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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 120

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So! The spell has been cast and all that’s left is for the timer to run out so the sacrifice can be made. Is this it? Will Laampros be able to punch through the walls? (And since he has to now punch up, wouldn’t it actually make more sense for him to punch through the ceiling?) And look at that smile! Could The Platinum Priestess be about to burst into song? (Or at least a happy-dance?)

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  • This hurts, precious, it hurts me. BAD VILLAINS, being so evil.

  • davefragments

    A chat between the two miscreants. What a loving scene
    Added: look at the burn marks on her arm. She came damn near being fried.

    • kuku

      She doesn’t seem to feel them, though.

      • davefragments

        I noticed that too. Perhaps she’s just too hopped up and happy at the prospect of immortality.

      • Madock345

        She’s had a long time to get used to pain. Probably doing some kind of subtle healing magicy stuff too.

  • Sapfo

    Ouch!!!

  • Sapfo

    So I guess we should come up with a name for Laampros then since it seems he it taking over the world. How about one of the classic ones “Dark Lord”, or something more modern “Lampy”?

    • Lordi? :-p

      • Sapfo

        OH PLEASE YES! Alex, can we call him Lordi. We even have songs in his honor. I´m on team Lordi! 😀

        • We could twist it to be Lordy, so that it ends on the -y just like Laampy, but Lordi already has fans and I like it better.

          Hard Rock Hallelujah!

    • jreed3842

      I think I’ve called Laampros Lampy before. Haha. That’s totally what I wanna call him! He’d love that, right?

      • Laampy!! My votes there. I think though we need to include that second A. He might be sensitive about that.

        • Sapfo

          No! You dont get to vote on Lordi. You have to make due with Duncan xD

          • What? Why?

          • Sapfo

            Dont you remember, Lordi / Lampy / the Dark Lord / Laampros will have the world, except North America. There for we, the world, will play with Lordi and you get to play with Duncan. Take good care of him you guys

          • Oh right. Wait. I suppose Duncan can be dealt with, but Sircea worries me.

          • davefragments

            Duncan is a bit of a dummy.

          • He seems like it. At least at this moment.

          • Sapfo

            Sylis gal? No why would you think she be any problem? Syli will have her around her fingers in no time.

          • We will see.

          • Oh know! Lordi Laampy, let’s call him that.
            (He’d kill us for sure).

    • Klaus

      How about Laampros?

  • Well… That seems bad.

  • Also, I think Sircea kept a few things from the Duncanator.

    • I too have a sneaking suspicion about that. Hmm.

      • Indeed. I mean even something as simple as the spell being cast. He had no idea about the intricacies of the spell cast.

  • PP looks so…..soft? in that last panel????

    • stickfigurefairytales

      She does. I kind of want to pet her, but I know that would only lead to agonizing pain. Not unlike certain cats in that regard.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I thought PP might’ve pulled some sort of Ozymandias $%&#!

  • Sircea is in SUCH a happy mood. She just had some good entertainment, and now there’s sacrifices ahead. Oh what a nice day she’s having…
    And she says that her and Spooky are the sane magicians o.O
    Yeah, she’s SO sane.

  • TwilightDreamer

    ok everyone…time to get up now!! D:
    Something big has got to happen…I don’t want to see all those people die, but I don’t see Lammpros NOT arriving D:

  • Xithyl

    Pg 121: Laampros: “What the heck?? I’m about to grant you immortality, and you couldn’t make a nice circle of bone for me?? D:< "

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Laampros as a stereotypical Jewish mother?

      • Xithyl

        Haven’t a clue, but it would be funny if Laampros does show up that he critiques their demon summoning skills 😛

  • davefragments

    Also, I don’t think Sircea’s burns look oozy and painful enough.
    I believe in the older writing tradition of Edgar Allen Poe where he describes growing sores oozing all sorts disgusting things.

    • Madock345

      Burns that big will ooze all kinds of interesting fluids, but not for a while. Give her a day or two and there will be plenty of oozing going on.

      • davefragments

        It’s one of my obsessions. I want Sircea to suffer in horrible ways. I get kind of lurid about it. I keep asking for her to land in the mud like Kyle did.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Using words like ‘suppurating’, I should expect.

      • davefragments

        I wasted my stock of “luridness” on political posts earlier today. I was playing romp and stomp and kick the opponents butt.
        And I’ve made sure that the political stuff can’t trace me back here.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Of course, it suddenly occurs to me that if Spooky can cast healing spells, then unless there’s some complicating factor then the Priestess should be able to as well. (She’s probably just riding the post-victory high of adrenaline at the moment, savouring her triumph rather than getting straight to tending her wounds.)

    • kuku

      Yay! Check it out….

    • bandanajack

      alright, i need some clarification here. i have been reading EMR for the better part of a year, is that yours, or otherwise connected? and to top that off, i followed a link off of EMR out of curiosity, and out of the corner of my eye spotted your monicker, clicked on it and was led to a mature strip called metro jack (of course i was going to check out something with jack in it, and lost an hour or so reading it one post at a time. is that you, or a favorite of yours. the web is a big place, but somehow i keep bumping into you lately…

      perhaps it was inevitable?

      • *giggles* EMR is done by the talented themice. I have been a mod for her comment section since around Thanksgiving 2013. I have also helped to edit the 1st 4 books/volumes for print.

        *outright laughter* Doki is EVERYWHERE *evil laughter*

        …seriously I could probably make money off of how many people say that ^_^

        • bandanajack

          for a creaky cranky old man, i get around some myself…

  • I stand by my previous suggestion of Michelle Pfeiffer as Sircea.

    • SofiaT

      Stardust? 🙂

      • davefragments

        I liked that movie.
        I like the song, too.

        • SofiaT

          Me too. I also loved the book.
          Neil Gainan at his finest.

          Fun fact: the evil witch is redeemed and gets to live in the end in the book, unlike the movie.
          Neil is great with grey characters.

      • Never even thought of that. Just thought of an older, sexy woman who could be a badass. I think in someways I was thinking of Dark Shadows.

        • davefragments

          Meryl Streep does a great witch in INTO THE WOODS.

          • Meryl Streep is in a class by herself.

          • I’m in support of Michelle Pfeifer being a great Sircea, but if Meryl Streep it would have to be in the Devil Wears Prada kind of style.

    • davefragments

      Maybe CHARO (although she’s an old icon). I’d love to see Sircea played with the accent that CHARO used to do onstage.
      I’m naughty when it comes to Sircea (in case you haven’t noticed.)

    • Samurai Jack

      Tilda Swinton. Although that might be a cliche now. Although if Dave wants an accent let’s see how Sofia Vergara looks as a blonde. 😉

      • I believe Sofia Vergara is natural hair color is blond. I suppose there is also Cate Blanchett.

  • Madock345

    Sircea is just so delightfully confident. I love it.

    We kickstarter guys are getting the card art too, right? I might be a tad salty about the Patron people getting all the goodies >.>

    • Kickstarter folks have already gotten the Spooky Romance Card art in a previous update. You should have been receiving those in your emails. If you’re not getting the updates in your emails, it’s kind of a big deal because that means you also won’t get the shipping survey when I send it out — and that means you won’t be getting any of your physical rewards. Which would make me very sad because I want awesome Kickstarter backers like yourself to get all the rewards you pledged for.

      Have you been receiving the monthly Kickstarter updates in your email?

      If not, please log into your Kickstarter account right away and update your email address with them.

      In the meantime, you can find all the updates (which include all your digital rewards that have been sent out so far) here:

      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alexwoolfson/the-young-protectors-vol-1-0/posts

      Hopefully, this answers your question. Please let me know if you have any more. And thank you very much for your backing! 🙂

      • jreed3842

        I loved the Spooky romance card art! I actually enjoyed thr SFW art better than the fully nude one! The boxers were cute and it leaves stuff up to the imagination. Haha.
        I love the kickstarter updates! It’s like Christmas! I get all giddy. Bahaha.

        • Very glad to hear it, jreed! 🙂

          • davefragments

            and me without my newspaper!

      • Madock345

        Huh, I was getting them, but haven’t got any since January. Weird. Probably some craziness with my spam filter or something, since my kickstarter email is right.

        Sorry for complaining, the problem is definitely on my end. That romance card art is damn nice btw.

    • I look forward to getting the real cards along with the book 🙂

  • WarGoddess

    Please tell me the Young Protectors still have a chance. Please. Please let Kyle go all bananas when Laampurru-kun comes through and unleash his true powers which cannot be limited by a dampener. Let the baddies taste Kyle’s wrath. Please!!!! It must happen!!!!!

  • SofiaT

    Several observations:
    1) Ah, there they are! I was hoping the sacrifice was just an illusion meant to lure TYP but looks like I’m not getting my wish. :0/
    2) Sircea is proving to be as shrewed as I thought she was -and that’s a good thing. I was starting to doubt her abilities as a badass villainess with aeons under her belt.
    3) Is Duncan’s question almost, sorta hopeful? I can’t tell what he hopes for most: that the plan doesn’t go through… Or that it does?

    • davefragments

      Well, might I broach the idea that there is a plot twist that the mechanism is already sabotaged and won’t work.

      • Samurai Jack

        The clock might be counting down to a non-event? Now that’s clever. When did it happen and how? We know Amanda asked Tsunami to rescue the hostages, and he said he didn’t necessarily have fine enough control over his powers to pull it off. Are we absolutely certain Amanda doesn’t have telekinetic abilities?

        I really like this idea. I wonder if Duncan is off the hook with Laampros for making a “good faith” effort to uphold his end of the bargain?

        • Garnasha

          Bwahahaha. That’s cute, you think a demon would forgive failure to uphold your end of a bargain just because “you tried”.

          If you’re right about the clock, Duncan is fucked fucked fuuucked 😀 BURN you piece of ABUSIVE SHIT

          • Samurai Jack

            You’re missing the point. I’m not subscribing human motivations to something that’s absolutely NOT human. Duncan has shown that he’ll do as Laampros asks. If he fails it wasn’t because he didn’t try or didn’t eliminate the threat against his plan–at least as far as he was aware. Laampros is presumably immortal and should take a longer view. Duncan is a potentially powerful servant to have, and good minions are hard to find, especially on a plane of existence that isn’t your own.

          • Garnasha

            I’m not sure that’d count as “off the hook”, if it’s just “you’re more useful to me alive than dead”. One, you’re still stuck serving a demon, two, there’s oh so many ways you can still be alive and useful.

            Also, his terms were “fail me and I will destroy you”. Not “betray”, just “fail”. Not sure what Laampy thinks more important: a strong minion on earth, or his street cred everywhere. He promised destruction, he’d have to deliver in some form (literal of figurative).

          • Samurai Jack

            I can buy this. Let’s split the difference. Laampros treats Duncan as his sexual plaything, thereby “destroying” him. Well, perhaps just a good spit roasting. 😉 Then uses him as his minion on earth.

        • timemonkey

          They were never given a time limit. If they fail now there’s no reason they can’t try again tomorrow or next week.
          I wonder if maybe Fluke sabatoged the device? He claimed to be supercharged before the fight but aside from one instance didn’t seem to be getting lucky.

          • Samurai Jack

            You mean there’s no time limit to summon Laampros to Earth, which is probably true. The only time limit extant is the one to save the potential sacrifices. Wasn’t that one of the YP’s goals?

            Anyway, since the ritual is now complete maybe there is a time limit. Otherwise the entire ritual may need to be repeated if the required sacrifices aren’t made within a certain period?

    • I’d say he doesn’t like what’s about to happen – what he’s about to do – but he’ll go through with it because he wants to be on the winning side + getting some good perks with it, it’s something he wants.
      He wants things to happen, but he’s reluctant about what it takes to make it a success.

    • Klaus

      Does he know what he hopes for?

    • I thought I saw that with Duncan, too. I thought I was just imagining it because I wanted to! I like seeing that he’s conflicted and perhaps even remorseful (with his backward look toward Kyle, for instance). Not that I think any of that will stop him from going through with it, of course. But, I can see him as thinking along the lines, “I wish it didn’t have to be this way, but it does.”

  • Saxon_Brenton

    So. Annihilator may or may not have been keeping secrets from the Platinum priestess, but the Priestess has been keeping secrets from him. Check.

    As predicted by numerous readers ever sinece the start of this fight scene, the Priestess has pulled an Ozymandius trick and got the spell cast long before the countdown timer would indicate. This suggests that she – at least – was anticipating opposition. Check.

    The discussion about the bone circle in the last panel strongly suggests that it can still be used as a portal. Nevertheless, I find myself wondering whether this is a function of it still being more-or-less intact (from the look of it in panel 2), or whether it’s because the spell has been successfully cast. Various possibilities: the bone circle could fall and break up, but the proximate location of its scattered pieces could still mark the boudnaries of a gate (in which case Tsumani smashing it and scattering it would merely create a gate big enough for George Finigan to use…). Alternatively, the successful casting of the spell strengthened the bone circle to the point where it wouldn’t be smashed without a heck of a lot more force than the Young Protectors had time to put into it. Hmm…

    • Klaus

      She has not necessarily kept secrets. She has a deeper undertanding of the ritual than he. He knows what would happen if things went smoothly, but not what would happen if there was a short interuption between the incantation and the sacrifice.

    • timemonkey

      How does that in any way suggest she was expecting opposition? Of course the spell would be completed before the sacrifice, it’s always been clear the sacrifice was the big finish.

  • So much pain has happened in a matter of 20mins in TYP time. I’m not sure I can handle the next 20-30mins in that timeline >.<

    I need to know what's about to happen to our hero team.

  • EscherEnigma

    Hah. Figured most of that was for theatrics and not actually necessary.

  • Klaus

    Young Protectors the musical.

    • I would pay to see that. At least the stage version.

  • I think that in the end, Duncan is kinda just like a little monkey to Sircea. A pet as it were. She’s deigned to include him in her plan.

    • I agree. She often seems to be talking down to him in a condescending sort of way. Or at least that’s how it seems to me. Maybe I’m just projecting that onto her because she makes me so angry so often. :p

      • That’s how I hear it too. 🙂 Which really takes us back to Duncan’s days as an enforcer. It seems that he’s just always the one following the big boss and is never the big boss himself.

  • Fabulous Alien

    OK, the Platinum Priestess’ expression / entire face in the last panel is perfect!!! (Further thoughts are on hold until I am done being amazed.)

  • Megan Staples

    I hope Circea gets eaten by a demon.

    • Sammi Thompson

      Omg you and me both!!

    • Maybe Lammpros? He did call her a sow. Hmmm, but I think he used “old’ sow, so possibly not?

      • Megan Staples

        Maybe he’s a jealous gay demon.

    • I hope her magic gets taken away, and all ability to gain any. So she can slowly rot like a human.

      • Derkins

        honestly she’s so cunning and manipulative i’d still be pretty intimidated even if she were just human :/

        • Still; seems like it would be her worst fear since she wants to live forever and be an all powerful fairy queen.

          More or less 😛

  • Greg Skudlarek

    Hmm, looks like the hostages should have been the highest priority after all….

  • gahocleric

    I really wish I could afford to be a paetreon :/ as it is I had to scrimp and save just to do the kickstarter. I love this comic (as well as Artifice which I also wish I could have backed) I’m glad you’re able to devote more time to your writing Alex!

  • Alan Michael Williams

    Something tells me Laampros is the kind of villain who makes a deal and then rescinds it after he gets what he wants. Lex Luther does that all the time to “lesser” villians… And boy would PP be pissed to be “put in her place.” Am I crazy or was this possibility already discussed at some point?

    • Klaus

      A classical demon would be unable to do this. They may stretch the wording of the deal to the limit, but they are bound by their word. If this applies to Alex’ demons remains to be seen.

      On one hand, SIrcea would not trust the deal if she did not have a good reason. On the other, she did admit not understanding the old rules.

    • timemonkey

      The way things are set up very much indicates a magical bargain, breaking one of those tends to go badly for whomever does it.

  • Tobyan

    “Save the sexy red hair inked dude, save the world.” #Theyoungheroes #Previously

    • Ha!

    • Frater Gymnos

      shouldn’t the sacrifices be naked?

      • zunden

        Only if Laampros isn’t intending to cook them. If they’ll be over a fire, the clothes will burn off anyway. Some people like char on their food.

  • I’m wondering if maybe they’re going to get more than they bargained for without Laampros even having to break the deal. Having basically gotten whatever they asked for is honestly a little concerning. Doesn’t that strike them as a bit too easy?

    I also keep looking for signs of a remorseful and reluctant Duncan to the point that I’m starting to make it up in my head.

    • Klaus

      The hard bargaining took part off screen. http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-ch3-page-48/

      • The way she describes that makes me even more concerned that it was a bit too easy. It may have taken months, but to a demon that’s hardly any time at all, I’m sure. I’m not necessarily saying that I don’t think they’ll get what they want. I just wouldn’t be at all surprised if they get some things they didn’t bargain for or about and end up getting in over their heads on that and regret it.

        We’ve only seen very little directly involving the demons in Alex’s world here, so I don’t know if Laampros follows any of the “traditional” demon rules, but if so then just because he can’t break a contract doesn’t always mean the people who make it with him won’t regret it later due to unforeseen ways in which he can stretch and bend it, let alone go around it in some cases.

  • heh. Just a thought to maybe toss out there. Everyone knows the 3 gifts right? Brains, brawn, and looks? And how one can have two of them but not all three? Not to call Duncan an idiot, but is definitely looks and brawn. PP is definitely looks and brains.

  • I’ve never hated such a beautiful woman to this degree.

    Sircea, Sircea.
    For why?

  • Pikinanou

    It’s okay, Anni, put a fancy red carpet over the rumbles and get a bottle of champagne. Laampros won’t even notice the mess. 😛

  • Sunseahl Silverfall

    Told you the whole setup was cosmetic. XD

  • Alt+F7

    Guess it’s time to prepare a welcome party for our new demonic overlords :/

    Does eye of newt go best in a cake or a scone?

    • zunden

      I would say scone, but only if you pair it with the blood of an ox. Cake is generally more of a… I don’t know… Pureed bat wing sort of thing?

    • Klaus

      But where do you get scale of dragon these days?

      • Alt+F7

        Don’t tell the coven, but I’ve found a mix of cinnamon and oregano gives the same taste and is better on the budget, as long as you grind it with a quartz pestle during the new moon of course.

        • Klaus

          Have you read Gaiman’s Anansi Boys?

          • Alt+F7

            Not yet, I love me som Gaiman, but mostly stick to his short stories.

          • Klaus

            There is this scene were four old women are performing a magic ritual. The leader has tasked each of the others with bringing varous components. I’d better stop here, lest I spoil it for you.

    • Tahir Raines

      Speak for yourself. I live in the US and IIRC that is one of the countries that Sircea will rule.
      I, for one, welcome my new platinum overlord.

  • bronakopdin

    I love to see Anni in the first panel… his expression is so full of thoughts and emotions.
    a good mixture of regret, a little uncertainty, sadness… and in the next panels he’s back to his practicality as if he just persuaded himself inside again that he did what he did for a reason 🙂

  • Matt Lovinski

    This may have been explained already but isn’t Sircea already considered immortal? If so why did she need the ritual? And as for you Duncan, I still hope your cause is just because you know what they say about karma ^^;

    • Sunseahl Silverfall

      It’s not been explained fully yet BUUUT…. my guess is that because the walls are weakening there’s a good chance that the magic can or will be lost entirely… her immortality, a product of this magic, means that she’d need a source to tap into…. What better way to tap that magical immortality by making a deal with demons then trapping them and their magic in our world before sealing the barriers again?

      • Mary Klemzak

        Holy crap.

        Immortality and deism isnt all its cracked up to be. Its lonely at the top.

        • Sunseahl Silverfall

          Tell that to Miss Grey Mare… who seems completely fine for a bat of over 2 thousand

      • Matt Lovinski

        That does make sense. After all she’s centuries old, if the magic was gone shed be reduced to dust (if were assuming that ages she should’ve had hits her at once) still this deal got me to wonder, with so much on the line don’t you think laampros would be keeping tabs on cohorts? And if so, everything that’s happened so far…won’t bode well for anyone if/when that spell goes off

        • Sunseahl Silverfall

          Why should he? Demons are often pompous, arrogant, self-righteous pricks… much like villains. The only difference is that demons are usually better at getting away with and from stuff.

          Sure… Dunc and Circ may capture him for a little while… But almost soon after is when the plan goes to hell, he breaks out, and then TYP have to team up with these two warts to send him back to the magical world of hell.

    • Madock345

      She lost her immortality and a lot of her power in the same incident that drove all the magic users (except her and Spooky) crazy.

      My theory is that Spooky was unaffected because he wasn’t on earth at the time, and Sircea just had enough power/protections active to save herself, but it cost her a lot to do so.

      • I actually think the GW took place more than just a few years ago, prior to Spooky’s unexpected vacation. I also don’t think his magic “activated” until he was on said unexpected vacation. Meaning his ability activated and he got control of it while outside of the ‘sphere of influence’ that causes others to go insane. Or the mere fact that he spent a whole year in “hell” might have given him some immunity, as I am sure there are a lot of people who would not have emerged “sane” from an experience like that at such a young age.

        As I am not a backer and have not been able to read the origin story of Spooky’s Cap, I can still hold unto the belief that it is in fact a type of demon familiar that keeps Spooky sane.

        • SofiaT

          I suspect the GW happened and then people with superpowers started to pop up all over the place… So, maybe the GW was in the ’60s-’70s?

      • Klaus

        I agree. “I have had decades to plan this.” That is almost certainly longer than Spooky has been on earth. I don’t think she would refer to 20 years as “decades”.

  • Tahir Raines

    FYI, there appears to be a goof in the last panel. Sircea’s sleeve should be visibly torn as per the 3rd panel.

    • Douglas Smith

      I think her clothes are regenerating.

      • Xithyl

        Since she’s old enough to out live every civilization known to man, maybe she’s created/discover regenerative clothing! :O

    • Thanks, Tahir! I have a note in to Adam about that. 🙂

  • Douglas Smith

    So Duncan has now confirmed all the pieces are in place and Sircea is now expendable…

    • timemonkey

      No, he needs her to actually fix the problem and then get rid of the demons. HE’s the expendable one.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    There has to be something they missed…..there just has to be….as for the demon…..I think Duncan will be the “expendable one” Sircea is an “all or nothing” type who never settles for the latter!

  • EldrinSMP

    Wait… I’m guessing that the glow around Anni is what’s protected him from the power nullifier, but what about PP? How are hers still working, and if it’s because of magic, can Spooky wake up and save the day?!

    • It doesn’t seem to work on magic, just like the magic powder kept Kyle invisible in Hong Kong despite not being able to use fire.
      Sadly I’m not sure that Spooky could save the da even if he wakes up. He’s really badly injured 🙁

      • Mikki

        Health potion?

        • Could hope, but I’m not sure how fast that could heal him – even if a health potion did survive a crash followed by a mini explossion and a 2nd crash >.<

          But where there's life there's hope!

  • Alex

    wow, how can Sircea be so gorgeous?

    • Eland

      Yay, another person who digs the PP. 😀

  • AseretZone

    Welp, looks like in a half-hour it’s Hell on Earth. Sorry, Spooks. We tried. Hopefully your old “friends” won’t be coming out. Though they just might.

    How is Laampros gonna take his kid getting his butt kicked? Then again, he WAS trying to keep daddy from coming…

    • LL

      Phrasing?

    • Klaus

      Alex has promised that we will soon knowmore about the “cute demon”. It could be from the prose story he is working on for the Patreon patrons. Then again, it could be that it will come through the gate.

  • Kaatje Van der Zee

    Oh this is awful! Hoping that someone or something drops a house on the bad guys!

  • So, IF they become gods, will Anni smash PP and try to get Kyle to like him again?

    • timemonkey

      Considering part of the plan is her repairing the interdimensional walls and then getting rid of the demons I’d say probably not.

  • Eland

    There is no end to my love for PP. Every scene she’s in steals my attention. x)

    • Adam Irving

      Yes!

  • okay.

    sick.

    so, what was the point of all the decoration?
    to serve as a decoy to throw off the focus of amanda and spooky?

    • Klaus

      From what Sircea is saying, Laampros will come through the ring. But now that it is lying down, he will have to fly.

    • I wouldn’t say that much. I think they were going to use the ring as a focus for the portal, give it a finite shape and have it contained in a specific area. Without the ring it probably won’t have a specific shape or size, aka it could be a lot larger than the ring.

      I don’t think the ring was technically needed, but more of a formality?

      • timemonkey

        They’re still using the right, he’s just got to come up instead of walking through it now.

  • Kate G

    You know, it is very, very, VERY difficult to stay angry at PP and Duncan when they are making such adorable faces. QUIT MAKING SUCH ADORABLE FACES!!!! I want to stay angry, especially since you gave Kyle a sonic knuckle sandwich. I bet that is going to leave a very nasty bruise.

    Poor Kyle.

  • Klaus

    Do any of you know of a way to use a kindle file whithout any sort of fancy device? I just have a garden variety pc.

    • SofiaT

      Download the kindle app. I have it on my laptop and my iphone.
      Even though I already got a kindle…

    • I downloaded Kindle to my computer from Amazon. Was pretty easy. I don’t have any other device with internet access, and I also have Nook on my computer if needed. Most/all of the e-reader programmes also has a version for the pc.

  • Cman65

    PeePee you are one “STONE COLD LADY DOG” and I will enjoy seeing your slow painfull death at Big Red’s hands after you fail

  • Abbi Orenstein

    those poor people

  • Tyler Griffin

    And yet… She has made a critical mistake, This really AUGHT to be on the Evil Overlord’s list. You NEVER finish the action part of your plan ahead of the implementation stage. You Never design a plan which involves “Just waiting around for the timer to run out” and you NEVER stall on the completion while the heroes are still breathing.

    • Klaus

      Maybe they have a button they can press to complete the sacrifice early.

      • davefragments

        “They?” On no, “SHE” is the only one to have that button.
        I seriously don’t think that Sircea considers Duncan her equal but he (like a true man following his dick) does think they are partners.

        • Klaus

          If he had been following his dick, he would be with Kyle now. But it would be strange if one so old and so powerful regarded anyone not like herself as an equal.

          • davefragments

            There’s a rather rude phrase I heard long ago that I won’t use online. However, it refers to a man who is led around by his girlfriend like a panting little puppy dog. Let’s just leave that image float there without getting vulgar.
            Duncan realized this when he took Kyle to be and in his monologue to Kyle after the fire portal closed. Duncan realized just how open and trusting Kyle could be and what sort of life he could have but he chose to return to Sircea and immortality.
            Therein lies a great dilemma of life.

    • I still maintain that the timer is fake. Something to distract any “heroes” that should come calling and try to disrupt the plan. It is something I would do. Give the idiots the false sense that they have time to stop anything. Let them think that they can actually stop it. Then bathe in their despair when they realize they are fu*ked. Tears of Thy Enemy is one of the best conditioners for hair.

    • davefragments

      I checked back to previous pages to see what time was on the clock over the “sacrifices.” It was in the thirty-some minutes when TYPs landed nearby.
      I really do wonder why it has so much time on the clock and like DokiDokiBaka below, I wonder if that is a lie, or that she has deliberately left that much time, or it is a lie.

    • timemonkey

      But this is magic, so parts may be time sensitive and must be completed at certain times.

      • Tyler Griffin

        No no, none of THAT. She is up there BRAGGING about having had DECADES to plan this. She gets no slack for this oversight.

        • davefragments

          I have a bet for you — How many pages will it take before she has the “Aw rats, I forgot about that!” or the “Aw rats, I missed that loophole!” moment. I say 25 pages if not 30.

          • timemonkey

            Aaaaand safe to say you lost that bet. XD

  • Aaron Alexander Young

    All I can think this whole time, while watching the platinum priestess, is the following; “No capes!”

  • Who needs the ring? Here’s hoping Laampy will tear his way in through the “tattoo” on that bastard’s arm.

    • Tahir Raines

      lol I thought you were going to mention Laampy tearing through another type of ring (i.e. Anni’s hole) instead of the tattoo

      • Alan Michael Williams

        Oh, god. That’s a bara scene I never want to see.

      • EVEN BETTER!!!!!!

  • Klaus

    The question is: which song is PP about to burst into? My guess: I’m gonna live forever.

    • davefragments

      Fame, I’m gonna live forever!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-aM3BT8qHg
      Well that’s kinda lame dancing. Here’s the original:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yDrLZTgs08

      • Klaus

        “I’m gonna make it to heaven
        Light up the sky like a flame.”

        She might get some help with the latter.

        • davefragments

          Do you know that the concept of lighting the sky in one big burst in the concept of the final song of PIPPEN (another Broadway musical, which by chance, I saw when Ben Vereen played the narrator. It’s about Charlemagne’s sons)

    • SofiaT

      Duncan gets Princes of the Universe.
      And then he gets Who Wants to Live Forever, because he can’t make up his mind.

      It’s definitely Queen for him though.

  • LOL, you guys this list is so hilariously accurate! Your OTP, which type of shipping do you belong to?

    http://xxxxredxxxxcatxxxx.tumblr.com/post/113478439838/the-many-forms-of-shipping

    • ……still kind of curious how the last one even works….

      • purplefoxglove

        Maybe it can be “canon” because it happened in form of, let’s say, a steamy date in a warehouse, but now it is “never-gonna-be-canon(-anymore)” because said date ended in hell, and one of the two decided that wasn’t enough and now wants to create a literal hell on earth?

        *still hopelessly in denial and wanting for Duncan to redeem himself, although there are basically no chances for that one happening*

        • Or maybe it is like in HnG, a relationship canon enough that others seem aware of it, but is never actually confirmed in the story line?

          OH!!! One anime where the last one can DEFINITELY apply. Being both canon and not canon! Free! Especially as there are multiple pairings that are both canon and then not so canon. …..The ship wars over that one…Though I still think it is a Haru harem, with lesser pairings within it.

  • davefragments

    Duncan reminds me of HE-MAN and Sircea reminds me of Evil-Lynn.
    It’s the wielding of the Sword of Greyskull that does it. With Kyle, Duncan was all “I have the Power” and with Sircea, he always seems like her little trained-monkey boy on leash.
    The metaphor collapses because Amanda is not She-ra and Kyle is not Man at Arms. However, Duncan still reminds me of an impotent He-Man.
    thus – –
    It seems to me that whenever Duncan is with Kyle, he has swagger. However, whenever he has a scene with Sircea, he always looks like a lost boy with a tiny dingy who keeps trying to cross his legs and hide that fact.
    Sircea certainly doesn’t give him a chance to bet too bold and hold his head high. At least she didn’t in that charming encounter they had back a number of pages when Duncan sat staring at the cube and pondering becoming king of North America with Laampros and his demon horde rampaging everywhere else. Sircea really kinda chopped off Duncan manhood beaches and thoughts about Kyle and an idea that possibly Spooky might be able to help.

    • Maus Merryjest

      Impotent He-Man…. that would be Skeletor!

      • davefragments

        IF I may be permitted an aside – – I always thought the cartoon Skeletor was a little to cartoony and over the top. However, in the movie (which is one of the great eye-rolling disasters of all time) Frank Langella was spectacular under the mask he had to wear. Langella is one of the highlights of the film and there are very few highlights in that film.

        • Masters of the Universe?

          • davefragments

            oh yes. The cartoon show was on TV lots and I used to catch it when I wasn’t running around to take family somewhere. The movie “Masters of the Universe” with Dolph Lundgren, Meg Foster, Billy Barty, Jon Cypher, Courtney Cox, Frank Langella and others was almost not made and then the financing company ripped the money away and parts of it were finished in warehouses with fog machines and not even green screens. It was over budget to be fair and had three more days to film when Cannon yanked it’s chain hard and ended it. Watching the movie makes one wonder what the acting didn’t lack. . . I mean to say that they actually planned to have Dolph Lungren’s voice dubbed to remove the accent but then ran out of money. . . Certainly his acting ability w… – – well I’ll stop and leave it to your imagination. . . Plus the critics had a field day of romp and stomp nasty thanks to Dolph Lungren’s Academy Award portrayal of He-Man raising the sword of Eternia and screaming “I have the power”… Little boys everywhere fainted (HAH!)
            Evil-Lynn’s Breastplate was so big that it left bruises. (I’ll be nice and not make a remark).
            Cannon Films wanted a Spiderman movie but ended up with HeMan. This was one of three movies that put them out of business. LIFE-FORCE was another.
            Did you know there are HeMan toys and (editorially) they give kids nightmares.

            But I’ve indulged myself enough today or to quote: “I’m not in the giving mood this day” Skeletor says.

          • Guest

            BTW – the other night I referred to a time when I posted “Dave Craps on a Movie” for friends. This is a tame version of what those posts looked and read like.

          • davefragments

            Aw rats, somedays I can stupidly mess up the simplest of tasks.

        • Tyler Griffin

          HEY! I LIKE that movie! But then I like it BECAUSE it is so horrifically aweful. It’s one of those films that are so bad they managed to come full circle and be enjoyable to watch in order to bask in the cheesy, over the top, godawful 70s-80s glory that it is.

          • davefragments

            I enjoy it, sort of. I mean I laugh at Lundgren and Billy Barty shrieking all the time brings tears of pain to my eyes… I watch Langella closely because Langella snuck all sorts of fun quotes and paraphrases in his speeches.

    • Well with Kyle he can be the big guy on campus because Kyle doesn’t have the experience to either gain say Duncan or push him out of the way and take the lead. So I suppose that would make him Prince Adam?

      • davefragments

        Kyle just needs a little confidence and he’s getting it — bit by painful bit.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      That is a great analogy, and immediately made my nerdboy brain concoct a vignette set somewhere towards the end of the story where circumstances have caused Annihilator and Red Hot to team up to save the world. Annilhator tries to take the lead, but Red Hot just goes, “No, you’ve already stuffed this up. We’ll follow *my* plan.”

      • davefragments

        I like that.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Gleepings. While wandering about the internet this Friday evening, I discovered a Kickstarter campaign for Brian Anderson’s ‘Stripling Warrior’ gay Mormon superhero comic. Which immediately made me facetiously think in acsii art thought bubbles: .oO( Gay superheroes. That couldn’t *possibly* have any overlap with the Young Protectors readership. )

    Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1366461100/stripling-warrior-the-worlds-first-gay-mormon-supe
    Linked article in Advocate with preview art: http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/geek/2015/04/09/photos-are-you-ready-worlds-first-gay-mormon-superhero

    First random thought: Yes, I did think: .oO( First Mormon Superhero? What about Orgasmo? )
    Second random thought: Err, does Sam remind anyone else of Kyle?

    • Yes he does a bit.

      It seems like it might be interesting sort of? I have to admit finding the falchion and dagger combination curious.

    • Alan Michael Williams

      Haha, thanks for pointing this out. I was once a gay Mormon, and the trouble with MoHo (“Mormon homosexual”) stories is they generally have a tiny natural audience. Anderson’s comic already seems to have some of that going on…..I mean, the nice angles/obvious sexualizing of the main character helps a bit, but still, already not sure if the art will be able to carry the story. (<-my two cents)

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Good points. In particular I will need to take time to read some of the samples of his previous stories to see how he handles plot and characterization.

        • Tyler Griffin

          The sample pages linked to kind of read as very forced and cheesy to me. Like the kind of camped up, bad stuff me and friends used to come up with at Youth studies at my church trying to make Christianity “fit” into modern pop culture

  • LOL god PP is scary LOL

  • Tyler Griffin

    So, this IS friday, right?

    • Yes yes it is! IT’S PAGE DAY IT’S PAGE DAY!!

      • Tyler Griffin

        Yay! I thought so, but I saw the lack of lively discussion and wasn’t sure

  • *crosses fingers for Mitch on the next page*

  • Cman65

    T’S PAGE DAY IT’S PAGE DAY but I have to go to work at 1-30 and will not see the update till after 11-00 tonight

  • syllibub

    Way late to the commenting party and I don’t want to rehash a bunch of observations that have already been made — but this page had me all *pinches bridge of nose* *explosive sigh*. There’s almost half an hour left on that timer, wife, so it seems a little early to be like, “Well that’s sorted, what else could possibly go wrong? Let me throw a little extra hubris in there, just to show fate I don’t give one single fuck. Did I say we’ll be GODS LOUDLY ENOUGH?”

    No way this could backfire.

    Anyway, hi, hello, hope everyone’s doing well!

    • syllibub

      (I am pleased at her forethought, though — and at the clarification re: her use of pet terms for Duncan, since after this page it’s pretty clear they’re meant in a more condescending than affectionate way. ‘Atta girl.)

      • You’re probably right about the condescending, but she could also be one of those who use a lot of terms for her frien- uhm, let’s go with acquintances.
        I know someone in US who use ‘darling’ a lot around her friends, and I think PP uses them both endearing but also waay so condescending when she wants to. It’s all about the tone 😉

        • syllibub

          Too right — and the truly skilled can skate on the exact edge between inflections, haha.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          “Associates,” maybe?

          • Yes, maybe better word. I’m not sure PP sees Anni as a friend even having known him for years.

    • Tyler Griffin

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels like she is gloating just a smidgeon to soon, I mean SERIOUSLY, doesn’t EVERYONE know that you should NEVER leave yourself with a half an hour of nothing to do but WAIT for the good guys to find their Tide Turner?

      • syllibub

        Exactly. Jesus, isn’t that one of the first things in the Villain Handbook? Did anyone else even read that?!

        • Tyler Griffin

          Especially after that line to D about how she’s had “DECADES” to make this thing foolproof. Although, that bit about having already finished the spell itself while everyone else involved still thought there was some casting to do was very smooth, nice bit of skullduggery on that

          • syllibub

            “Skullduggery” is an excellent word.

          • Tyler Griffin

            After having actually read Alex’s blurb though, I now actually DO want to see her break out into a little Happy Dance now while they’re waiting, I like the idea of PP as a character who doesn’t take herself TOO seriously. SHe is serious, DEADLY serious when the rubber is to the road, but when things aren’t quite so hairy, I think it’d be fun to see her let loose and demonstrate that at 6000+ years old, Girl still knows how to LIVE a little.

          • davefragments

            Everything’s Coming Up Roses!

          • syllibub

            Given how she messed around earlier, posing all dramatically against the Hostage Cube while taunting Duncan, it seems like she has the capacity to play around. I’m sure she has a very high opinion of herself and her abilities, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this whole costumed “supervillain” schtick was just amusing to her.

          • As in, she was bored one day and thought: What the heck, maybe I’ll steal that large red diamond from the museum. They’re not doing anything with it.

            I could totally see that.

          • Tyler Griffin

            And she DID seem to thouroughly enjoy making Kyle as uncomfortable as possible with that outfit change before their date.

          • Tyler Griffin

            The difference between a villain and a Super Villain, “Presentation!”

          • syllibub

            What a great line! Love that movie.

    • davefragments

      Pride goes before a fall.

  • davefragments

    I made it. How is everyone.
    Tonight was a long night of nothing but work. Last night was sleepless with the rain. Nothing bad happened. The bad things happened in other places.

    • Good evening, sir!

      I’ve been trying to play catch up on crocheting a shawl for my SIL (she and my brother are visiting on Sunday). As well trying to keep moving my writing project forward without being overwhelmed.

      Sigh. I want a spa day.

      • davefragments

        I know that feeling.

        • Sometimes I feel as if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. I decided to break the project down into a couple of volumes because the dang characters are such pains in my ass. 😐

          • MickSnyder

            I’ve not gone beyond 15,000 words in a story yet. Even at that length I break down and use an outline for each scene and character sketches for each character.

          • I can’t seem to write a short story to save my life. The last one was closing in on 200k words. Sigh. I suppose I can make the excuse it’s Fantasy Romance.

          • MickSnyder

            Right now, I have the shell of a story at 3000 words that is wrong and awful and garbage as it stands. I have a way to cure it but it requires so much concentration to create the way out and last week was Easter and family, Sunday is a symphony, tomorrow a friend visits, I have to get snow tires taken off — all of that takes from the deep concentration required to create the revision. I need the time to get into the story and then decompress from being it. And yes, the characters live in my mind. Which I think you will understand.
            So don’t feel alone. The only thing you can do is write. That’s the only scratch that relieves the itch.

          • Oh yeah, I can understand that. The characters are very much alive, poking at me and poking at me until I get the story told. But sometimes life does get in the way, which definitely complicates everything. Bah!

            I do have the first volume done. I think there are going to be three more. Plus a prequel. Ha!

          • MickSnyder

            That’s a lot. I wish you success.

          • Thanks! It’s a lot, but I thought it might be better to break the story down into shorter sections than have another huge volume to contend with.

          • davefragments

            I really messed up with those posts. I’m sorry. You weren’t supposed to ever see “Mick” and he wasn’t supposed to ever post here.

          • No worries. I can’t think of any way to fix it or I would offer the help. Should we blame disqus for it?

          • davefragments

            No blame me. That;s the disqus ID I use on political boards to hide me from them. So tomorrow I will change it and create another name to make political posts. Was afraid that someone from the political stuff would follow me back and get vindictive. After some of my fun posts here you can imagine what I do to political foes.

          • Uh oh! A troublemaker in our midst! But with it set on private should keep folks from following you about.

          • Guest

            I have. One person got through and I ended that mess but I”m much more careful now.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            …Did you mean to reply with this ID?

          • Guest

            No

          • stickfigurefairytales

            This has been a difficult night for you.

          • davefragments

            I’m giving up. I’m going to lay here in bed and whimper softly and quietly and watch for the new page. I should know better than to try too do too much too late.

          • I think you should just log off that account now, for the night 😉

          • They can’t follow you back since the account is private (unless you’ve let them follow you before you did that), so they can’t see where your comments are made. Yeah, otherwise the only thing you need it to change the username of the account and you’re good.

          • davefragments

            I fixed it. Both of those. The odd thing is that TYP’s implementation of Disqus will not completely delete a post. Other web sites will remove a post completely.

            Pardon me while I go soak my head on a warm bucket of shameful something.

          • The deletion issue is such a pain.

          • davefragments

            I give up. I’m not doing that silliness anymore. I’ve already tried too hard and messed up too much.

          • well it was a good conversation regardless. 🙂

          • davefragments

            Yes. It’s nice to talk to other writers. Thanks

          • It’s such a solitary (lonely) (crazy) thing, to write. It’s always nice to find others who experience it. 🙂

          • davefragments

            Aw rats, I can’t fix this. Just please forgive my dumbness tonight.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Best of luck, AJ!

          • Thanks!

            I’ve been trying to write this story for ages, but they weren’t ready for their story to be told. Then it changed on me and changed some more, so all that I wrote before, basically moot. If I look at the bright side, it allowed me to get to know these two pretty well.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Plus everything that you wrote before is now an official AU.

          • I suppose it is. 😀

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Phew! It was taking forever for Disqus to load for me here. I’m glad I got through!

    • Rotten disqus gremlins. Such a nasty breed. 🙂

      Good evening, Sticky!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Good evening! How are you doing?

        • Doing okay. 🙂 Just chilling while waiting for the page.

  • Terrell Penha

    hi everybody

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Terrell! How are you?

    • Hello.

    • Hello!

    • Tyler Griffin

      Hello Terrell!

    • Sapfo

      Hi there Terrell

  • In for camp but maybe I’ll leave again soon. Have a splitting headache (though it started as a migraine so it’s progress) so I’m not the most cheerful camper this night… I say sitting here surrounded by birds singing and a fog so thick I can hardly see the church that’s around 150 feet away from the window.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Oh no, poor Danish! I hope your headache goes away soon!

    • syllibub

      Sorry about your head — I hope you feel better quickly!

    • Morning Danish, I hope your head feels better soon!

    • Awww, headaches suck. Hope you feel better soon.

  • I know it won’t work this way since the portal way on Laampy’s side probably won’t be horizontal, but I still have this satifying image in m head that since the earthly portal has fallen – and over run with water – that the first thing that would happen when it opened is Laampy getting himself a ‘welcome shower’.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hahahaha!!

    • Tyler Griffin

      That would be hilarious. Have him rise from the portal, steaming as the water evaporates off of him,see the carnage wreeked, cock one eyebrow and just give the Devious Duo *the mother* look

      • syllibub

        “You had one job.”

      • The mother look! It’s a horrible weapon. I can feel that ‘stab’ just thinking about it.

  • syllibub

    Off-topic, but I wish companies wouldn’t advertise “free replacements!!!” if they’re just going to charge an arm, a leg, and assorted digits for shipping. Christ.

    • Get this item for free! Just pay $100 shipping and handling!!

      • syllibub

        Pretty much!

        • And then you get the package and the shipping was only $5 *rolls eyes*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Guess there was a lot of very intricate handling involved.

          • …..I am note sure if I want my things handled that intricately? (my mind went to a very dirty place *looks down in shame.)

          • *giggles*

          • I blame it on fanfictiion. It wasn’t my fault my mind went somewhere dirty, it is the fault of all the fanfiction I have been reading.

          • Ah yes, fanfics take over all references/ideas. I saw something today about PTSD on FB and all I could think about was Bucky. Everywhere I look, Bucky, Bucky, Bucky. I guess it’s a little like being in love.

          • Hmm… I don’t really read fanfiction, I just have a mind that belongs in the gutter in generel.. buuut *has good idea what could have gotten it even worse*

          • “I just have a mind that belongs in the gutter in general.” Love that! And it’s so true.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Haha, yeah, I tried to find a way to phrase that that wasn’t too dirty, but I think it’s hard to avoid.

          • syllibub

            And I didn’t even choose the “sensual massage” shipping option, so there’s no reason it should be so expensive.

          • “This isn’t what I ordered!”

  • Hey all. In for camping. Went for a walk, had coffee, read my allotted time, and cleaned a little. Trying to get more of a routine going for myself.

    And I worked on my novel, of course.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Yay, hi Gryph!!

      • Hi Stick! How are you?

        • stickfigurefairytales

          I’m doing well! Catsitting/housesitting again.

          • Is this the same cat?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            The same bunch of cats, yes! 🙂

          • Glad they like you!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I like them too!

          • The cat is sadly gone now, but I’ll be housesitting a week from now – with access to big tv and new movies and best of all, free laundry machine! 😀

          • Yay! Free laundry machine. The building I live in just upped their prices per wash/dry.

          • Sapfo

            <..>
            always free laundry 😉

          • You want to get a kick in your behind? >.>

          • Sapfo

            Oh you dont need to do that. ;D

          • It could help you start out with being more productive ;-p
            (I’ll try putting a good twist on it)

          • Sapfo

            I think dear lady wolf would get more enjoyment out of this then me? ;D

          • LOL!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Hooray!!

          • My d a cat peed on my bed and managed to get himself shut in my room the other day. -_-

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aw, not cool! 🙁

          • Yeah, he is still not back in my good graces. -_-

          • davefragments

            bad kitty, bad kitty

          • Very bad kitty, I chased him around the house for 5-10 minutes with the squirt bottle. He almost looked like he had just gotten out of the bath.

          • That is a fitting punishment for him, Doki.

          • davefragments

            I tried that when I had a dog. the ten pound little brat liked getting squirted with the water pistol.
            Curses, foiled again!

          • It works really well with cats….and Stitch

          • davefragments

            I am not a cat person, sorry about that.

          • How about Stitch? Are you a Stitch person?

          • davefragments

            What is “stitch”?

          • davefragments

            i knew that. At least now I remember that. My Nieces were too grown for them to make me get DVD’s of it and watch the movie. They were into the Ponies and several Muppet movies. Now they have kids that are teenagers of their own. However, I do remember it.

    • Good evening, Gryphon!

      • Good evening, AJ. I read your comments below about your story with interest. I won’t start a story until the characters are poking at me. That means I’ll be able to stick with them for the friggin’ long time it takes me to write the story down.

        • Problem for me is sometimes they poke and sometimes they flip me off and run away laughing. That I also have side characters (a whole world of them!) they sometimes like to poke me with a quick idea and suddenly it’s SQUIRREL. Granted I just jot the idea down and then return because those characters like to run off too or change their mind.

          But these two I think finally made up their mind. Which is about time considering I’ve been trying to write this story from four books ago. 😐

          • Mine can be flighty too. Sometimes characters show up as minor and then start taking up all this stage time. They interact meaningfully with the protagonist and other main characters and I can’t figure what’s going on since it feels like the story is being derailed. It always turns out that they have their own story which means a side story, novella, or even a sequel later.

          • Yup. The derail, I’m quite familiar with it. Which is always frustrating, especially when it’s several thousand words that need to be cut out to the point where the story left it’s tracks.

            I feel like I’ll be 100 before I get all these stories out.

          • Gawd. You just described me and my situation perfectly, AJ.

          • I bet it’s a common affliction for most writers. I’m surprised sometimes that I still have my hair. I once was so frustrated with my writing and feeling like I sucked I selected all and hit delete. I of course quickly undid it, but it felt kinda good for that brief second.

          • *eyes wide*

            Wow! I could never do that. I think I’d lose it if I did that. Or maybe it would be a sign that I was losing it.

          • I’ve often wondered where my mind has gone. 😛

            Well it was only for a second mind you and I was really really frustrated. I had already started that story over. But that was four/five books ago.

          • syllibub

            Sometimes it’s nice to keep physical copies of drafts, so you can burn them in a blaze of catharsis later. >:D

          • Oooh! I like that idea. I may have to implement that sometime. Especially at a really low point of feeling the suckage.

          • Agree! A winning strategy for sure.

    • Sapfo

      Good morning Gryphon!

      I see you been busy. Me, I got out of bed, put on some clothes and sat of the sofa….. Not so prodoctive XD

      • I’m trying. I gotta get back into a productive routine before we leave.

        • Sapfo

          Me to. Been way to lazy the last few weeks.

          • I need serious grounding. Work stuff has really thrown me for a loop though things are getting better. Glad I have the energy and focus to camp tonight. Feels good.

          • Sapfo

            I am happy to have you here GG.
            And I do hope work will not be nagging me when we are on the trip. It does become to much sometimes

          • I hope not either!

            My mom gave me some extra money and told me to buy a new camera for the trip. She wants me to take a ton of pictures. It’s nice that she likes them so much.

          • Sapfo

            Nice mom <3

          • IKR? I was shocked and tried to give it back but she wouldn’t hear of it. I’m lucky.

            Hopefully, this new camera will give us some great pictures to share with everybody 😀

          • Sapfo

            Yes, I hope so. Lot´s of lovely things to see.

          • LOTS and LOTS of Pics!!!

          • I will do my best which is why I want this camera to arrive NOW so I can start getting used to it. It was supposed to come today.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’m happy you’re here, too! Also, best of luck with the work stuff.

          • Thanks, Stick. Much appreciated.

      • Morning Sapfo sweet

        • Sapfo

          Morning dear Doki.

  • syllibub

    I wonder if Sircea will magic her fancy-tier costume back in order before Laampros shows up. Gotta impress that demon royalty.

    (I’m still taken aback how nonchalant she’s being about those burns, too.)

    • She probably has pretty thick skin after all these years. Who knows, she may have even been burnt at the stake at some point so a few burns are nothing compared to that?

      • syllibub

        Maybe so! I guess you acquire a tolerance, or she might still be benefiting from the adrenaline rush from the fight.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Or she’s like a honey badger and is just too tough and too badass to even care.

        • Sheesh.. a little burn to ruin her good mood after seeing heroes bite the dust? Naah. She has sacrifices to do, a goddess status in sight.
          Being a bit flambeed.. that’s nothing.

          • syllibub

            Haha!

        • Adrenaline the ultimate pain killer!

      • davefragments

        She certainly doesn’t seem to be in pain of those burns and burns do nothing but hurt.

        • Nope, I don’t sense any pain from her, at least not after that initial: “Ahhhh!”

      • This makes complete sense to me, as does the honey badger observation.

        • Honey badger don’t give a shit! 😀

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Honey badger just takes…what it wants.

          • I love that video.

            (just placing this here lol) https://youtu.be/4r7wHMg5Yjg?list=PL3DE2AFC29A046AD0

          • syllibub

            “How disgusting.”

            I actually hadn’t seen the video before — I knew the “Honey Badger don’t give a shit” line but never bothered to look it up.

          • That video and the others, if you ever just need to laugh, that’s a good place to go.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Me too! 😀

  • I will agree with Doki’s observation that Sircea looks soft in these panels and very pet-able though I wouldn’t attempt to either.

    So it feels like one or more of our heroes will wake up and try to stop them. Any idea who that might be? Or maybe more than one person?

    • syllibub

      We haven’t seen Spooky or Mitch for a while, so if anyone were to unexpectedly pop up again I’d think it would be one of them. Then again, they were both pretty seriously injured, so who knows. If Team Silver Fox isn’t holding the Idiot Ball, they’ll restrain the heroes right away before they regain consciousness.

      • davefragments

        I think a great scene would be Mitch throwing something really big and Laampros catching it and tossing it back. That would be an impressive scene.

        • syllibub

          It would definitely emphasize Laampros’ power.

        • I LOVE this idea! As long as he doesn’t get even more hurt, of course.

        • fujoshifanatic

          While that would be an awesome scene, I think the likely person to “come back” the quickest would be Spooky, since he has healing powers that he can (presumably) use on himself. Though he saved Mitch’s life, Flyboy/Mitch was still badly hurt from that fall (according to Adam’s script), so I think it might be a while before he can bounce back without Spooky laying some hands on him. :-

          • davefragments

            It’s a thought but I’m just waiting to see.

          • fujoshifanatic

            I know! I have maybe two fingers left that still have bitable nails, and I’m wearing them down quick! And while Sircea is deliciously evil even in her slightly charred state (which makes her even more badass), I am still anxious to see if and how she will get that smug look taken off her face. I think it would be especially fitting if Laampros is the one to do it, but we’ll see.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Although Spooky presumably can’t use his healing powers if he’s been knocked unconscious.

  • Sapfo

    Laundry waits for no man, and it seems it does not wait for me. So I guess I have to go and do that now D:

    • syllibub

      But at least it’s free, right?

      • Sapfo

        YES! It is free 😀

    • Come back?

      • Sapfo

        I will try, I kind of have a long list of things today D:

        • If you don’t, talk to you later.

          • Sapfo

            Yes, we will talk a lot 😀
            Have a good evening GG!

    • Shoot, and here I was about to say Good Morning!

      • Sapfo

        Oh you can say good morning anyway. Morning dear Admiral 😀

    • syllibub

      I have to bail pretty soon, too — it’s almost midnight and lately I’ve been turning into a pumpkin then.

      • So nice to see you, Syllibub!

        • syllibub

          You, too!

      • Sapfo

        Wife been up to making spells again?

        • syllibub

          I guess it’s another Cinderella reference — she seems to like those. But it’s not as clever as you think it is, Sircea.

          • Sapfo

            Have fun pumpkin!

          • syllibub

            You=strawberry, me=pumpkin…soon our comments section will represent all the food groups.

          • Sapfo

            And we are delicious 😀
            Now I really have to go. Bye you all good people.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Goodnight, syllibub!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Take care, Sapfo!

    • Soirbleu

      I hate laundry.

    • Adam Black

      it waits for me.

      I have piles of it you can come and do when you are done

  • For those interested EK is doing a livestream: https://picarto.tv/live/channel.php?watch=bigbigtruck

  • Page should be up in about 15 minutes. 🙂

  • Klaus

    We will soon get to vote on who is going to be in the nice or naughty milestone pin up. What about the guy in the brown hoodie in panel 4?

    • But first we’ll get a new Spooky story. Only about $50 away from that 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Nah, go with blond guy in the gray shirt who’s closest to the box wall.

      • davefragments

        Red head with mohawk and tattoos.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Oh, sure, go with the obvious choice.

          • davefragments

            Ooh, ex-cuse me!

            wink, wink

      • Why always a guy? I know this is a gay themed comic, and I really like the guys, but sometimes I think it could be really fun if Amanda or Sircei won a voting. Getting a kick-ass sexy pin-up with Amanda would actually be really cool 🙂

        • stickfigurefairytales

          That would be awesome!!

          • REBELION! Vote for the ‘dark horse’ xD

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I will follow your banner into battle!

          • As will I!!

        • Yes!

        • Klaus

          Why not the colonel?

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Oh, pfft. If we’re going for background characters and then for comedic effect pretend they have an equal chance as the named heroes and villains, then why are you sticking to the current page? I suggest the waiter at the Hong Kong restaurant back in chapter 1, page 24, panel 3.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Nah, I prefer the patron on page 25 of chapter 1, right-hand side of panel 4.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Or there’s always one of the robed minions.

  • Soirbleu

    Salut. I imagined I would be too late this evening.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      You made it just in time! Welcome!

      • Soirbleu

        Thanks!

    • Hello! Indeed just in time. 🙂

      • Soirbleu

        Good evening! 🙂

  • Soirbleu

    I feel like such a wallflower at this party. Like, I feel like I know everyone and get delighted when I see certain people commenting, but I’m always too tired to say much… it’s weird.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Well, I hope you always feel free to join in when you’re up for it!

      • Soirbleu

        Thank you so much!!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          🙂

    • Yes, do join in when you feel like it! We’d love to get to know you.

    • Adam Black

      Wow, that is weird. It sounds like someone cast a spell on you,
      Mute magic?
      or -8 charisma rolls?

      Clearly someone here is a witch.

      we are going to have to throw some ladies in a lake and see who floats and who sinks.

      • Soirbleu

        Your comment made me laugh so hard! 😀
        As a typically charisma-based character, -8 seriously made me wince! OUCH! Although, that is what it seems like sometimes lately. “oh, gosh, I’m just too shy to comment!” Which is really unusual for me. But as a Witch myself, I think you should hold off on drowning anyone…I might get drenched. 😉
        …maybe it’s just the residual magic from Sircea floating around???

  • davefragments
  • Ugwump

    So the hostages hands are tied in front of them, and they haven’t pulled of the tape on their mouths or untied each other. Is there magic keeping them from getting loose?

    • Klaus

      I have been wondering the same thing. But threats would work as well as magic.

  • Kabbalist

    Well, for someone with second degree burns on most of the outside of her right arm, the Platinum Priestess is certainly looking smug. Then again, why shouldn’t she? She’s done perhaps one of the most genre-savvy things I’ve seen a supervillain do lately: Get the actual spellcasting out of the way with time to spare before the heroes even showed up on the scene, rather than trying to time the completion of the ritual with the clock reaching zero. That way, the important-looking ritual trappings and acolytes can serve as shiny distractions to keep the heroes guessing. It doesn’t matter how much of a mess the heroes have made, as long as the sacrifice still goes off as planned. In a way, she’s using the same tactic as the Commander was: occupy the enemy long enough for reinforcements to arrive.