in concert. Duncan may just be an enormous tool on his own, without being drugged. Or he may get drugged by Sircea later. Sooo many possibilities!

            Yes. The “I’m sorry, this isn’t going to work. You’re so boring dead flies wouldn’t fall off you.” is a hard reply to make to the very boring. Especially if whomever it is finds themselves very interesting.

          • Interesting… hadsn’t thought that.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            I see that potentially as the potion working over Duncan’s guilt. We see Dunks’ pain just before he delivers those lines. That could easily be an “OBEY” from Sircea. So Duncan does, being a bit of a weasel while doing it– dropping hints for Kyle not just because he might like him (I think he does) but to spit in Sirceas’s face a little.

          • True that could just be me, not knowing how such a potion could work, but going on your “no wasted space in a webcomic” theory, I couldn’t see any visible clues that said ‘coercion’ … but it could all be true ???

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            If you knew immediately, wouldn’t be much of a story. Then again– you know how I love to spin my wheels. I could be wrong.

          • Ha! And we all know that villain monologuing is a power all unto itself!

          • Steven K.

            Have you ever seen Wagner’s Parsifal? Wagner’s version of that part of the grail legend is a rather glorious one.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Yes. Wagner went for glorious with all his work. Put his family in the poor house doing it.

            Did you know that Wagner’s Parsifal was, in part, what fired up Heinrich Himmler to seek out the holy grail?

          • Steven K.

            That he (Wagner) did! Wagner was pretty much Hitler’s favorite composer, and many of the Reich’s leaders took inspiration from the “nationalism” that was derived from his work, but also used it as propaganda, as I’m sure you are aware.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Indeed.

          • Sonny,

            I kept trying to think of what you’re post reminded me of. In it’s a rather insane fantastic hallucinogenic way it led me back to the very entertaining and VERY deeply intellectual trilogy called The Orphans of Chaos. Three books by John C. Wright.

            It’s kind of an insane story of four (?) “kids” sent to a school on earth who slowly begin to regain their memories and it involves every possible intellectual greek and other mythological, multi-dimensional character you’ve ever mentioned and more. I loved it, but I, personally, was forced to make Google work hard for me. You’d probably get much more out of it. It’s fantasy adventure at its loftiest. And, I say that having read a LOT.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphans_of_Chaos

            http://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00CKCV9GU/ref=sr_1_5_acs_b_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383199907&sr=8-5-acs

            They are hugely entertaining, very challenging on an intellectual, mythological and historically referential level and great fun. For me at least.

            I just thought I’d share for your someday list, if you wished.

            Best,
            ChrisD

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Hallucinogenic… I will take that as a compliment.

            *eyes sparkle at new books* You’re spoiling me. You do realize this, yes?

          • Good. Yes compliment. Loved them and had to read them like your’s and Adam’s posts… (lots of google) full of references to historical characters made real. Intense in the good way.

      • Did you not read the one I wrote a few pages back?
        I mean, I can always write a new one if you don’t remember it 😉

  • Adam Black

    The deal is sealed,

    But I predict Pain for Duncan now, regardless of what happens.

    You can be healthy and in pain…. o, loopholes

  • Also, once again, props to Adam for his amazing art. <3

  • Katie Chambers

    Wait… Are we all NOT concerned about the gleam in Lampros’ eye here? Screw the key! I think Anni about to GET screwed on being forced to watch some smex of Lamros x Kyle

    • Steven K.

      Banish the thought. Need to chain any of Y’ALL up who have thoughts like that. 😛

  • Holly

    So I was going to make a comment about how lately Gingers are really hot. And then I recalled the Photographer Thomas Knights has a new exhibit called *drum roll*

    RED HOT! Like Kyle’s hero name.

    • That…video…was SMOKING HOT! Check out those Gingers, everybody, and get started on fanning yourselves!

      I’m putting it on my Tumblr. Thanks, Holly!

      • Holly

        My favorite Ginger Professional Model is Danish. My second favorite is Canadian.

    • Interpolation

      That was amazing. This is now Kyle’s new theme song.

    • Steven K.

      Wow – I really liked those guys – well, except for one.

  • illanm

    Looks like Anni’s about to get eaten – and not in the fun way…

  • Could this twist of scenario change Anni’s mind, so he would want Kyle’s help?.. because that could be a bit difficult given that Kyle is a bit tied up right now.

    *drum sound for cheesy pun*

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      I’m worried that Laampros might want to keep Kyle there, or use him for his own purposes…and happy birthday! 🙂

    • Do you think were Duncan to be really harmed, maybe about to be killed, Kyle would try to save him?

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        not at the moment. I think Kyle is too angry. But I could be wrong.

        • I’m with Danish. I think it would be in his nature to do so, even with how angry he is. He might at first think to not help, but his Hero nature would roar to the front and he would do what he could.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Well he’s a bit tied up at the moment, thanks to Duncan. So not much he can do about it.

          • No, there isn’t, but I think he would try to break free at least. I don’t think he could stand to see someone killed in front of him and attempt to do nothing.

          • Thank goodness. If he saved Duncan at this moment, I swear I’d be so confused about who to be mad at, that I be more a raving lunatic than I am… and that’s saying something. 😀

      • Yes, if for nothing else then simply because it’s in his nature to want to save people.

        • Agreed

        • Steven K.

          Yeah – have kinda felt the same way.

          • Yeahhhhhh… that’s ’cause you guys are the good guys… us DBIRs still want his villain butt kicked first. Sorry. :/

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            This is true.

          • Steven K.

            Oh – I want that too!

  • Two pages ago I was pontificating and said in the middle of it…

    “http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch2-page-41/#comment-1094768396

    “A horrible example: The last panel shows Kyle using superhuman will to overcome the paralysis spell and it throws all of Duncan’s plans into the shredder… look at our hope. I’m giddy with excitement that he’s just un-paralyzed for a moment. However, if Alex needs to dash that hope (? Not saying he does ?), but if that were the point… then the sharp contrast of Kyle pulled forcibly back into powerlessness and voicelessness against his will and business returning to usual would break some hearts and that creation of sharp contrast would create the biggest emotional reaction in most of us and it could be entirely done without dialog.”

    I hate myself and I’m going to hang my new sexy Deacon fridge magnet upside down in protest, until things look up for Kyle. *wipes tear from his cheek*.

    • We don’t know if he’s voiceless again.

      • Thank you. You are an angel and I needed that before going to sleep. Wolf, Sapfo and Holly took all the virgins with them for her birthday, so all I have is this hunk snoring next to me and he AINT no virgin….

        I’ll sleep better for imagining Kyle cursing Duncan out big time!

        Thanks Admiral!

        • You are mighty welcome. 🙂 And it’s very very true, considering he was cursing in panel two.

        • We can switch perhaps? I might be oki with the hunk for the virgins, even if he’s not oki with me.. being a woman and all that 😉

          Ah yes, a hunk for my birthday :3

          • Sapfo

            unfortunately that hunk is most likely only interested in the gender known as Chris. But you can have another hunk. Just have to find him 😉

        • Feverfew_M

          I think you may have gotten the better deal, here…

        • Holly

          Am I allowed to Hate Chris and still be his friend? Because I think that would be fair.

        • Adam Black

          pics or it didnt happen

        • Sapfo

          Have you checked?

          • Oh I did. Kyle chained up again *tear* and not a virgin as far as the eye can see… 🙂

          • Sapfo

            Yes, but I do not think it will be long before Kyle pulls up those chains. Or if you want to comfort yourself with a virgin, you can borrow the one I took last week. However, it is little used now ….
            Or you can stick to your hunk, he do have armpit hair, right?

          • First isn’t a “used virgin” an oxymoron? and second YES he do… oh he do. 🙂

          • Sapfo

            What! Not a virgin anymore?! Well I´m not going to tell the ex-virgin that. It might cry.
            You lucky Chris. You don´t need a virgin, you already have something way better then that ^_^

          • Steven K.

            *Sigh* Somehow still gotta find me some of those.

    • Holly

      *offers chris tissues and a book* It’s called “So you can enforce your will on the universe, but can’t control it.” It’s really helped me cope with a lot of events in fiction and real life.

      • Adam Black

        *offers @chrisdangerfield:disqus a small velour towel, and a book* It’s called “1001 Scrotum Stage Tricks for the man who needs to entertain himself”. It will really help **me** cope with a lot of events, too. You know youve always wanted to get on stage….

        • *Chris offers Adam and Holly two tickets to PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS in the experimental space below the Sydney Oprah house. It’s real, it solves nothing, but it’s a good hoot.*

          • Holly

            1) How can I get to Australia? It’s a 25 hour flight.
            2) Will this scar me for life.
            3) Due to an issue I have with certain accents, I can never go to Australia

          • Cman65

            I’m only an hour from Sydney

          • Adam Black

            I’ve never been inside an Australia— been to Australia before.

          • Adam Black

            You could not have mastered that book and gotten a gig that fast.

            have you been making penis puppets this whole time?

          • No I stand in awe of their zen mastery of the art form and want to share the wealth. 🙂

          • Adam Black

            Are you Aussie?

          • Steven K.

            I’ve always wanted to see that 😉

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      It might be best for him at the moment rather than running around loose. We haven’t seen yet what Laampros can do.

    • Adam Black

      Its your fault.
      Giving Alex ideas like that.
      Why don’t you just tell him to keep our Hero, in hell married to laampros and get it over with

      • Hey you guys told me I’m gonna learn from these mistakes, I think I get a pass on this one…

        • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

          With all these cries of “gee duncan is stupid”– I kinda feel bad myself. I predicted that Duncan’s reaction, far from anger, was going to be horror. BSOD, tadah!

        • Adam Black

          I’ve said that before too…

      • Feverfew_M

        Why, thanks Adam. Didn’t you know that Alex reads all the comments??? Poor Kyle! D:

        • Adam Black

          of course I did 🙂

          and @Feverfew_M:disqus you are totally welcome.

          BUt when the wedding march sounds, don’t forget to to thank @chrisdangerfield:disqus for sticking that in my head and dooming us all.

          • Feverfew_M

            *shakes head* The two of you are a menace to fictional characters! ;D

          • Adam Black

            the fictional things i would do ….

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Can the giant eyeball be the flower girl?!

    • Steven K.

      I KNOW – felt/feeling the exact same way here – thought about all that as well.

  • Trowa Barton

    And, rip off the arm….

    • Adam Black

      whoops

  • Cman65

    Here little man let me “kiss” it better

  • SpookyDomme

    Poor Kyle! Aww.
    Ah, curses. Now I’m feeling sorry for Duncan, too. That had to hurt.

  • Guest

    Lil tip, Duncan ol’ boy: What goes around comes around.

  • Heather Kallinger

    Lil tip, Ani ol’ boy: What goes around, comes around.

  • Kyle is sseexxxxyyy…how is it that Duncan didn’t just forget about what he was trying to accomplish with all that tedious eternal youth nonsense and take Kyle for his own? A gorgeous, adoring, trusting Ginger who is also a super hero, a good young man, AND a virgin could have been all his.

    Duncan needs to learn about what’s really important in this life. I hope he does by the time we get to the end of this story.

    • Holly

      Can I have one?

      • On a silver platter, Holly. All yours!

        • Holly

          YAY! Now if only that would happy in real life. *sighs*

    • Sapfo

      George is that you? ¤_¤

      • Denise Cruz

        lol

      • Nope. Just a George Halloween prototype costume. I’m only wearing it until next Monday. XD

    • Steven K.

      That’s sure what I would have done – that would have been the greatest dream-come-true.

      • Awww, Steven! Then I wish you well in your search for a gorgeous, hot ginger with pretty armpit hair.

        • Steven K.

          Hey – thanks! Though a gorgeous, adoring, trusting, virginal, good young man who has black or dark brown hair (well any color, really) would work just as well 😉 The pretty armpit hair is very important though 😛 No shaving under there allowed.

          • My ex was into lifting weights and he had very pretty armpits.

  • Tina

    Dun dun dun. Duncan should know by now, never let an injury distract you when there’s big demons nearby that could grab you

  • Klaus

    Tune in this Saturday, when you will hear Laampros say: “This arm is damaged. I’ll take the other one.”

    • Steven K.

      Ha!

  • Soubi

    Of course he hurt you, Anni darling, you’re a lil’ shit.

    • Valja

      I would put 3 likes if I could. One for the comment, one for the username and the last one for your profile pic 😉

      • KiraV

        Same.

    • Steven K.

      That succinct and to the point and oh-so-true comment deserves more than a simple up-vote. 😉

  • Holly

    Disqus has stopped telling me if there are new posts. Even if i update the page >_<

    • Me too, actually.

      Time to turn in but I’ll keep my Halloween costume avatar on all week long.

      ‘nite, everyone!

    • Adam Black

      i try and stay on the new page and follow new posts that apear

      • Holly

        Follow how?

        • Adam Black

          go on page 43.

          load up every message,

          and the page announces new messages at the top, the bottom or on it as blue ones

          you just need to click on the messages that appear and it takes your there

          • Holly

            Yeah, no. That’s what I meant. IT’s not posting the
            “one new comment” at the top of bottom. But when i reload the page, I can see that people have responded to me directly. which means i missed all the posts.

          • Adam Black

            odd. i saw this instantly

            It must be because you are in canada?

            Your internet is FROZEN

          • Holly

            That isn’t funny. Its not even winter here yet.

          • Adam Black

            have you tried running your internet under hot water for a few minutes? I hear that does the trick.

          • *snort*

    • It tried to do that earlier with me.

  • TwilightDreamer

    Well I think this is the part where we all say; Oh *beeeeep!!*
    XD….or at least Duncan should anyway!
    Oh this is not going to turn out good…but I can’t wait to see how! 😀

  • vessto

    XD Now what, Anni? Mr. L is cever enough to see Kyle’s potential. Now the deal will have brand new conditions and Kyle for sure will be one of them.

    That reminded me of how when after Luke has shown his power over Vader then The Emperor suggested he to take his father’s place as an ally.

    • Khun David

      I think we all saw Kyle’s potential in that first panel.

      • vessto

        Yeah.:) And I wish we could also saw his *coughs* 😀

      • Steven K.

        Ditto that!

    • b3nc0

      That ominous prospect could explain Handy-later’s comment on page 33 about how having paralysed vocal cords might save his life?…

    • Steven K.

      Interesting analogy.

      • Indeed… and Duncan IS aging… and OH, yeah that’s right, the original deal with Laampros was to handle just that very issue. How terribly interesting…

  • Feverfew_M

    Laampy seems to be eager to have this deal over and done with before Anni can have second thoughts. I don’t really like his fascination with Kyle’s strength. Especially since he has expressed an interest in the limitations of human flesh…

  • Lunam_Kardas

    …….I’m not the only one who’s growing a bit concerned with how…. ‘pleased’ Lamp the “three legged demon” seems to be with Kyle….right?? It’s not just me?

    • Steven K.

      No – not just you.

  • vyloran

    Will I be in Austin in December? Oh yes I live here. I can’t afford the mixer but I am going to go to the con. I’m shy though so I hope that I get up the nerve to say hello.

    • Denise Cruz

      Please, please, do it! I would die for it, but I live in South America…
      It would be great getting to meet Alex! I wish I could be there! So, please do it, all right?! 😉

  • b3nc0

    I’ve read the new page 2 hours ago but Disqus just wouldn’t charge :°(
    (gotta admit was in me room on the 3d floor so the wi-fi got a bit weak there orz)
    Donno yet what was said (written?) so gonna type blindly:
    – Either Laampy play the good guest & heal his business partner
    – Or he teaches him a lesson & take his burnt arm as memorabila (yes, that’s my fave)

  • what’s more impressive for me is, is that you really did allow adam and veronica to depict actual pubic hair!

    pubic hair that is unmistakable, alex!

    :: swoon ::

  • TheManBehindTheCurtain

    Has anyone else noticed that Kyle’s limbs are no longer spewing fire any more?
    I wonder if Kyle has temporairly exhausted his fire power with that out burst and now Anni cannot use him to go home until his powers recovers (since he needed a massive burst of power to cross dimensions)?
    This would more the story plot forward (a new problem to overcome with them both being trapped in Lammpro’s dimension) while making Kyle’s re-restraintment a worthwhile part of the story. Especially if Anni’s time there is actually limited.

    Also, Lamppros doesn’t look too happy in that last panel. He may be upset Anni ignored him over Kyle. Immortal powerful demons are very touchy about slights.

    • Valja

      *nods* You have a point here… And I would love to see the two of them cooperating – or better, Duncan begging for Kyle’s cooperation. If were Kyle, I’d make him kneel before me first thing and ask for forgiveness.
      Mmmmhhh Duncan on his knees… *chuckles mischievously*

      • Pup Ruff

        Such a dirty thought. Which I agree with completely.

        • vessto

          Me too, I love beefy submissives!

          • Steven K.

            Sometimes those are the best type – if truly beefy, not flabby.

        • Livia

          Most definitely agree.

      • Denise Cruz

        Please, don’t give me ideas… Please! LOL

    • John

      I had spotted that, and thought his power exhausted but the fact he just BURNED Anni suggest the opposite may be true. Perhaps his power is greater and more controlled here, which would lend credence to the part-demon theory.

    • Steven K.

      Number of good points here.

      • True that. But I have no idea what it might mean? (oh well, that’s not really unusual. LOL)

  • Valja

    Oh, YES!! I love this page!! If even Lampy acknowledges his strenght, this means Kyle has the potential of a True Badass!! Also Lampy’s smirk is somewhat… sexy, in a certain way. Am I perhaps developing a growing affection towards demons?
    But… poor Kyle! Again restrained, with his pubic hair in the wind… He can’t give Duncan a lesson! *sigh* But right now I sooooo want to know what’s Lampy going to do with Anni (did he really have to grab his hurt arm? Such a cruel demon!!).
    Also, it pleases me to see Duncan’s shocked expression. Is he more surprised or butthurt?
    Wait. I don’t see my arch enemy here. Where’s “George”?
    *starts looking around the room, fearing a possible ambush by the eyeball* Uhm… George, I’m so sorry I called you creepy before, really… *coff* That was only a joke… I find you rather cu-cute instead…
    *sweating*

  • Story keeps getting better and I keep becoming more addicted. And I’m glad there’s hair. Kyle doesn’t seem the type to manscape.

  • Pup Ruff

    I think Lampy just saw a better option. Not good, Duncan.
    Also, carpet AND drapes! Yes, I’m shallow. Sue me.

    • Randy Patton

      I guess I am shallow too then….

      • Hey the line of us shallow people starts back here… no cuts. LOL.

        • b3nc0

          Erm *la petite voix* Count me in ◡////◡

    • dereule101

      If you zoom in, you can see the silhouette of the base of Kyle’s red hot poker.

  • Amy

    I guess this is bye-bye, Duncan. You’re lucky if Kyle saves you and brings you back.

    • Livia

      I highly doubt that Kyle will save his sorry ass.

      • Steven K.

        He might. For all Duncan has done to him, I don’t think Kyle is really the type to like to see anyone suffer terribly, even an enemy.

        • Yep SK. Kyle is a resilient little stud that’s for sure. He’ll do us proud (after a little appropriate D. ass-kicking please… just a little. :P)

  • Randy Patton

    I think that Laampros is just going to do a quick “heal” on Duncan, as a show of power. He was amused by Kyle’s strength, but is showing Duncan that his power is greater by far. Liked the little risqué addition of the pubic hair….gave me a moment’s pause.

    • Pup Ruff

      I’m not so sure. When a demon like that says “impressive,” be worried if you’re not on his side.

    • dereule101

      You may be right, but to me the ability to heal seems antithetical to a demon’s power.

      • Klaus

        Duncan expects the demon to be capable of granting perfect health unending. If it can do that, why should it not be able to heal burns?

        • dereule101

          My comment is purely speculative opinion. I expect a demon’s power to ultimately be corrupting, rather than purifying or healing. He may be able to grant what seems to be eternal life or perfect health, but with other consequences or in a way that Duncan isn’t expecting. As I said, even if he can heal Duncan, why would a demon chose healing as a way of demonstrating his power? Duncan hasn’t questioned his ability to grant immortality or health, so why would he need to demonstrate it at all?

          • Klaus

            Both good points.

          • If Laampros is indeed a demon.

          • dereule101

            True.

          • Klaus

            Is he the father Darkness in Legend converses with through the fire? There is a strong family resemblance.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            I’m thinking he looks like a demon only because that’s what Duncan was expecting him to look like– Kyle’s terror of the unknown combines with this– creating the gestalt form of Laampros. (though I still haven’t discarded the Ophan and Philemon aspects I see in him yet, particularly since much of Duncan’s journey is going to be integration of his Shadows if he’s on the road to recovery) — If Laampros is also an angel, and Kyle is an angel, then there’s about to be some very interesting interactions coming up.

          • I love the idea of our expectation forcing form on what we perceive. And regardless, if what you suggest turns out to be true, or not, it’s incredibly interesting to think about. Thanks.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            No wonder Laampy doesn’t like him! He’s probably thinking “But for this maggot I couldda been handsome!” 😛

          • LOL… and dang, which one of these mortal jerks stuck me with this ridiculously long goatee?

    • Niggle

      I think he might just be trying to finish off the deal. Lampy did ask for his arm, touching might be part of the process and he’s an asshole so why be nice and grab his uninjured one?

  • Oooooooh, Duncan’s gettin’ it handed to him.

  • LL

    Stroking your goatee fiendishly must take a long time with one that long.

    • Livia

      I agree.

    • Don’t give Alex any ideas. We might end up with a whole page of evil goatee stroking. 🙂

      • Denise Cruz

        Yuck! No, thanks! lol

  • Tina

    Plot twist: Lampy makes it seem like he gives Duncan and PP the gift but when they arrive back on Earth he actually gave it to Kyle because he was more impressed. Placing my bets now.

    • Marie Laurent

      The thing is though, I don’t think Kyle would want the gift. I haven’t thought too muc into his personality, but usually the good guys want to be mortal and make a fair fight and not outlive all their friends.

      He could still get it though, wanting or not.

      • Tina

        Exactly. Lampy seems to enjoy tormenting humans. So both would lose And Lampy gets to run free

  • Sanbai

    HE’S GONNA TAKE THAT ARM AS PART OF THE PRICE!!!! DUNCAN, YOU FOOL!!

    • Livia

      Well Sanbai… Karma’s a bitch. So tough luck Duncan. You need to pay for it.

      • Sanbai

        Lol, hey, I didn’t say he didn’t deserve it…

  • dereule101

    “One, two, three, four: I declare a thumb war.”

  • Livia

    I hope Laampros get it on with Kyle. He seems impressed with his strength.

    • Xalun K

      I hope exactly the opposite… We want Kyle to come out of this traumatized but stronger, not with an anal prolapse, drooling and rocking. O_O

      • Livia

        Yeah.. I want Kyle to return safely too….but a little pleasure won’t hurt right?

        • Xalun K

          I’m not sure I’d call getting raped by a demon 3 times your size “a little pleasure”… Seems more to me like the sort of event that’d leave you retreating to your happy place and never coming out again. “A little pleasure” is what Duncan gave him before he cast the spell. I think poor Kyle’s had more than enough traumatic pleasure. LOL.

          • Denise Cruz

            Totally agreed!

            ‘Little pleasure’, uhn?! Take a look at that thing’s size! If everything matches proportionally, as is generally expected, Kyle would turn upside down in the first movement.
            No. Thanks. There was already too much sex in just one night, for a little boy who ever thought it would never be allowed to him.
            Busy night!
            Lets just taking him home safely, now.
            How about it?! O.o

          • Xalun K

            Agreed. Laampros’ schlong is probably the size of Kyle’s torso. *TWITCH*OHGOD*TWITCH*

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Maybe bigger! We’ve seen the shadow of it and it’s huge, no telling how big it can get!! :-O

          • Denise Cruz

            For all sacred things, someone take that kid home NOW!! ;-O

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            I’m thinking it probably won’t happen until near the end of the chapter.

          • Denise Cruz

            I’m scared about what those two insane can do with that boy!
            I hope he can get home soon. But, I’m also scared about what can happen to Duncan, once he does…
            I want both of them back home, alive and with all physical parts with ones they arrived there.
            Nothing/ no one can be left behind!

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            From my point of view, nothing much is going to happen to them. That is, they are not going to get killed. Kyle is one of the main characters of the story (and the main character of the TYP so far), and Duncan seems to be the main villain so far.
            Edit: Actually everything is going to happen to them because they are the main characters, but they won’t get killed.

          • Denise Cruz

            I hope you are right! But, being honest, my biggest fear, right now, isn’t about them being killed, exactly because what you said. It wouldn’t make any sense.My fear is that creature raping them or tearing parts of their bodies… Ouch! No, no no! **shudders**

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            I believe that Alex said that Kyle was not going to get raped. And probably neither will Duncan. And if having to lose a hand makes him into a terrific human being, then so be it. But let’s wait and see.

          • Denise Cruz

            Agreed! It would be a low price for a big improvement. But, I’d still prefer that he could improve without losing any part of that beautiful body. lol

          • b3nc0

            Me think the big loss necessary for D to improve will be Kyle
            Alas, Zu spät‼

          • Denise Cruz

            Since it is not a permanent loss, I will be fine with it. =)
            Ich hoffe nicht. Sie können durch sie zusammen zu bekommen. Beide wachsen viel. Ich denke, das wäre toll. Nun, wir werden sehen…

            (I do not know if it is correct. ^v^ I tried!)

          • b3nc0

            IDK either, don’t speak German ;°P
            About what you said in your try, as we say in French: ‘L’espoir fait vivre!’

          • Steven K.

            I would love it if Duncan were to somehow realize, and more importantly accept as ok, the fact that he might actually have feelings for Kyle and really does feel – and show – some true remorse. But so far all he’s been is cold and – even given his attempt to save Kyle some physical pain – cruel and calculating, uncaring, unfeeling and an egotistical megalomaniacal messed up sod. If some inner and outer revelation and revolution were to occur for him, and he indeed found in himself a true affection for Kyle, accepted it, and showed true repentance for what he did to him, followed by countless attempts to prove as much to him and make up for past actions (which, again, from what I’ve seen so far, may be beyond his character), THEN I think it would be OK as far as the story goes for Kyle to be the unforgiving one and really hit it home to Duncan that’s it’s impossible to ever trust him again, let alone forgive him, etc., etc., so that ultimately Duncan’s heart (if there’s anything left of it) would be broken.

          • I’m not quite sure Jakk. In Alex’s “spoilerish commentary” on page 32, Alex does assure us that Kyle doesn’t die or end up broken… however all other forms of suffering are still on the table. I suspect hard times are still coming. There are no promises regarding Duncan that I can see. If I’m quite wrong then please correct me and point me to the right page. I’ll take all the soothing I can get. 🙂

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Chris I don’t have any inside info. It was just my take. I seriously doubt that Alex is going to show Kyle or Duncan getting raped by a demon with a cock bigger than a man’s leg, which is impossible (and no telling how big it gets when Laampy is happy!). Also so far, Kyle and Duncan seem to be the principal characters of the story, so I doubt they would get killed off. There are still a little over three chapters to go. Also as I’ve said before, this is typical of superhero comics. Everything happens to them because they are the main characters, but they never die. No matter what happens to them they always bounce back cheery and ready for the next fight. So expect all kinds of stuff to keep happening to Kyle throughout the whole story.

          • Oh I know you’re totally right Jakk and Alex is much too good a person to descend into such excesses of depravity. But can’t you let me dream a little bit before you crush my inner cruelty with your cold sensible facts? (I’m very much teasing). I don’t really want Duncan brutally hurt, just scared a reasonable bit. That seems fair doesn’t it? 😛

            And, because I’m a nogoodbadsortofperson I don’t want Kyle to bounce back to ‘forgiving’ too quickly. I think he deserves a good moment of ‘pissed off’ before he lets his abusive husband move back in to the apartment.

            Now I do admit that’s just me talking. Everyone has their own tolerance levels, but there you go.

            But, bottom line, NOPE Alex wouldn’t allow that kind of mayhem. I do firmly believe that.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Shouldn’t you be sleeping? 😛

          • HA. Yes HUSH YOU. I have the computer on dim and my beast is snoring… 😛

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            If he didn’t whip Duncan’s ass at some point, I’d be disappointed and confused at Kyle. Even if Duncan is mostly innocent, they both require it as characters. In fact, if Duncan is innocent, Kyle whipping his ass and then finding out later that it wasn’t his fault would be a huge developmental step for both of them. For Duncan, it’s a reminder of what it feels like to be on the other end of someone thinking they know best (he’s still Odysseus)— for Kyle, it’s a glimpse at things he best prepare himself for as a hero. If you step into conflict, you might not know the right or wrong of it immediately— and the choice you make may ultimately be wrong even if it feels very good at the time (the humbling of the Paladin).

            I agree with Chris on the mayhem– I doubt we’ll be seeing depravity here.

          • Steven K.

            Well, I’d say we’ve already crossed into some rather serious moral and ethical depravity on Duncan’s part given what’s he’s done to and how he’s treated Kyle – and what his current plans are – but that’s the character of a supervillain I suppose, though I had rather hoped that the notion that Duncan had “reformed” his actions over a more recent period of time, as he was discussing with Kyle, had turned out to be true, rather than just the opposite – now making deals with lords of the underworld for conquest and rule of the Earth-plane. On the other hand, I would still hope for some kind of reformation of Duncan’s character eventually, although not knowing the extent of his crimes, I’m not sure that his past can ever be “made up for”, short of saving the planet rather than subduing it. I’m not even sure there’s a lot he could do to make up to Kyle for what he has already done to HIM – again, short of some almost impossible or incredible act of self-sacrifice toward him to prove his change and new sentiments – and I still don’t see anything in his current attitudes and actions that would predict or intimate that such is ever to be forthcoming in the future.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            You don’t ever really “make up” for anything. What’s done is done. Nothing short of a time machine is going to change it. What you do is commit to not doing it again and to grooming your soul to be a better man. You admit to the shit you’ve done to others, loudly, and you own up to being a colossal douchebag. Meanwhile, you offer the chance to people you’ve hurt to tell you exactly how you made them feel. And you listen. You apologize if they want you to. None of that “fixes” anything. It makes you accountable, it gives the people you’ve hurt some sense of closure if they need it, and it sets you on a path of struggle against yourself for the rest of your days. You are always a douchebag, even in recovery. Sometimes you’re lucky and you’re forgiven. That’s about all you can hope for– a constant life of watching what you do, say and think (because it is so easy to slip back into being a bastard) and atonement.

            Far as depravity, what’s happened to Kyle is nasty– but it’s not what I’d call depraved. Alex has managed to be very tactful about how he’s presenting all this, just enough to stir emotions but not so much that it would cause revulsion, and I thank him for it.

            The members of DBIR here are first in line to say Dunks needs his ass kicked, big time. You’ve admitted here on other posts that you’ve never walked in your own shadow in your life… why would you know the signs of impending douchebag breakdown better than the douchebags who have had breakdowns would? I’ve seen enough in Dunks to give me hope for now. If that proves false by the end, I will cry for Duncan and myself– mourning the part of myself that I will never get back, that hole I always have to worry about stumbling in. And that’s okay. I can do that without taking away anything from Kyle or what’s happened to Kyle.

            We still don’t know that Laampros is a demon.

          • Not intending to contradict any other part of any previous discussion that may be intertwining with Sonny’s post above… but I pretty much agree with all that he wrote. Life as a DBIR is a constant looking backwards and reexamining and wincing when you see what you did, purposefully or not… and then looking forward and determining to do better and not repeat the past.

            My current and obvious example is when Alex shocked me with Duncan’s first Kyle betrayal (dating leading to bed) … the shock caused me to seriously over-sharpen my verbal judgement knives and seriously over-react. And I was way harder on Duncan than actual events warranted. I look back on some of my posts and wince. I was talking like he was Lucifer, because he’d done a young gay boy wrong. Yeah, deep-end a bit. Ya think?

            If I’m honest with myself, today, after re-reading the comic into that point (and thinking of Sircea now), some of those posts make me wince a bit. I was being a big emo-boy. Those pages were just effective drama. The fact that I empathized WAY to closely with that 18 year old gay boy, Kyle, just speaks to my personal life intersecting with art and my emotions being triggered. Way too much me in the fiction for a week or two there, and my overwrought posts spilled out here and, in hindsight, reflected it and darkened the discourse here. Unfortunately. DBIR…

            I was way too harsh on Duncan, but that was because I was Kyle in that moment. I was that young, dumb and way too full of want-for-love, victim. At 18, I would have left myself just as open as Kyle did to being such a victim… no one’s fault but my own.

            It’s a big no fun to think about and remember being dumb. So for two weeks after reading that section (to me) Duncan was the devil (all my rape talk, etc… which I’d take back now). However, as Sonny says apply, that’s what DBIR is… you go onward and try to be honest via your lens on the past and not do it again.

            So I agree, it’s not about trying to put Duncan’s deeds in a false rosy light (bad Duncan, bad bad Duncan). BUT, we’ve talked about a lot of really interesting ideas I’d never thought of… Duncan being fooled, en-spelled, drugged or coerced. I would find that heart breaking. Further, during my emo-rabbit hole moment, I NEVER thought about Sircea. Yikes… And given our current discussions, Jack and Sonny have given me more than plenty to worry about in terms of her.

            Or in terms of putting Kyle’s character growth in perspective. I’m certainly not the young naive potential victim I was at 18… and that’s because of some painful life-lessons, that I must admit I most likely deserved (ouch). So, I learned not to do stupid stuff by getting burned… so yeah, Kyle is not totally in the clear either and I lost sight of that.

            And, it’s not about deserving it… of course no one deserves the bad sh*t that happens to them, but happen it does anyway. I’m going to a funeral today. A dear dear sweet man who’s been a colleague for many years lost his 23 year old son to a car accident. This man is NOT a DBIR, he’s truly good people. Soooooo, my only point is that life is a tough thing and events are events and, as Sonny referenced, “deserving” has very little to do with things.

            I agree with Sonny’s definition of depravity also, yep it was ‘nasty’, but not ‘depraved’. I do agree with what MotorDog said a while back… (paraphrase) If Duncan really was selling the earth to the Devil, then yes we’re getting into Hitlerian territory and definitions will have to be adjusted.

            But with time and some distance today, I have a very hard time buying that ever really was D’s plan, and I’m 99.99% certain I still have no idea what his plan actually is.

            Sircea’s still scares me and Sonny’s stories about Circe scare me more. I’m waiting and watching, peeking through my fingers in case Alex tries to have something scary jump out at us.

            So, now I’m hoping that this all does what it’s supposed to and empowers Kyle, redeems Duncan (for all the personal reasons Sonny mentions above), and that Kyle gets the respect of all his colleagues and learns not to be a victim. I can’t see HEA in the distance, but maybe there something better around the corner. All our talk of Deacon and Jeff helped me in an odd way… was that HEA? Yes and No. They were still in a bad place at the end, but they were together and momentarily hopeful. I’d settle for some form of that. Their magnet makes me smile.

            Finally, despite how unreasonably distraught I was for a bit after the bedroom betrayal, I agree, I don’t think Alex could have achieved more dramatic emotion in a classier way. It was, and continues to be, very good effective and yet tasteful artwork.

            On the edge of my seat for Saturday,
            ChrisD

          • Steven K.

            Oh – well, I never meant to intimate that anything necessarily ever gets “fixed” or that even most damage done to others can be. Perhaps the better choice of words would have been “atone for”, rather than “make up for”. All the things that you mention in what a person should do would, to my way of thinking, be a part of that.

          • Steven K.

            “I don’t want Kyle to bounce back to ‘forgiving’ too quickly. I think he deserves a good moment of ‘pissed off”

            Totally agree with that. But even more – right now, there’s no way Kyle could POSSIBLY forgive Duncan PERIOD. Duncan needs a few more “reality checks” (and if he should come to some harm in the process, oh well – he’s not undeserving). He’d also have to go almost an impossibly huge transformation – with a great multitude of things being said AND actions to convince Kyle or anyone else that he is changed. But as of now, I can’t even see that on the horizon given his recent and current actions and plans and negotiations.

          • Steven K.

            I think Alex did make another WoG comment that he wasn’t going to have things taken into that territory, and would not be showing that, but there was that whole discussion – a couple of them, actually, about what could be considered “rape”, etc. I could be remembering wrong as well, but I seem to have the same impression, or at least inclination, that Jakk had about Alex saying that Kyle would not be raped.

          • Yep. You both are totally right.

          • Valja

            Yeah, I’d prefer to have my Duncan and Kyle both intact… but I’m more used to characters losing limbs, three of my favourite characters of all time have lost a hand (such a coincidence xD) but I loved them anyway 😉
            Ok, Luke Skywalker had an artificial hand attached to his limb, so maybe I shouldn’t count him.

          • Denise Cruz

            Did you ever watched the serie ‘Hannibal’?! It seems like you may like it as much as I do! (Once you have nothing against people on pieces… lol It’s a great show! Believe me!)

            Did you like them just because they had no hand?! That’s new for me! I had never heard about someone whose all favorite characters had no hand… Interesting!

            I always like the pretty smart ones or those who still have some sort of humanity showing up! Pretty nice! 😉

            Anyway, maybe Alex can avoid slicing them… I hope so!

            Of course, if he didn’t, it would put Anni among your prefered ones. he’d certainly feel great about it, but, I still wanna see him with all his parts connected to each other. As I said before: one scar from that burn is enough for me and I’m sure, will be pretty valuable!

          • Valja

            Ahahah wait, I think you’ve misunderstood me… it’s not that I only like characters without a hand x’D It’s that three of my favourite characters (from different movies/books) lost a hand, so it’s probably me bringing bad luck to the characters I like 😉 but if you love the character, things like losing a limb aren’t that important. Obviously someone as hot as Duncan is better left as he is, if possible 😉
            Again, sorry for the misundertanding, it’s that my english isn’t that good and I often make many gaffes…

          • Steven K.

            How about Beren in The Silmarillion (The Tale of Beren and Luthien)?

          • Valja

            Tooootally agree. The main characters always present a contradictory combination of incredible misfortune and sheer luck depending on the day: going out in the morning could mean being found by a powerful fairy and gifted by awesome powers, and a moment later being involved in a hundreds-of-years-old war between supernatural races with the possibility of ending up killed at any moment in awful ways.
            But, usually, main characters never die.
            Unless they’re involved in a certain song of ice and fire.

          • Xalun K

            Yeah, I agree with Jack; besides, Alex already promised Kyle actually *had* a future. LOL.

          • Denise Cruz

            He must have! He’s a Young Protector, he can’t die like that…
            I’m much more scared about they being raped or flenched by that big red…
            And, also, I don’t wanna see Anni being left behind or something like that… i.i (He’s my favorite character! What can I do?)

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Really Denise! Lampros dick is bigger than a man’s leg!! It’s totally impossible for him to rape either one of them. Unless he has some magical shrinking formula.

          • Denise Cruz

            Who said the only way to rape one of them would be using the ‘Little Laampy’?! O.o

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            If you’re worried about what Laampros might do to Duncan, you should read Sonny’s post about what Sircea might be doing to him or will do!

          • Denise Cruz

            I don’t know if it’s a good idea, Jakk…
            I have the strong tendency to freak out about Duncan… I always end up being pretty stubborn and very, very protective… (as if I could ever protect such a huge man better than himself. Crazy woman! lol)
            And, if I think about all that carefully, I don’t really think that Alex would let that kind of thing happen to them.. 😉

            Oh, great! Now I want to spank Sircea! XD

          • I don’t know… I think you just need to get Duncan away from Sircea and you can fix him up! Go for it girl, 🙂

          • Denise Cruz

            Oh, I wish! lol

            But, first, we need to figure out how take both of them out of ‘Hellywood’ while they are still whole.(Or almost whole, in Anni’s case).

            After that, they need to talk a little bit and, meanwhile, I’ll can slap that buzzard with breasts… After that, if he needs spending sometime away, I can hide in my bedroom… I’m sure he would be pretty fine there. ;D

          • Steven K.

            Hey! The P.P. now has an alternative name – the B.B.

          • Okay, Steven if you can say that to Sircea’s face then your testicles are bigger than mine! Go man go! XD

          • Steven K.

            Well, that was the term that Denise used for her, so I’ll let her try it out the next time she’s able to send a personal salutation out to Sircea.

          • The Emily Post Etiquette chapter for appropriate correspondence with Sorceresses… nice.

          • Denise Cruz

            LOL I liked it! It fits her PERFECTLY!! XD

          • Steven K.

            She probably deserves it too – and she looks like the type that might actually LIKE it. Would be interesting if there was a cut to a scene change at some point where we see the Commander spanking a bound P.P.

          • Denise Cruz

            XDDD I would be SOOOOO freaking pissed off if I’d spank that bitch and she ended up liking it!! XDD (Crazy bitch!) It’s not even good to think about it!! (snarls)

            On the other hand, it would definitely be interesting to see how would the Commander handle that.(Since she didn’t get bit up, of course!)

            I wonder if Flyboy and Tsunami would like to see that! lol (Sometimes it seems like they wouldn’t!)

          • Valja

            This sentence leaves room for a whole landscape of fantasies, for a twisted and occasionally diverted mind as mine 😉 Thank you <3

          • Denise Cruz

            Any time! 😉 lol

          • Denise you have a creative and nimble imagination. Good for you! XD

          • Denise Cruz

            You have no idea, Chris!! lol I’m kind of dangerous! lol
            But, in this particular case, unfortunately, it happens a lot right here. So…

          • Steven K.

            Yeah – I suppose if he trimmed his nails, even his little finger could do the job, but I really don’t even wanna think about that for too long.

          • Me2

          • Denise Cruz

            I wonder… and if he wouldn’t want to trim his nails?! O.o
            Man… It would be pretty… I don’t even know how to name it…
            Someone would lose the ability to walk… lol (Yuck!!)

            This kind of stuff happens a lot right here, unfortunately.. That’s why I remembered it!

          • Steven K.

            Sorry hun, but what did you say “flenched” was again?

          • Denise Cruz

            It’s ok! 🙂 Flench is the same as quarter, scarf, flense…
            In Portuguese it means: ‘esquartejar’ or ‘esfolar’. 😉

          • Steven K.

            Well, in English, I have an understanding of what “to quarter” someone means – literally to cleave them into 4 pieces. “Scarf” is something that one wears around one’s neck to keep it warm or for fashion accessory purposes OR a slang term meaning to “to consume in a very rapid and perhaps crude manner”. I am not familiar with the word “flense” in English either, though

            “flay” I understand.

          • Denise Cruz

            I didn’t know how I should write that word, ’cause, in Portuguese, some words would make the same sense. (I know it’s not the same, but… ) So, I put it in the online dictionary (Google) and it came out with all that words I put there for you… Apparently, the two of them closer to what I meant to say are: ‘quarter’ and ‘flense, flench or flay’ – all the 3 of them seems to mean the same thing. (again: according to an on-line dictionary) 😉
            Anyway, thanks for your help! It’s very kind from you! 🙂

          • Valja

            Oh, dear. I think I’ll have nightmares tonight.

          • Steven K.

            Big enough to swallow you up whole kiddo, like a hungry python 😉

          • Steven K.

            Ahh-YEAH!

      • Steven K.

        Well, I for one would say that we (or at least *I” DON’T want Kyle to come out actually traumatized (although it may be too late now for that NOT to happen. Stronger, yes – but why would anyone want him to come out of this traumatized?

        • Say it SK!

          Exactly. I know events can’t help but change him, but I don’t want it to ruin him. Violation can make people stronger or destroy them forever… I’m cheering for our Kyle to overcome. Please!

          • Steven K.

            AMEN!!!

        • Xalun K

          Traumatized as opposed to the other, far worse options. At this rate, traumatized is the most positive outcome, so I’m leaving it at that.

          • Ha. Our little ray of sunshine. I don’t disagree with you, but I’m honestly in denial.

          • Xalun K

            I find it best to be pragmatic in situations such as these (um, because I totally find myself in these situations all the time?), that way you don’t have any false expectations.

          • Do you do a lecture circuit you give on this “pragmatic” thing of which you speak? I seem unable to do anything but go bonkers emotional about it all. LOL.

  • Onomatopoeia

    Let Laampros try to have sex with Kyle, so that Kyle may use his newfound strength to burn Laampros’ Little Laampros off. >=)

    • Xalun K

      Amusing as that would be, Laampros is a fire demon…. not sure that would work too well. A+ for effort though, lol

    • Denise Cruz

      Poor kid! I don’t think he deserves such a thing!
      He already had so much craziness in just one night! And he isn’t even 20 yo, yet…

      Oh! God helps us! lol

  • Megan Staples

    It means Kyle can kick some ass!

  • Amanda

    Does Laampros’ proportions see to change in each panel to anyone else?

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      It’s called perspective. It’s just the angle of view.

    • dereule101

      Yes. In ways that perspective doesn’t really explain.

    • But Amanda… isn’t that the very nature of ‘tumescence’? You rub George eyeball and it gets bigger. He’s a “George” not a “Georgina” right? He can’t help it. Same for the Laampman. XD

      (Okay, I do agree with you, but only a tiny bit. I attribute it to a diet heavy in brimstone.)

      • Denise Cruz

        I hate being repetitive, but you give me no choice…
        Chris, you are unbelievable! LOL

        • Oh Denise, I am the very soul of propriety. You know that. 😉

          • Denise Cruz

            Of course you are!
            Who would say something else?! O.o
            As a matter of fact, this is one of your greatest qualities! lol

  • JM

    I’m thinking that with Kyle turning 18, some newfound power, or his true potential has somehow been “unleashed” in a way that neither he nor Duncan even knew about. Could it be that he’s actually way stronger than the other heroes/villains, and that his power just needed to be awakened? COULD THAT BE IT???
    Duncan, prepare to get your ass kicked!!!!!! (still love him, but he needs a good ass whipping, amiright?)

  • sharks

    Say bye-bye to your right arm, Duncan! It’s payment time!

    • If only Laampros had demanded a different body part…

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        Duncan would now be dangling from it.

        • Sanbai

          Cannot…unsee…! *giggles childishly*

        • That sounds painful! 🙂

  • Woopsie, Duncan, you forgot to ask for safe passage back to the world for you and Kyle. What, you can’t manage the American continents whilst stuck here? What a shame. And you need Kyle to get back? Oh dear, Laampros controls everything here and he didn’t say anything about letting you use Kyle to get back…

    • b3nc0

      Big L still needs for Duncan to activate the other key… That may be his ticket to get back?

  • AliceVenturi

    I sure hope Duncan is ambidextrous, because it looks as if it’s “give me your arm” time. At least Laampy seems more amused than irritated with Kyle’s outburst.

  • Hmmm… Interesting turn of events. Will our young hero Kyle free himself and come to the rescue of Duncan, save his life, and make a “Bitch-for-Life” of the evil Annihilator, who so ruthlessly toyed with Kyle’s young emotions (though Duncan seemed to be into Kyle, even while working this nefarious plan of his and Sircea’s).

    • Steven K.

      *Sigh* – Who wouldn’t be into Kyle? (Well, aside from those who are lesbionic).

  • Shella_Bluey

    I wonder if Kyle’s fire powers have always been that strong and he unconsciously held back since now, not really wanting to hurt someone. Maybe now was the first time he really wanted to hurt and stop another person and that unleashed his full powers.

    And Duncan seems to be totally flabbergasted that someone can actually hurt him, therefore forgetting everything around him.

    My theory is that the “fire ring” is dying down now that Kyle isn’t fuelling it any more, and when the fire is finally out they automatically return “home”. So Laampros has to hurry to get the deal done and to do it he has to shake Duncan’s hand/arm – and grabbing Duncan at his burned arm is his way of having some fun.

    Oh well, I can’t wait to see what really will happen. The suspense is killing me.

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      A proper handshake is always delivered right hand to right hand…..if Duncan is “accidentally” flung into the fires of Hell afterward ….that is an “oopsie” that Laampros will have to live with:)

      • Shella_Bluey

        😉

      • Valja

        Hell’s “handshake style”: you shake hands, and then you get a free bath in a sea of lava and flames 😉

    • Denise Cruz

      Well.. at this point I would place my bets over the intense emotions of his.

      Do you remember that he said to Duncan that his first… ‘pleasure’, (lets call it this way,), was at home, when he was a 12 yo boy and he ended up burning his foster parents home and 30% of his former sister body?

      Then, he spurted fire enough to completely destroy Duncan’s place and yet, took both of them to ‘Hellywood’. And it was, once more, related to an intense emotion of his: pleasure!

      Now, for last but not least, he burned Anni’s hand/arm and, again, the sudden surge of his strenght can be related to an intense emotion: rage/fury.

      From my pov, it looks far away too many coincidences to be still called this way. What increases Kyle’s strenght seems to be sudden discharges of intense emotions.

      • Shella_Bluey

        Good points, Denise, seems very possible what you say.

        Now I wonder why Duncan didn’t get hurt when the warehouse exploded, there was so much energy. Because of the spell and because they where instantly transported? Or was the
        fire not strong enough. Or Duncan’s invulnerability has diminished only now in Laampyland?

        New stupid thought: Kyle’s fire can have different “qualities” to it. Be more harmful or not.

        • Denise Cruz

          I believe it was because ‘Laampyland’ (?! lol)!
          Do you remember whem Laampros said that, clearly, Anni wouldn’t be able to stay there for much time?
          This is, probably, a part of what he was talking about.

          Oh! It’s not a stupid thought! I actually liked your idea! It sounds possible to me. Although, if it was true, why would Kyle let Duncan bring him to Laampros land without using it to protect himself?

          • Shella_Bluey

            Glad you liked my idea :).

            … why would Kyle let Duncan bring him to Laampros land without using it to protect himself?

            Maybe the spell prevented him at first? Or he was so taken by surprise and too stunned. Hm, mayby my idea was just silly ;-).

          • Denise Cruz

            Yeah! I had forgotten about the previous spell… *silly me!*
            I still don’t think it was a stupid idea! 😉

        • Valja

          I like the idea of the different qualities of Kyle’s fire! Depending on the emotion he’s feeling, maybe. Also, probably he hasn’t been “that” strong with his power until now because he was afraid of it and of himself… fire is said to be the most wild and unpredictable of the 5 elements, if he learned how to hold off his emotions and channel them, imagine what he could do!
          Maybe he could even make a volcano erupt! (as if seeing him handling Hell’s flames still hadn’t already shocked me enough)

        • Steven K.

          I’d say the first possibility – they didn’t get hurt in the explosion because of the spell and because they were instantly transported.

          • Well said… I think it’s that spell too.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            I think so too, Steven.

      • Sharon Kerr-Bullian

        Hellywood? Nice 😉

        • Denise Cruz

          Isn’t it? I loved it too! It wasn’t my idea, although… Some friends around here… 😉

      • Steven K.

        I’d say that’s a really good observation – something I’ve kinda thought about as well 😉

        • Denise Cruz

          Thanks! 😉
          It’s always nice when someone else says that had thought about the same thing I had… It makes me believe I’m not crazy all by myself… lol (Kidding) lol

  • Xalun K

    I’m not so sure that Laampros is going to be taking Duncan’s arm. I think the more likely scenario is that Laampros probably thinks Duncan has been treating him and speaking to him disrespectfully and is about to teach him some manners. So to speak.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      I don’t think he will either, but Laampros is up to something. He may have sensed all along that Duncan was trying to scam him or something. He certainly didn’t like Duncan from the first. Laampros will certainly try to find a way to screw it up for Duncan. Kyle may have just provided him with an opportunity.

      • Xalun K

        Haha I’m not sure he needed an opportunity so much as an alternative. But yeah, you may be right.

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          You’re right, a better alternative. That almost breaking free and burning Duncan’s hand from Kyle means something, I’m sure. Alex wouldn’t bother with it if it didn’t help with the plot.

    • TheManBehindTheCurtain

      Laampros probably needs to place him mark on Anni as a sign of their deal.
      I doubt he’s actually going to “take” Anni’s arm. Unless of course, he’ll keep it until Anni completes his part of the deal. Then he gets it back.

      • Steven K.

        He might need his arm in order to open a vein and draw blood, in order to seal their pact together. I think a deals that are finalized with some type of blood draw or offering are not uncommon in demonic rituals and satanic practices.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    From my point of view, Laampros will now destroy Duncan, and embrace the fire child as a possible protog’e

    • Valja

      And the chapter would end with Lamproos reaching out to Kyle and telling him: “Join me, and we’ll rule the galax- *aehm!* the Earth together, like father and son!”

      • b3nc0

        “like”, why “like”? Why not /as/ father and son?…

        • Valja

          Mhhh, if you mean that “like” is wrong from a grammatical point of view, then I’m sorry I made a mistake… It’s that my english isn’t very good 🙂
          I wrote “like” because “as” sounds like they really are father and son, and we still don’t know that yet…
          Please correct me if mine was a hideous grammar mistake 🙂

          • Denise Cruz

            I don’t think any of you are wrong… although my native language isn’t English as well…
            I believe that ‘as’ is more usual in that kind of situation but, ‘like’ is also perfectly acceptable! =)

            Again: My English isn’t great, too… Let’s see… Uhnnn… @admiraljane:disqus, please, help us! lol

          • Well, my grammar sucks (lol) but I think the “like father and son” implies an idea of how “father and son” would do something together. Which is I think basically what Valja was going for, but I could see the confusion. A bit more detail was needed that’s all. Which Valja then did do.

          • Denise Cruz

            Thank you! 😉 We got a little confused about it! lol

          • I guess some of the lessons I learned in school finally sunk in. XD Glad I could help.

          • Valja

            Thank you for your help! Yes you understood exactly what I meant 🙂

          • You’re welcome. 🙂

          • The sentiment is picked intentionally.
            The language was picked at complete random.

            L’ammiraglio è fantastico!

          • Ha!

          • Steven K.

            LOL – thanks – I did make a couple comments above.

          • b3nc0

            Don’t worry! I wouldn’t dare correct anyone’s English: mine ain’t good either orz
            Indeed “as” sounds like they /are/ father & son. ‘T was me point ;°p

          • Steven K.

            You were fine, in that you were speaking in a context where it is not known if they are indeed father and son, so “like” was appropriate for that. I think b3nc0 might have been asking why not assume they actually ARE father and son.

        • Steven K.

          You are correct. It would be different if the line was something such as: “We’ll rule the galaxy as a father and son should.” That would imply that they had that relationship, and they plan to to rule things the way two people in that relationship should rule together.

  • EldrinSMP

    Theories abound! I think Lampy is grabbing the hand to get a closer look. Some sort of woogy residue from Kyle’s powers might still be there, and getting a closer look will help him understand Kyle.

    Also, *fans the vapors* carpets, drapes, and a bit of trunk! Oh MY!!!

    • Steven K.

      Wave that fan a little over here in this direction if you’d be so kind.

  • What is going to happen to Kyle!?!

    I am over wrought with anxiety for him!

    • Steven K.

      Totally feeling that way here as well.

  • Valja

    I’m not at my best today, therefore I can’t concentrate and think of any plausible explanation for Lampy’r behavior… so Alex (he’s the author, right?) will definitely suprise me 🙂 And right now I’m more grateful than ever for the existence of the comment section! I can scout your comments and opinions! You, my fellow readers, are so full of imagination!!

    • Denise Cruz

      You can spend sometime seeing yourself through our comments! 😉 But, ONLY ’till you come back to your best! Right?! lol

    • I agree. It’s a good group here for help us to keep our balance with all the twists and turns these guys go through.

  • KiannaLeigh

    Oh crap! Things just got bad and Anni is not prepared for this shit! I’m worried.

  • Just wanted to put a reminder up. Don’t forget to vote for YP and Artifice.

    • Denise Cruz

      I just did it ! 😉

    • vessto

      Thank you, will do it now.:)

  • streetwalkersan

    Laampros: I am your father.
    Kyle: No. No! That’s not true! That’s impossible!
    Laampros: Search your feelings; you know it to be true!
    Kyle: NOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOO!!!
    Laampros: Kyle, you can destroy the Annihilator. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny! Join me, and together, we can rule the Earth as father and son! Come with me. It is the only way.

    What? No? I think this would make one hell of an Origins story for Kyle! XD Not to mention that it would explain Kyle’s improved strenght and why he was needed to open the gate in the first place.

    • Valja

      LOL you just read my mind 😉 Look down some posts, I replied something similar to another reader 😉

      • vessto

        Yeah, it is unavoidable… It is our destiny… *coughs* I mean, I grew up with Star Wars, it just can’t be helped.:D

    • Steven K.

      Better that Laampros turn out to be Kyle’s father than making Kyle into his “boy” and ending up as his “daddy”.

    • ScorpioladyCZ

      Well, Kyle MUST be somehow related to him, or someone/something in this dimension. If he wasn’t that would surprise me.

  • I need to say this again, after several has said it since my last thank you.

    THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes I’ve gotten today. With here, on Teahouse and other places the amount has just been overwelming and very heart warming.

    Those who say that mostly trolls and negativity roam on the internet surely hasn’t been around this community. I’ve had a great day <3

    • Denise Cruz

      I’m glad to hear it from you, DWolf! You deserve it! 😉

    • Feverfew_M

      Yes, this is a very special place…
      Great to hear you’ve had a lovely day! 🙂

  • Ellen Harman

    Seems Anni was wrong , Kyle can hurt him. Now the question would be since the burn is smoking, does that mean it is still burning. Where there is smoke there is fire.

  • Rafael

    Hehe… Anni got it coming, keep up the fight Kyle!

  • Rae Goldberg

    Nooo! Keep fighting Kyle! *flails* dammit Laampros let Duncan go! *pounds on Laampros’ leg*

    • Denise Cruz

      They aren’t in a good situation right now, are they?
      ‘Laampy’ isn’t going to make it any easier for them… Even less now, that he likes what he’s seeing in Kyle…

      Hell! I’m anxious for Saturday! Let’s hope they stay whole untill than! lol

    • Denise Cruz

      They aren’t in a good situation right now, are they?
      ‘Laampy’ isn’t going to make it any easier for them… Even less now, that he likes what he’s seeing in Kyle…

      Hell! I’m anxious for Saturday! Let’s hope they stay whole untill than! lol

      • Tina

        Oh I know! I can’t imagine how this is going to end!!

        • Denise Cruz

          Hey! I like your new avatar! 😉 Nice!
          Oh, yeah! I know what you’re talking about…
          Alex has this gift like a boss, doesn’t him?
          We never managed to correctly predict what is going to happen in the next page… He always gets to surprise us! It’s (almost) annoying, sometimes; but always fun! lol

  • Simba Hutchison

    Questionable Content is one of my fave webcomics of all time. (Please don’t take offence, I’ve been reading it for years and years and I just recently jumped on the We <3 Alex bandwagon.) I actually met Jeph at Emerald City Comic Con last year and nearly fainted… He probably thought I was insane or high. Or maybe both.
    ANYWHO. Is Laampy sealing their pact now Duncan is all shaken?? Last page he asked for his arm… It would be in sadistic character for him to yank on the crispy painful one, no?
    I like Kyle more and more. Before he was adorbs and shy, now he's like "I don't care if I'm chained naked to this bed in a hellscape while you talk with a huge-normas devil guy, Imma kick your butt!" He's overcome self consciousness, blown past sensible, and arrived at righteous fury.

    • Xalun K

      Don’t feel bad, I’ve been reading QC for years also, and just adore Jeph. He’s kind of a hard guy to not like, haha.

      Yeah, Kyle is certainly becoming an “impressive” character. *chortle*

  • Adam Irving

    I need to move back to the East coast…or at least some place that seems to have all these Cons! I’ve only just stumbled upon the wonders of webcomics. This one, QC, XKCD and oglaf are the four cornerstones of my online reading. Hope you have a great time, Alex. You certainly deserve the top tier.

    Also, the storyline keeps improving! Seems like it should, right? But how many times have I seen stuff peter out just when I hoped it’d get better. What a great story.

    • Klaus

      Funny, those are the four I read too. Well, in addition to A Softer World and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

  • december

    Soooooooooooooooo, where did the Magic Key Ball go? Does no one care?

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      It’s probably lying on the floor where Duncan dropped it.

      • Oh, come one, you know how that spare sock get’s lost in the dryer? Well the key probably rolled under a ledge of hell-flesh and wedged behind some manky old skull and a meta-tarsal from some millennial old and forgotten trogladite creature and, since cleaning in hell is, well, hellish it wont be found for ages… so I wouldn’t worry. It will take Laampros just as long to find his car keys. 😛

        • Steven K.

          A metatarsal isn’t particularly large, so it probably isn’t going to contribute to the “wedging” of anything between it (or behind it) and something else; a skull and a femur – more likely.

          • Seeeeeee? This is why in all the films the dumb but hunky military guys get mad at the smart scientific guys but the the arrogant military guys always die first. It’s femurs… every time!

      • George and the Key are in Vegas by now.

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          They eloped?!

          • I don’t see either of them anywhere. You just never know with these things. You know how wuv, twu wuv works.

        • And Cathy is still looking?

          • The poor thing. Left waiting and waiting, looking and looking. The cruelty.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            As you said: “You never know with these things”. 😀

          • That’s true, she could be meeting them there.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Ooh, a threesome!

          • Or just a bridesmaid. Was she and Clave related or just star crossed?

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Bridesmaid? Do they have Spherical marriage in Vegas? 😀

          • What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            LOL. Good one!!!

          • 😀

          • Steven K.

            Is spherical marriage related to pleural marriage?

          • Well she IS a big floating eyeball right? What did she expect?

          • I thought Cathy was the other key?

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Yep.

          • Oooops… as Emily Litella said… “never mind.”

          • the mind has been never’d

          • Steven K.

            I love Ms Litella – though I love Roseanne Roseannadanna even more.

          • Agreed. I miss her…

          • Sapfo

            This key is Clave and his sister is Cathy ^_^

          • Oh good, I thought it was something like that.

    • Xalun K

      It’s been out of frame; they just haven’t showed the part of the floor it dropped onto.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Well, it’s good to see Kyle still has some fight left in him just yet; I hope it serves him well in helping him get out of this mess. And I don’t see why Anni is so surprised that he was injured; he must know the saying about what happens when you play with fire. Looks like Lampy concocted quite the loophole for Anni and his little “bargain”–he promised immortality, youth, and good health, but he did NOT promise continued invulnerability, nor did he promise that Anni couldn’t be killed. He just promised that he wouldn’t die of old age. Looks like Anni will find out soon enough just how specific demons can get in their bargain-making.

  • Just a few more thoughts.

    1) I expected Kyle to be pulled back, but why did the chains pull Kyle back?
    2) On the previous page it looked like Kyle broke a link or two. Did someone or something redo the spell, double up on the times the chains are wrapped about his limbs? Because Duncan didn’t have a chance to do or say anything when Kyle broke free.
    3) Or is the spell sentient?

    • fujoshifanatic

      More than likely it was Laampros’ doing. As a fire demon, I doubt he would need to cast a spell to reinforce the fire chains any more than Kyle needs a spell to invoke his innate power,

      • I’m still stuck with Why? Unless of course the circle is basically broken and he needs to finish the deal. But still… I guess I’d like to know for certain.

    • Tina

      I’m going to guess that the answer is 3, the flames are sentient. It seems they have a mind of their own so maybe sensing Kyle’s impending escape they redoubled their efforts. They’re also made of fire so can they necessarily break?

      • Oooh, good point! Fire separates and reforms, but it doesn’t break.

    • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

      My guess? Sircea prepared the spell. She may have some control over it (I have no doubt she’s watching this from her urn). Also, I think she’s already worked out a deal with Laampros… Duncan was always going to get screwed. She needs Kyle though.

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        Wouldn’t it be something if Sircea turns out to be Kyle’s mother? She may have had him with a fire creature, maybe intending to use him all along for some purpose.

        • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

          Makes what Duncan said about him having been straight infinitely more creepy (that she would have seduced him)— though well within “historical” Circe’s level of depravity. One drawback to your theory is Sircea and Dunk’s conversation once Kyle is through the portal to china— Sircea acts like she doesn’t know him.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Unless she already knew and wasn’t giving anything away to Duncan if she didn’t have to.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            This is true BUT it’s phrased in the form of a question. If she wasn’t giving anything away, better to be quiet or to deflect Duncan on another subject.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            It would make more sense to me if Sircea was the mother. As we’ve seen she can communicate with the creatures in that hellish place and who knows what else she can do. She can probably find a way to have sex with a fire creature much more easily than a “regular” woman…though it would be bad news for Kyle. Yikes!

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch1-page-20/

            You could be right (but I feel less confident about your guess than some of my own admittedly wild ones– particularly since I can’t shake the feeling that Dunks and Sircea are brother and sister. That would mean that Alex put incest on page… which I do not think he’d do in this comic.), but it just doesn’t sound like “mommy dearest” to me. It sounds like they’ve been looking for someone (also, heh, more pointing to the potential Seraph connection), Duncan found him, and Sircea was checking him out while dressing him. Next page after I think is pretty much pointing us that Sircea is going to screw Dunks to the wall if she can get away with it.

          • Valja

            Sircea being Duncan’s sister?… Yeah… Now that’s a possibility! I’m with you in this!

          • I now have a Sircea headache and I’m glad I’m gay. She’s getting scarier. 😛

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            HAH! You lucked out. I’m glad I’m suspicious by nature, or she would have fooled me hard. Older woman, experienced, rocking an impossibly nymphish little bod and she’s honest-to-god magic? I could have just magic-markered sucker on my forehead.

            BUT

            Duncan has never given off half the creep vibes she does. Dangerous, yes. Manipulative, yes. It’s an aura any douchebag can exude though. With Sircea there’s something WRONG there. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I keep looking at her lines about children and thinking “you know, I don’t really like kids myself… but I also don’t sound like I eat babies…”

          • *fingers in ears* Lalalalalalalanotlistening…… *quietly rocks in corner thinking about naked men*

          • Have a muffin.

          • *Chris gratefully accepts the cure all.*
            Thank you !

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            I ship Sircea with a sledgehammer. I can imagine what the Commander doesn’t wear under her uniform just as easily– the worst she can do is be horrified by my thoughts, thus far.

          • You know… I seriously doubt that would be so. Smart, funny, learned, a self-acknowledged DBIR, honest… etc… I think that after a life time of slogging through the sludge in the male mind-scape, the Commander might find you quite refreshing.

            Hey… it’s all hypothetical, but I’d buy that theory. Of course the Commander wouldn’t let you get away with any shit whatsoever. She seems plenty tough. So you’d have to be on your toes.

            Might be just right for you? *grins* Who knows? Have fun. 🙂

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            I’d let her spank me if she felt sufficiently offended. She could Command me here, Command me there, bend me way back over a chair… XD

            I dunno. I’d hate to settle on her and find out she’s Sircea in disguise or something. That would be too creepy for words… I need to see more of her before I decide what her mystery conceals and if I’d be interested in more than playing with her.

            Meanwhile, I shall confine my lust to Duncan. He’s more my age and I think I have a reasonable idea of who he is. Just make sure I have nothing he wants, besides a tussle in the sheets. Or on the seat of my ride. Or in the kitchen. Or…

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            A tussle in the sheets Sonny? You wouldn’t worry that when you were about to cum you wouldn’t hear “LAAMPROS BA SUKOTH…”.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            I’m no angel and I’d be interested in seeing hell…

          • Jakk, I think that a little spank-fun from the Commander and our Sonny would travel to dimensions even farther afield than hell. (LOL). Okay I’m just guessing. Don’t want to presume… butt….

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            XD

            I’d let her peg me, if that’s what you’re aiming at. I’m not even shy. If she’s a hot telepath with no ulterior motives, she could lead me around by the collar and make me hers all she wanted. I could maybe teach her a few things… *whistles* I’m a good switch.

            But she’d have to deal with my fantasies involving Dunks. She can’t police my brain. (Or maybe she can… which I don’t like the sound of… SEE! I need to interview her before I jump in… superpowers make things so damn complex…)

          • *laughs*
            Strap on your cape little super hero and get ready to ride!

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Exactly. XD

          • Steven K.

            But isn’t that hell-speak for “Shoot it babe, Laampros is gonna slurp it all out!”

          • *falls about laughing*

            Dude you do make a simple date with the Commander complicated… Sircea? How do you ever decide to say yes and put on your prom duds?

            Well, I’ll never argue with you about going for the Duncan first… but you know my predilection so that’s pretty obvious.

            I just think you’re worried about her reading your mind. Look at it this way… if she wades through MY mind and would still go out with me… I might even go for the female journey… that right there is a real WOMAN. My mind is full of …………. erm……… stuff.

            Go Commander! LOL.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Hey! Experience teaches you to interview the playmates first. I haven’t enough of the Commander to classify as an interview.

            I’m going to start thinking the shadows are Sircea, at some point… the Greek version is scary mess. The lengths she goes to for revenge make the shit Hera does look like pranks. You can undo the shit Hera does, it happens– hell sometimes Hera even feels sorry for her victims and has a change of heart. Not Circe. The daughter of Helios has zero mercy in her soul and if she even thinks you’ve slighted her, wants you to suffer until she wrings every last drop of pain from you and destroys everything you care about. If anything could make my cock shrivel up and hide it’s the idea of crawling into bed with that. *shudder*

            I’ll second that Go Commander!

          • Steven K.

            Well, Hera gets a little sympathy – I think I’d be a little wacko-ed out as well if my husband was cheating on me with such an extended cavalcade of lasses – and the odd lad as well.

          • Steven K.

            Not me, thank you very much – you’re welcome to her – more hero-lads in form fitting jumpsuits to go around for the rest of us then.

          • Hear hear!!!!

          • Steven K.

            From what pier does the “Platinum Commander” disembark (“guns” ablaze)?

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            I don’t know. I ship Sircea, if she is what I think she is and as much like her Greek counterpart as I think she is, with a sledgehammer. Paste Sircea’s brains to the wall with something heavy disembarks from here.

          • Steven K.

            SAME HERE! (And enthusiastically second all that.)

          • Your words “the creep vibes” made me remember an image… on page 49? I think. Right after she sends a happy looking Duncan through the portal to Hong Kong and a rather pleased looking Duncan says, Honestly, I find myself rather giddy. New possibilities do make one feel… young.” And then on the bottom panel Sircea looks straight at us and gives this purely evil look and says, “And who could ask for anything more?”

            SUPER creepy. Yikes.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            I remember that. That’s why I thought at the time that this whole thing had to do with them trying to get youth. And yes, Sircea looked evil in that panel.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Yup. That’s when I knew she was going to backstab Dunks.

          • Well the direct look at camera is an unusual choice and not one lightly made… but you’re right words and visual together say a lot.

          • Steven K.

            Well, we don’t know about the backstabbing of Duncan part yet, but creepy enough that they know at this point that they are going to use Kyle and are on the path to making that happen.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            You may not. I’m not making this proclamation for anyone else but myself (if people happen to agree, great). I believe she’s going to screw Dunks big time, and not in the fun way.

          • Steven K.

            I think the brother-sister alternative is the more likely, and is maybe even the most interesting and logical hypothesis from the “evidence” with which we have been presented. And, if that is indeed the case, and there is a strong genetic component to sexual orientation (as is supported in a number of studies, including one of identical twins which found that there is a 60% of BOTH being gay), I’m still hoping Sircea turns out to be Lesbian. Obviously they aren’t identical twins, but brothers and sisters still share a certain genetic make-up. If Kyle, as so many of you suggest, is ultimately forced (or should ) “tell all” (I still say maybe not ALL) concerning what happened between him and Duncan, I’d say it would be an awesome part of the storyline if the Commander had found herself seduced (or even simply in love with) the P.P., then she would have to be more empathetic to Kyle’s situation, acknowledge the seeming charm and irresistability of “those Wells children” (was it Wells or Welles?), and wouldn’t be able to bitch at him as much without being totally hypocritical.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Well, Duncan’s dialogue about Sircea seducing straight Kyle is counter-intuitive for that– also, you’re totally discounting bisexuality or any other orientation out of hand.

            I’d say, with dialogue already in play, it’s more likely Sircea has tried to manipulate Spooky in the past— and he’s going to be Kyle’s champion in the upcoming events— convincing the Commander.

            Sircea scares the bejeezus out of me. End of.

          • Valja

            I think they (Sircea mainly) most surely know something about Kyle that’s still hidden to us readers. Otherwise how could they know Kyle was the one suited for activating the spell? Or maybe any fire user would have been fine for their goal? I don’t think so…
            But then, it was Duncan who had the suspect Kyle could be used for the spell, though it was Sircea who had the means to check it. So, who knows more? I’m starting to hope Sircea will try to backstab Duncan. Partnership between a chaotic evil and a legale evil is quite unlikely.
            *headache* But this was a digression. I don’t think Sircea is Kyle’s mother. Yeah, she’s evil and she could have pretended not to know anything about him, but I fail to see the point of such a behaviour, not yo mention that it was Duncan who had the idea to use Kyle… If he was her son, she’d have thought of him first…

          • Steven K.

            I think I’m going to have to agree with you on that one. Good points there.

          • Denise Cruz

            All right, but, if she really was Kyle’s mother, (Yuk!!) and had him with a fire creature, and assuming that she can communicate with hellish creatures, wouldn’t Kyle also be able to hear her or to feel her presence, once he kind of is like them?!
            Or… maybe… Do you think her spell can deprive the boy of normal muscle movement and also prevent him from noticing her presence at the same time?

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Denise, I was speculating that she might be Kyle’s mother for a couple of reasons.
            It would be more dramatic that way in the story and since she has magic and can communicate with demons, she would be more likely to have a child with one than a “regular” woman would.
            Then there is that seal that she has in her bedroom that Sonny says depicts Kyle’s birth — and I think he’s right. How long has she had it there? Why does she have it at all?
            She may not be his mother, just an evil sorceress, but if she were to be it would be bad news for Kyle if he had to fight her knowing she was his biological mom.

          • Sircea to Kyle: “Oh Kyle honey, that’s just your baby seal I had it bronzed and hung there when you were just a tyke. Don’t worry about it… OH? What? That part where it shows you being sacrificed? Oh just ignore that it was a crazy fad 18 years ago… I wouldn’t let it worry you. Hey, why don’t we get out the slides of you learning to ride your big wheel… that’ll be fun.”

          • Steven K.

            Reminds me when the lads of South Park come across some pornographic videos on-line showing Cartman’s mom engaging in some uber-raunchy “mud-sports” activity with a Germanic parter. Cartman later questions her: “Mom, if you had been in a German Scheizer video, you’d tell me, right?”

            “Sure, hon – G’night!” (or something to that effect, from what I remember).

          • Denise Cruz

            I don’t remember that seal.. Where is it?

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman
          • Steven K.

            Quasi- or at least semi- “biological”.

          • Steven K.

            Good points/questions/things to think about.

          • Denise Cruz

            Thanks! 😉 I try! lol

          • Steven K.

            Hey – sorry, but I don’t remember where we get the knowledge that she can communicate with or has been communicating with creatures in the hellish domain, unless you are talking about the implied fact of her previous communication with Laampros himself. Just wondering if that’s what you were referencing.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Yes, that’s what I’m referencing. Page 35, Duncan: “You should have been told to expect me”. No way to get around that one, Sircea had to be the one who “told”. Only the two of them know what they are up to. Now it remains to be seen whether she made a separate bargain ahead of time with Laampros and is planning on screwing Duncan.

          • Jakk! When did you (our Paladin of Empathy) become a master thinker of manipulative Evil… you guys are weaving of Sircean web of real maternal evil here. I’m starting to read your posts through my fingers in case scary stuff jumps out. XD

          • Steven K.

            I know – was just thinking that after reading that last Jakk-post above. Although, have to realize a major precedent, if you believe in a literal interpretation of the Old Testament, and which Judeo-Christians seem to accept and do so without attaching “evil” to it, although you’d think it would, itself, fall into some O.T. proscriptions or “thou-shalt-nots” SOMEwhere. Basically, the simple fact that, if all humanity was descended from Adam and Eve, and they had just 2 sons, and one of them was slain, then there really had to be a lot of mother-son incest going on for awhile, and some additional intergenerational or intragenerational hanky-panky going on for a bit thereafter in order to beget the further generations and population. Though there is the bit about “Adam’s first wife” Lilith, so the only other option was Cain having a fling with his father’s ex. I always wondered why all the Judeo-Christians don’t have a problem with this. It seems uber-creepy to me (well, it actually seems beyond SILLY to start with in my opinion – it’s not even worth the time to even begin enumerating the problems and inconsistencies in any attempts to take Biblical literature as factual reality). Same issue with Lot’s daughters being actually told by God (is that right?) to copulate with their father to ensure the continuation of the lineage, not to mention things such as Abraham being commanded by God to slit the throat of his son Isaac (What kind of perverted god does THAT?), even though that would seem to be counter to God’s commandment not to kill in general – let alone murder your own progeny for God’s own “shits and giggles”. And in the tradition of the Christian eucharist, we have the notion of transubstantiation where the consecrated host actually becomes the body and blood of Jesus, with ensuing wholesale prime-Christian cannibalism and divinity-in-human-form-avatar consumption (even though I don’t even think that was Jesus’ own intention at the Last Supper – I think he was speaking purely symbolically when he passed out bread and beverages calling them his “body and blood). It makes the Aztec religion which incorporates all those human sacrifices look not-quite-so bonkers after-all – at least they sacrificed defeated enemies, and didn’t typically devour them, aside from a bit of possible ritual heart-munching (can’t recall exactly concerning that) – rather than chowing down on and slurping from the body of their own god. Makes the Aztec practice seem even a bit more logical to me – sacrifice the life-force of one’s enemies to keep the sun continuing to rise vs. nibble on a bit of your god’s human body and wash it down with a blood-shooter in order to be “nourished in the faith” and bring one into union with the Lord. I suppose one could thus alternatively come into such “union” by copulating with a consecrated sticky-bun a la “American Pie”. In any case, one can’t help empathizing with last-Incan-emperor Atahualpa’s dismay and consternation during the Spaniards’ attempts to convert him to their own warped faith when he exclaims in a mix of confusion and sincere skepticism “You eat your GOD??!!”, as depicted in “The Royal Hunt of the Sun”.

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        Sonny, if Sircea can communicate with Laampros, she could have made a separate deal for herself. Maybe give Laampros Duncan and/or Kyle in exchange for something?
        Laampros says: “There will be time enough to indulge my curiosity regarding the limitations of the human flesh”. So Laampros seems to think that there will be a later time for him to do so with someone.
        Edit: Sorry, forgot your post above mentioned just that! 🙁

        • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

          Yup. Pretty much the idea I had, minus some details to make it conform to the deal.

      • I like the intrigue of this idea. That Sircea is the one sitting in the secret layer with a cat on her arm.

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          She’s the spider at the center of the web.

          • A better analogy.

          • Still gives me the heebies with either analogy! Scary lady.

            (Look at all our assumptions… she might be baking Halloween cupcakes right now… dear old thing. HA!)

          • She’s creepy, which gives the whole analogy business the proper umph of heeb to jeebs.

          • “heeb to jeebs” … perfect summation!

          • I’m getting good at all this!

            You just need to remember when baking it’s one part heeb and two parts jeebs

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Yeah, but they’re probably evil mind-control cupcakes.

          • Oh how terrible….

            (do you know where I can get some?)

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Planning on giving them out as presents?

          • To all my DESERVING friends.
            Bwaaaahahahahahahahahaha… 😛

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            I’m giggling here. What I could say about my, ahem, first time and cupcakes, cookies and pastries. But not in a public forum! lol

          • *Chris leans in*
            Don’t worry Jakk, you can tell MEEEE. It’s just us here anyway.
            *evil grin*

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            This is why I don’t use my real name here. I can talk about anything and maybe two people know who I am. It’s so freeing.

          • To echo support of that point. A few years ago I really worried about posting, but then I realized… oh my goodness what happens if people I know find out that I’m a gay, kinky, feisty, reasonably nice guy and sporadic DBIR… OH WAIT! They already know.

            It was all down hill from there. Honestly, if I have any secrets, they’re too boring for people to really care about and, truthfully, most everyone already knows my shite. So I agree it’s very freeing. 🙂

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            I’m more worried about people at work stumbling over my comments here. (My family knows and they could give two big shits less) I’ve been told not to “shove my bisexuality in people’s faces” (had to turn a pride t-shirt inside out, for example, because it offended a coworker– damn thing is cute too)– so while out, and having my little flags in my pen cup at work, I kinda like the idea of anonymity here. Decompress the stress. Chat with other nice queer folk without anyone expecting anything else from me. It’s relaxing.

          • Exactly!

          • Steven K.

            That’s sounds adorable. Wish I could say that about mine. I did get carried up a flight of stairs though.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYiLv4BMpNA

            how about a mind-control swiss roll?

          • That works… I have an overwhelming desire to send all my sugar to Sonny suddenly… Halloween mind-control fer sure. *grins*

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            *Sugar*? You tease… just remember to save some for your husband. XD

          • Halloween… Halloween… I suffer from English being my first language. XD

          • Steven K.

            Agreed.

        • Steven K.

          I think you are wandering over toward Sonny’s current conception/hypothesis.

          • It’s a pretty good guess. She could be masterminding the whole thing.

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          She may even have have made him weaker with her potions in order to “cure” him.

          • i would think that would be how she convinced him he was getting weaker.

    • Klaus

      I don’t think the links are real. The chains are not what is holding Kyle. The magic is doing that directly. The chains are just an image.

      • And the chains are a manifestation of him feeling bound?

      • Steven K.

        I think we all pretty-much agree on that part. But broken links would then reflect momentary breaks or lapses in the magic’s control or power.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      It looked to me like the chains were breaking and reforming constantly. As Kyle broke them, they reformed. The spell is still active, I guess.

      • I guess it must be. Which is why I wondered if it was a bit sentient.

    • Good question… you know I realized I just assumed it was Laamp. (?) but what do I know?

      • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

        It’s silvery, like Sircea’s magic. That’s why I thought it was her.

        • Oh the power of color calibration. I see the chains as the same color as the flames, sort of gold-ish fire colored.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Yes, they are gold-fire color, but when Kyle is trying to break them, the fire around them changes to a silvery-gold color.

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            Oh not the chains— the force that shoves Kyle back is silvery.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Which is why you think Sircea is watching the whole thing. And she probably is. I thought it was just the magic that was pulling him back because the spell is still active and it takes Kyle a great effort to try and somewhat overcome it for a few seconds. But I was never sure what exactly was going on in that first panel.

          • Steven K.

            Jakk, your assessment is what I had been thinking as well.

      • That’s why I was asking. 😐

    • Steven K.

      I really wondered about those exact things as well !!

  • Jeffrey Jacobson

    I think Lampros has seen another way to get to Earth: by using Kyle the same way Anni did.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      That could be, especially if the Key was a trap to bind Laampros. Laampros may have sensed something all along.

      • Jeffrey Jacobson

        Hah! Now there’s a thought. If so, Anni is a goodish guy after all. Somehow, I do’nt think so, though.

    • Steven K.

      That has been on my mind – he could just toss an incapacitated Anni away in a heap and use Kyle on his own, for his own purposes. Not a pretty thought, but it would make sense.

  • Jeffrey Jacobson

    The one thing that never made sense to me on this bargain: How do Anni and the Platinum Priestess hope to control the Americas? Beg Lampros for troops to beat down all the superp-heros there?

  • Eight_Rule_Pig

    I’m too lazy to read 700 comments, had anyone already made a “firecrotch” joke?

    • Nope… just a retread on the Firection, crotch-weasel, douchecanou theme…

      • cockweasel!

        • Oh right… so much better. Can’t believe I forgot THAT!

          • Say it slowly with an emphasis on the cock part. It’s a very satisfying insult.

          • You’re so right. Well, as with everything cock-related, delivery is everything!

          • Steven K.

            Calling anyone a COCK (without the weasel part) is perhaps not as insulting. I love cocks – they are wonderful and amazing creatures, and nature’s most perfect play-toys. So I don’t have any negative feelings toward them or negative connotations inherently toward the word (only when cocks are used for unethical purposes such as sexual assault or in non-safe risky-behavior sex, etc.).

    • Jamie Dutton

      Actually I did see a mention of “firecrotch,” though it was more of a compliment than a joke.

      • Your eye is more eagle than mine! How could I miss “firecrotch”. Compliment for sure. LOL.

        • I know ‘firecrotch’ has been in use on this page, because I’ve used the word myself 😉

          • And was that firecrotch safe from the Wolf? 🙂

          • Gaz Hawkins

            Loving the ginger pubes…… very hot….. I do hope Kyle ends up with ginger chest hair and a beard…. or goatee….. way hot LOL

          • *Chris turns on air conditioner… and sets it for COLD.* Yowza.

          • Steven K.

            I’ve said here before that the ONLY thing that could make Kyle even hotter would be a nice patch of chest fur and a sexy treasure trail to go along with his flaming pits and pubes. (Goatee could end up being rather sexy on him as well.)

          • *Wolf grin*

  • Jamie Dutton

    Happy Halloween, everyone! Mwahahahahahahaaa *coughcough* ha!

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      BOO!

      • Jakk, your avatar needs to show some fangs for Halloween. Regardless, have a great one!

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          Don’t worry Chris, the puppy bites. 😛

          • I believe you dude… lulls you into a false sense of security and then the canines come out!

          • Steven K.

            Awwww – I’m not even a fancier of dogs – or even any other animal being in my home or getting physically close to me (lots of allergies, etc, here) – but always thought that pup is cute enough to at least want to cuddle a bit – but now I’ll re-reconsider.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            he’ll cuddle with you if he likes you. 😉

      • Ellen Harman

        I wore a hat today as part of my costume and terrified my cat. Poor thing finally when and hid behind the couch.

        • I fear your cats revenge may be bloody and fearsome. Please write back and let us know you are okay. 🙂

          • Ellen Harman

            Fine so far, she’s to busy sleeping.

          • Ahhhh wise… she is lulling you into a false state of calm before the bloodbath begins. Cats are so smart.

    • The @admiraljane:disqus wanted me to have my evil cough looked at by a specialist so I’d be careful with that. XD

      Happy Halloween to you and all!

  • Tina

    I’m sure this won’t happen but it’d be interesting to see if Kyle stops Lampy from hurting Duncan too much. Maybe making up the excuse he’d rather exact revenge himself.

    • Steven K.

      That would be a rather sexy plot-twist., maybe not even that much of an “excuse”, even if it were a little bit not-in-keeping with Kyle’s nature.

  • Kuraen

    Now that I think about it, of course Kyle’s upset. Cock block, after cock block… XD

    • HA!

      • Gaz Hawkins

        they say a woman scorned is bad, they never met a gay guy who is denied sex with a hot furry guy

        • Oh I wish I could up-vote you both many more times for the truth of it all. Exactly so!

        • Steven K.

          That’s been pretty much the story of my life, so one then might be able to imagine how upset that makes me.

  • Okay Deacon & Jeff just arrived in the mail and dudes, I’m not kidding. It’s thick, glossy and gorgeous (and the magnet is hot too).

    Sofia was right about the quality of the packaging, it’s perfect. The look on Jeff’s face is priceless and that unzipped Deacon torso is definitely something to wake up to when getting your morning juice. Alex’s new store rocks.
    http://store.yaoi911.com/artifice-unzipping-magnet/

    • Thank you, Chris. Glad it got to you OK. I’m so glad you like it! 🙂

      • Okay… all jokes aside… I told Alex that I’d turn Deacon’s magnet upside down until Kyle got unchained, but now my husband is curious as to what this ARTIFICE thing is, and keeps turning the magnet right side up on the fridge because he thinks that zip-guy (LOL) is HOT. So I’m fighting a losing battle. XD

        • Sapfo

          Go, husband, go! 😉

        • That’s awesome. 🙂 Has he flipped through he GN?

          • YES!

            He has it and wont give it back. Not being as big a geek as I am, he has some very serious questions about having sex with a “Synthetic HuMAN” LOL. Some I’ve had to admit I just couldn’t answer (can you define Deacon’s refractory period, please?).

            Hey, I thought I’d learned my lesson when I gave him some SUITS fanfic, and now he has the entire TV series on DVD. This art-sharing is getting dangerous! 🙂

            Thanks Alex.

          • Deacon has no physical refractory period. But he has an emotional one as he very much enjoys post-sex cuddling.

            And you’re welcome. 🙂

    • Amanda

      🙁 I cant buy cool stuff like this!! I have 4 year old Spawn and don’t want to have to explain the birds & the bees, the bees & the bees, or the birds & the birds to him!!!

      • Amanda it’s pure innocence… Deacon is just removing his jump suit for bedtime… erm… and then he’ll put on his jamies, and they’re sharing a bunk… erm… because it’s crowded and…

        OKAY, GOT IT. No birds & birds until you have that ‘talk’. XD

        • Amanda

          Its the sad truth of Spawn, once my uterus was sliced open, I was doomed to never own anything cool, dress half way decent, and shower regularly.

          • I’m gay, but my friends tell me the part you mention above, eventually passes and then the teen years set in and you just never have your car keys or any spare money again… ahhhh… life IS change.

            Erm, unless you’re gay…

            *peter pan here waltzes off to try to get the grey out of his beard*

          • Amanda

            No, the money disappears the minute you step into your home for the first time. I encourage everyone to adopt 17 year olds.

          • ERM… there’s no fearsome uterus slicing in that scenario. Are you playing on my sensitive gay feelings…?

            (a 17-year-old would understand such a fridge magnet, he notes craftily)

            *chris feels Amanda’s super-manipulation powers wafting through the room*

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      So…what part of the magnet is thick, glossy and gorgeous? No, I keed, I keed ; )

  • DiDi

    Awww…. Fudge. Well… deal with demons… or demonic entities…

  • Klaus

    Someone suggested that Laampros may be an Ifrit, that is a chief among the Djinn. I don’t think so. Laampros regars granting immortality to two humans as trivial. He commands an army capable of overrunning the earth. No Djinni is that powerful, not even Iblis himself. And he is denied access to the earth. The Djinn live on earth, not in hell.

    This is the big baddie himself. Lucifer, the Diabolos, Satan, or whatever you want to call him.

    • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

      BUT–We don’t know this is hell.

      It could be– but that depends on your source of Djinn lore– like angels, that can be vastly different depending on whom you’re asking and how far you go back on the source.

      If you ask a Jew you might get: Satan is in heaven. Hell is a layer in heaven. Usually given as the fifth layer– it’s like heaven’s penal colony/Australia. Satan does not hate mankind, he’s God’s errand boy who loves god and thinks we’re too stupid to bow to– and enjoys pantsing us (story of Job, ex). He’s sort of angry that god and Gabriel tag-teamed him to give the knowledge of how to make angels obey mankind to mortals (solomon)– and he and “Lucifer” are two different characters, along with Samael (who hands out punishments) and Eremiel (one of the only unfallen bene-elohim whose job it is to record everything that goes on in hell and report it back to god). Also, for a Jew, I’ve read that Hell/Sheol is not an eternal way point– but more somewhere you work off all the bad stuff you’ve done while you’re alive. And Satan gets his schadenfreude on because we’re stupid and fall for his bullshit, so he enjoys himself immensely, then pats you on the head and kicks you out when you’re finished. Under that view, he’s more like a bad tempered drill instructor who enjoys watching you suffer than anything else.

      • Steven K.

        Great post!

    • I…just don’t think this matters. Alex is likely creating his own mythology.

      • I so agree. We crossed over and discussed so many different mythological traditions here (all fascinating) that I’ve lost my way and I’ve just come to think that FLAMES FROM HEAD, HUGE HORNS, LEATHER WINGS, RED SKIN, CLAWS, GIANT SHADOWED PENIS = BAAAAAD

        OR…

        We’re enforcing our human perceptions on this unknowable creature and he’s an angel.

        All of which = ChrisD has no idea. LOL.

        *I’m only sure that I don’t wish to meet Circe in a dark alley*

        • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

          LOL on Circe, I don’t want to meet her anywhere.

          Far as the mythology– no doubt Alex is making his own. But when writers write, they draw on archetypes that will be familiar to the audience or draw the audience along patterns they’re following in the story. It helps to have these touchstones. Since this story involves a lot of conquering illusions– the idea that the demon-looking guy is merely a demon seems to be against everything I’ve seen in the comic so far. Nothing is as it appears– which is what sent me out looking to fill in possible blanks by the shapes their absence left in the story. Even Kyle is surprising us. I think Laampros will too– only thing you can blame him for at the moment is admiring Kyle and thinking Duncan is a maggot. All the readers, practically, would agree.

          • And is not telling us what we want to hear… the misdirection itself?

          • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

            It could very well be part of it.

            This isn’t just entertainment. I think Alex is inviting us to think and become part of the story because he had a larger purpose in writing it. The more he reveals, the less involved we become. He wants us involved. He wants us guessing and questioning and looking into ourselves for answers.

            Think about Star Wars for a minute– the first three movies work so well because Lucas didn’t bother to explain everything (I’m talking about pre shitty edits. Han shot first). He engaged the viewers. The prequels suck because he handholds you through every little bit, making sure to tell you what he thinks you should think every step of the way. Sure they’re sparkly, but they aren’t good. If shown on their own in absence of the original three, they would have been very pretty bombs.

          • Steven K.

            I agree concerning the SW stuff – the original films vs the later “prequel” films.

  • Vincent

    But the real question is: What is the giant floating eye’s opinion of all this?

  • SofiaT

    Just came back from watching the new Thor movie. My slight crush on Loki has now turned to full-blown and shameless fangirling.

    Don’t worry Duncan, I have enough room in my heart for lovable villains to fit you both. You just have to learn to share.

    • Was it awesome, huh huh huh? Can’t wait to go see it… Well after it opens here.

      Also, you’ve been missed!

      • SofiaT

        I’ve missed you too :0)
        We should exchange email addresses or something. I know Adam is on google+ but I can’t bother with yet another social media platform.

        The movie was awesome. It exceeded my expectations, for sure. I don’t know why I always go to superhero movies expecting to be disappointed -at least with Marvel this hasn’t happened since X-Men 3 (Bryan Singer did good staying away from that one). Make sure to book your ticket!

        My favourite characters in this one were by far Hiddleston’s Loki and Stellan Skarsgard’s Dr. Selvig. The first was the perfect anti-hero and the second was a great comic relief in all his scenes.

        • Very glad to hear the Thor movie is worthwhile. I’ll look forward to that then. 🙂

          Speaking of email, would you and Admiral Jane mind http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/email-alex/shooting me an email ? I’d like to touch base with you about something.

        • Yes, yes we should. I’m on google+ as well, but I never check it. I’m also on Facebook, which I can easily put up in my profile for a moment. Or… 🙂

          I have to admit, I liked Loki better in the Avengers than in the first Thor, but that could have something to do with the director. We’ll probably go see it in the second week to avoid some of the rush…hopefully.

          • SofiaT

            There’s a scene in the middle of the movie (I won’t say much because I don’t want to spoil it for you) that reminded me vividly of TYP and where it is at the moment.

          • I’m really looking forward to seeing it. I’ll have to keep watch for that scene. As for spoilers, I’m okay with them for the most part. I mean, I’m one of those who checks out the end of a book first. 🙂

    • *Envy*

      We poor abused Americans must wait until Nov 8th. The report is the best quote so far is “You mewling quim!”

      And Tom Hiddleston is just a delicious actor. What’s not to love.

      • SofiaT

        In Australia we had to wait 2 weeks for Man of Steel *grumbles, grumbles*

        • Okay that’s really severe Laampros-worthy torture.

          Thanks for sharing. No one should have to wait that long for Henry Cavill. I feel less persecuted already. XD

          *chris goes off to lobby for universal and simultaneous film release*

    • Feverfew_M

      Watched it too, this afternoon, and it was pure awesomeness!!! *joins in on the fangirling*

    • Amanda

      Im afraid that might happen to me and I have only seen the previews of where Natalie Portman (bitch) slaps him! We could have matching hair, since mine does that flippy thing on its own.

      • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

        Loki brainwashed and enslaved Erik Selvig and leveled most of New York. A slap across the face is the least he deserves since his entire punishment has been lounging around a 5 star luxury prison cell drinking wine and reading books.

        • Loki came across as the sociable type. I don’t think he’s allowed many visitors. Which could really have an effect on him. But I do agree, a slap is just a drop in the bucket towards what he really deserves.

        • The validity of this theory really depends on the quality of the books he was allowed to read… yes? 🙂

          • Good grief, they could be giving him only Sweet Pickles* and Goosebumps. Or *gasp* Twilight…

            * I learned to read with Sweet Pickles, I am not in any way saying they are terrible..

          • Laampros is that you in disguise… oh the humanity!

          • HA!

      • SofiaT

        Hey, he’s an awesome villain but he most definitely deserved that slap. 😀

        • Amanda

          Doesn’t change the fact that he’s mad sexy.

  • All right people..

    A new month has started on Top Web Comics votings, so go vote again. I just moved TYP from #600 – and something- to #378 with one vote, so not many votes has been given yet.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      done, thanks for the reminder.

    • Valja

      Oh yes! Done 🙂

    • and… done (thanks Wolf)

    • Done!

    • Denise Cruz

      Done and done! Thanks! 😉

  • TheManBehindTheCurtain

    Good thing it was just his hand an not his face.
    Somehow I don’t think Anni will let Kyle live now if they ever get back and he doesn’t have his immortality and perfect health. Assuming the circumstance of thier return have Anni in full control of the situation. Otherwise, he will be actively trying to kill him or hire someone to do it.
    Having a boy toy that’s cannot hurt you VS one that can (and even possibly kill you with a bit of training and focusing the attack) is something he will not allow.

    • Denise Cruz

      I don’t think he’ll have any other choice.
      Somehow, I’ve the feeling that this ride in hell won’t bring him or his witch any of the things they wanted. Just a bunch of neweties that he isn’t ready to face and had never thought he would, someday…

      Poor Duncan!

      Have anyone else thought about what he’s going to face IF they get to come back from that place?
      Not only a furious and stronger Kyle, but also he’s friends, which I believe, right now are already looking for the birthday boy; A powerful and curious Laampros, who won’t give up from any of them or from that key so easily AND a strongly disappointed and irascible ‘BB’. (Just for you, @Steven K) lol

      I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes, neither there, nor here.

      Pride and ambition charge very high prices, only to be flowing in someone’s veins.

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        Denise, they can’t be looking for him yet. Remember that when they arrived at the mountain top, they were looking at a sunset. Figure half an hour for dinner, not too long for the bed stuff since Kyle came right away. And their stay in that hellish place has been about half an hour or so. So the whole thing couldn’t have taken more than two hours at most since they arrived on the mountain top.

        • Time could also be different between here and Hellywood. For all we know seconds may only be ticking by on the mountain top. But I would say even less time has slipped by within Hellywood.

          • Dear Admiral,

            Please stop turning my brain inside out with these outrageous ideas (NOT). Thank you sincerely.

            Yours in admiration,
            ChrisD (XD)

          • I know it just seems so very very long. They’ve been there for WEEKS! WEEKS I tell you! It’s kind of like when a possessed Marlena was hovering above that bed for 6 months on DOOL. 😛

            PS – As a leo I do enjoy adoring admiration. 🙂

          • Weeeeeeeks… I believe you. (and I knew the stars had a role in your enjoyment? what is the star in charge of muffins?)

          • Suuuuure you did. 😀 As for muffins, I’m in the process of researching that…. yeah, researching that.

          • Steven K.

            I hate DOOL ever since they ruined it for me by having Will have sex again for some bizarre reason with his (unbearably wretched and ditzy ex-gf) after finally accepting himself and coming out as gay and everyone finally knowing it, and (again, FINALLY!), establishing a romantic relationship with Sonny and all that – AND getting her pregnant as a result. So now he’s still a young gay man barely out of his teens and now a father as well. I only started watching the damn series because of the Will storyline (liking his character AND the fact that he was one of the most beautiful blond boys I’ve ever seen [getting to see his awesome body from time to time as well], though I also found that I REALLY liked EJ – I found him totally sexy – I found myself saying hell with “EJammy”, lets get some “EJilliam” action going on [I loved how EJ was the only one who called Will “WiIliam”, and he was damn sexy as well] though that would have been a little creepy in that Will would have been fooling around with his stepfather, the father of his half-siblings, and someone his mother was still schtupping). But don’t EVEN get me started with how no one in that town even knows that condoms – or any other form of birth control – exist – and just about every female character is currently or has recently been pregnant with a child who was begat by someone who is NOT her current husband, bf, or significant other. Anyway, I felt totally betrayed – they put so much effort into a gay storyline about self-acceptance, how it is all about patience and understanding and love, and they put everything in such a positive light, etc. – but then they kinda took it all back and made him not-so-gay anymore by having him hook back up with that insufferable wench Gabbi, and do so in a way that results in a breeding success. It turned my stomach and vowed I’d never tune in again.

          • Will (I’m assuming Sammy and Lucus’s son) was just a preteen (suddenly aged mind you) when I stopped watching for good. They can’t help messing everyone up. And then never resolving it. And then acting like a character has made amends, but oh no, still evil. There is no point to DOOL. The stories are just rage inducing.

          • I hate it when they toss out the author’s bible and just start randomizing… that’s when I always say Hasta La Vista… Film, TV, Books, whatever…. Funny, life seems random enough (even if the canvas is just too big for me to see), so I want my entertainment to seem like someone put some thought in it.

          • Yes, exactly so.

        • Denise Cruz

          Oh, man! This feels endless…

          It’s like they were there for two hundred years, already…

          Couldn’t Tsunami have seen all this happening?

          He kind of saw where all that people which were inside the building, on that fire episode, to save them. Wasn’t it?.

          Do you remember?

          I don’t even know why, but I started thinking about it.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Yeah I know, poor Kyle has been tied to that bed for 17 pages already, an who knows how many more. 🙁

          • Denise Cruz

            God help us!
            I want to see that boy on his feet again! This is unfair! He’s a kid, indeed, but he already learnt to walk… Let him do it! Please!
            Laampros won’t be beaten by one single guy, afterall. Will he?

          • Hey, I’m trying, every day I turn magnet Deacon upside down. EVERY DAY…. LOL. I can’t make himself understand why I do this because that would mean I’d have to explain the Young Protectors with no Graphic Novel to help me and so … yep… my brain would explode.

            So for now it’s just another moderately insane thing I do. Sometimes I can see him thinking, “???… best not to ask.” XD

          • Denise Cruz

            XDDDDDD I wish I was a little mosquito, just to be able to see his face when he sees the magnet upside down, again… lol (Poor Deacon! He probably feels nauseated, sometimes… XDD)

            Anyway, keep on trying! Don’t give up! The poor kid is already crying…

          • Don’t worry Denise… Alex makes Kyle suffer, so I make all the blood rush to Deacon’s head every morning after my man goes to work and IT’S ALL ALEX’S FAULT. Eventually the guilt will get to him and we’ll get Kyle off that slab of suffering *sniffs* I believe! XD

          • Denise Cruz

            XDDDDDDDDDDDD Agreed! It’s all Alex’s fault! XDDDDDDDDDD

  • Kalynn Osburn

    I JUST now realized you can see a little bit of Kyle’s firecrotch.

    Which can only mean one thing…

    I AM ACTUALLY MORE INTERESTED IN THE PLOT THEN GAY SEX!!!
    *DUMDUMDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA*

    • I’m so sorry. I think you can get a pill to fix that. XD

      • Denise Cruz

        XDDD This was mean! (True, but mean! ) XDD

        • I didn’t mean to be mean at all…

          But is it TRUE like you say? Is there a pill I can slip into hot guys drink like a gay Rohypnol? Then all of a sudden I can pretend to be Tom Hiddleston to my new found Chris Hemsworth. This assumes that that straight guy who just experienced a fab night of drugged up gay love forgets it… right… you know… so I don’t get the stuffing beat out of me the next day?

          You know… that kind of pill?

          • Denise Cruz

            XDDD No. Not exactly that kind of pill, beautiful!
            Sorry! lol

            I was refering to a kind of pill which can make any creature in this world (no offense intended) pretty… err… unh… interested in sex (from any kind, I’d dare to say! XD).
            But he/she would remember everything, for sure.

          • Darn drugged up memory problem. LOL.

            Actually, (total aside) there is an classic Eastern Indian story about a supremely ugly couple who (separately) pray to the gods to find and marry the most beautiful person in the world. So the gods grant their wish and they become the most beautiful people in the world — TO EACH OTHER — and no one else can ever understand how these two severely ugly people can be so madly in love with each other for the rest of their lives.

            I’ve always loved that story and I’ve been looking for the original for years…

            And that (here comes another aside) reminds me of one of my favorite quotes ever from the writer Sam Keen, who said, “that love comes not from finding the perfect person, but from seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”

            I love that one. It’s the kind of quote to give DBIR hope.

            And now, finally, I’ll shut up… erm… for a minute at least.

            – ChrisD

          • Denise Cruz

            LOL You shouldn’t ever shut up, sweetheart! It would be a huge lose for everyone of us! 😉

            I’d love seeing such a movie, too! It seems great! So funny and so… true(?!) at the same time. Nice choice!

            That quote from Sam Keen made me remember another one, wich I read on a poster, at school, a long time ago:

            ** “Love bends not to break.” **

            Unfortunately, the author’s name wasn’t there. But I always loved this quote and could never forget it! I believe it also applies very nicely to that couple which you mentioned before. 🙂

            And, before I shut up, please, tell me what ‘DBIR’ means?! (XD Sorry! I get lost when you, guys, do that. So many words spin up in my mind… I can’t find out which ones are the right ones…) XD.

          • I like that quote.

            And ‘DBIR’ I learned from Sonny. It means ‘Douche Bags In Recovery’. Duncan is a founding member and has a lot of the lifetime achievement awards… but both Sonny and I have come a long way. I’m working on my 10 year plaque… (mom is so proud). XD

          • Denise Cruz

            LOL 10 Years plaque?! Wow! XDDDDDD (Proudest mom ever!! XDD)
            I didn’t know about this prize… I could’ve nominated a buch of people through the years…. lol
            Are you sure that Sonny and you should be there?! O.o
            You both sound like nice people… a little bit of crazy, but.. who isn’t?! XDD
            Oh, btw: Thanks for explaining that to me! 😉

          • No problem. No the CIR (Crazies In Recovery) is a totally different group. See, Sonny and I are getting better, but it’s not curable, it’s just something you work on forever.

            It’s all good. XD

          • Denise Cruz

            OH! The CIR I know very well! Actually, next month I’ll be taking my 34th Annual Certificate of Participation. That’s REALLY important! (’cause my shrink only believes I didn’t escape a single reunion if I bring it to him.). XDDD

      • Kalynn Osburn

        …you think I was OFFENDED!

        Oh you sweet thing you!

        I thought your comment was hilarious. My OP was more directed at my deep and sincere love of pointless yaoi. So it did come as something of a shock to realize that I am very interested in the core of this comic. I am attached to these characters, their development, and how it’s all going to turn out.

        As for how I did it, I have always been a big comic book nerd. So it’s natural that I would find something like this a draw. But my favorite pages weren’t really the ones spent on action and punches and things blowing up. I always liked the ones spent on real, deep characters, their emotional struggles, and how their pathos continued through out issue after issue. And, especially given Kyle’s likable, truly sympathetic character and Duncan’s pragmatic, but still understandable personality, they both make for intriguing and well developed people.

        That’s what it comes down to. I feel like I know both of them somehow Kyles struggle over who he is, his fears of loosing friends, his self control over keeping those he loves safe. The realization that he had finally found the one person on earth he could be safe with, could trust only to have it all come crashing down in a pool of molten betrayal and chaos. I think we’ve all known that feeling at some point, although most of us haven’t been used to open a portal for an other dimensional demon. 🙂

        And Duncan…although I can’t forgive what he’s done, I do understand him. Instead of cowering and becomes afraid when he was pushed down, he fought. He became stronger than everyone else as a means of feeling safe and when that happened, it was just too easy to keep going. The more powerful he became, the easier it was to make others obey him, to keep himself protected through fear and domination. Duncan is a remarkably tragic figure because he is going to be the agent of his own demise. And we all known him and understand how he feels because we’ve all been him.

        • Steven K.

          What a great post – of personal feelings on the matter and on the characterizations of the lead figures here.

        • Ok, Denise mentioned ‘mean’ and that prompted my reply and I got this fantastic post in response… Yayyy proof that sometimes bad behavior IS rewarded.

          GREAT POST! Thank you.

  • Frater Gymnos

    am I seeing some sort of rapprochement possibly between Kyle & Big Red? Big Red & Little Red, perhaps?

  • Klaus

    Why is Laampros suddenly giving off a blue light? Is this the immortality treatment?

    • KryX

      How did I not notice that?

      • In all fairness, we aren’t supposed to. Just to ‘feel’ it’s effects. I miss the tech stuff all the time.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      I think its the “Something Epic Is About To Happen” background.

      • Klaus

        Something epic did.

    • amanda

      personally I think it is just a way to break up the panel and give it appeal. plus red on red equals a floating anni held up by black splotches.

    • SofiaT

      In comics, the sudden monochromatic background is the equivalent of the camera zooming fast on the characters when something surprising happens while the rest of the set fades away in films. I’m not a filmmaker so I don’t know if there’s a specific name for it, that’s the best I can describe it.

      Same thing (different colour) happened with the “holly crap, it’s the Annihilator!” panel in ch. 1.

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        You also have a little bit of it in the previous page, when Kyle breaks free and burns Duncan.

      • Hard to know if this is the exact equivalent, but it might be the graphic novel version of ‘rack focus’, which is much as Sofia describes it… and is a lens effect that suddenly changes the main character’s relationship to the background. (?)

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racking_focus

        • SofiaT

          Yes, that! Thank you.

      • Klaus

        That was just a slight variation on the brick red background, not a contrasting color.

  • I don’t care if I’m super early, I have nothing to do with my life.
    Therefore, we are having a camp part! Get the random colored lights, the loud pulsating music, pointless fog machine, and somebody find out how to create a bar from our camping supplies!!!

  • Holly

    Well beautiful people, as universal punishment for getting the virgin, I won’t be camping tonight.

    I have recording at 11am which means I need to be up by around 8am. So I can’t camp. *sad face*

    • Awwww. 🙁

    • Or is this a sly ploy and then you leap out at the last minute and nab the virgin? Just checking? XD

      • Holly

        No I seriously do need to be at filming in 11.5 hours. 🙁 i’m going to bed after a shower.

    • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

      Good luck with your recording, Holly.

      • Double that!

        • Holly

          noooooo don’t say that to actors

      • Holly

        You don’t say good luck to actors O_O

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          Break a leg?

          • Holly

            Thanks Jakk

        • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

          Ahh, my mistake. I thought you were a musician. Break your face then. XD

    • Have fun!

    • What do you mean you won’t be camping!? Your discussions are amazing!

  • Mmm. What’s that? That’s the yummy aroma of a nearly baked page you smell in the air. Won’t be long now…

    • YAY!

      Although I think I said that last page… Well it needed repeating. 🙂

      • sonoftheatomicbiscuithead

        Enthusiasm is nothing to sneeze at.

    • Oh, Alex. You tease.

    • KrisYWC

      Great! Now I’m hungry. 😛

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    Page is up.

  • Jac

    “I think this is what pain feels like!”

    • Cool. I like that idea as much as I like the thought of Laampros looking at Kyle and wondering, “What is this liquid leaking from its eye?”

  • UrHimeXan

    You just recived the clap.

  • so Laamparos seems genuinely to shift at this precise moment in terms of his regard to Kyle…which makes me wonder when it is that he realizes/knows what’s up with him…I keep thinking of that awesome but short lived tv series Reaper in which the main character was Satan’s son but given that Satan had more than one child, he didn’t automatically favor any of them and Sam had to work to impress his dad that he was worthy of attention.

  • OH!

  • ssLollypopss

    Is nobody gonna talk about Kyle’s red dick? lmao