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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 64

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  • davefragments

    Not long now. They are getting down to the essence of the matter.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Dang it! Congratulations, Dave.

      • davefragments

        thanks

  • silibub

    Hmm!

  • Jeez, my heart! o_o That fanart (which was destracting me, and I mentioned on previous page just as this updated xD)

    • purplefoxglove

      Suddenly, I feel guilty…

  • Sapfo

    Oh goodness of my heart!

  • Bah! I say. BAH!

  • silibub

    She looks so…reassured.

    • Doesn’t she. Such relief is in her eyes. 😀

      • SofiaT

        I think this is the first time I’ve seen Sircea wearing a “WTF?” expression.

        • silibub

          I’m very glad Duncan’s not letting her browbeat him completely, but I’m also glad she’s onto him. You know, now that I’ve adjusted to the contentiousness of this scene, I’m enjoying watching them play mind games with each other a lot more than if they were being villainy BFFs.

          • SofiaT

            It’s lovely to see two “friends” who don’t trust each other. At. All.

            Very promising alliance.

          • silibub

            By their powers combined, in perfect harmony, they’ll pull off this scheme with nary a hitch. The Protectors will take one look at this scene and be like “On second thought, they have this shit on lock. Let’s just hunker down in the base and have a Mario Kart tournament until this all blows over.”

          • SofiaT

            They do inspire such confidence.

          • Steven K.

            Well, if that was a mind game, Duncan just forfeited.

          • SofiaT

            …or did he?

          • Steven K.

            I guess we don’t know, really – but must be difficult for him (given his pridefulness) to roll over like that (even if only overtly at least) without some kind of face-saving rejoinder after she’s just shamed the f*** out of him.

          • SofiaT

            Little kids throw tantrums and yell when they are angry or humiliated.

            Super-villains smile a smile full of teeth and secretly plot revenge instead.

          • Steven K.

            Well, what Sircea just did for the last umteen pages, while not being a tantrum exactly, was something akin to that – a kind of melodramatic expostulation at least. Maybe Duncan is too suave to respond in kind.

          • silibub

            I think he wants it to seem that way — or at least cede just enough ground that Sircea feels uneasy, but still locked into continuing forward with their current plan (instead of, say, eliminating him and doing her own thing). I think that even if she has backup plans, she really wants to go forward with this one, and she might risk it even if she’s suspicious of Duncan now. And then he might pull some sort of counter-maneuver.

            (It might have just occurred to him that Kyle’s team must be looking for them, for instance, and he’s thinking he could do something with that. I don’t know, lots of possibilities! But I wouldn’t count him out just yet.)

        • Ha! Definitely “WTF?”. He does look like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth.

        • SSF

          I love it. It looks like she was expecting a bigger fight and didn’t mind busting his chops for hours LOL

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I bet he totally means that completely sincerely.

  • Don’t they just make the cutest couple?

    • silibub

      Totally adorable. OTP. I am being as sincere as Duncan right now when I say I hope and pray they’ll be an endgame pairing.

  • SofiaT

    Um… ok, now who is playing whom?
    I’m confused.

    • silibub

      Maybe he just had a brainwave. Look out, he’s about to do some scheming!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Plus I’m pretty sure this is the best response he could have chosen if he wanted to unsettle Sircea in return.

        • silibub

          Absolutely! Golf claps all around for this maneuver.

          • Looks like he’s fighting back for valedictorian of Supervillain U.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Still, Sircea founded that university.

          • She set the bar high?

    • mogoskier

      There supervillans, they are playing with everyone

  • Sapfo

    Why does it look like PP dont belive him in the last panel?

    • She doesn’t does she? Just wait until the gang shows up… *tension music*

      • Sapfo

        Well I am slipping of to sleep now. So please keep the music down.
        Darn teenagers! Allways with their dramatic scenes and Tensions music.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Good night! We promise to get off your lawn, too.

        • I suppose we could turn the music down

          • *blares sport anime tension music* nope…

          • That’s what I thought.

          • Watches the Toudou / Makishima race at full volume… definately not turning down… 😉

          • Play that funky music…

  • SofiaT

    So, we’re seeing what’s in the glass case next update? YAY!!

    • Steven K.

      I don’t think there is anything in there YET – I think it is there to eventually CONTAIN something to be brought in by the rest of the apparatus (after or while the ritual is being performed).

  • stickfigurefairytales

    That one minion doesn’t have his hood up – I wonder if he’s higher in rank than the others or if he just got hot wearing all that wool on a sunny day.

    • I guess they felt is safe returning to work.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Minions have to strike such a delicate balance over incurring their bosses’ wrath for not getting things done versus being in their bosses’ line of sight when they’re angry.

        • Carl was slow to learn that lesson. The rest have been so stressed over it they’ve all lost their hair.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            *shakes head* Poor Carl…

          • Some of the minions have put up a small memorial behind the Laampy gate. Shhhh, pass it on.

          • silibub

            Alas, Carl, we hardly knew ye.

          • He was a swell guy, just suffering a really really bad stroke of bad timing.

          • davefragments

            Remember, bald men need sunblock on that head. Blisters are not fun circling the dome.

          • I wonder if there is a special sunblock for minions. SPF Evil 30

  • Stubbylegs

    Either he isn’t even trying to hide the fact that he’s playing her, or he just really sucks at hiding it. If he is being genuine, he is a bigger patsy than I thought.

  • Every time I see that ring my inner nerd goes “It’s a stargate!”
    …I kinda wish it was. XD

  • Terri Sutton

    My only thought so far is;

    Duncan is one sarcastic SOB.

    • SofiaT

      He’s a smooth operator.

      • *ahem*
        You’ve been hit by, you’ve been struck by, a smooth criminal.
        Dun dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun, OW!

        • SofiaT

          Different songs but yeah, that one works too 😀

          • One song leads to another, and all…I’m tired, sorry lol

  • mogoskier

    I love PP face in the last panel, it just says bitch I know when I’m being played.

    • Terri Sutton

      It either that or the; “don’t you dare get sassy with me Mister” face.

  • …How does she get her hair to do that…
    Alex! Give me her villainous hair treatment plan!

    • Terri Sutton

      Step 1: Make small children cry, collect their tears.

      • mogoskier

        Small children or small people because I have both in abundance.

        • Terri Sutton

          It use to be virgins but they are so thin on the ground these days.

          • Ah, well, I’m in an art school.
            Virigins, virgins everywhere…
            (I feel so mean now sorry guys)

          • Terri Sutton

            I thought all of the virgins would gather at the computer courses.

          • Lol, well, we’re 3D artists. So we’re at computers all day. That count?

          • Nerds and Geeks are hot. 😀

    • Steven K.

      I’m sure it’s Systeme Biolage.

  • silibub

    Not to beat this relationship speculation into the ground, but I find Duncan’s use of “unattractive” interesting and suggestive.

    • SofiaT

      Hm… you mean it hints to the nature of their relationship?

      • silibub

        It could, given the way Duncan emphasizes it, or at least it might provide some insight into Sircea’s sensibilities. Brooding isn’t appealing to her — expressions of doubt, self-directed or otherwise, offend her as someone who wants to execute her plans and not look back. That kind of thing.

  • karmakat

    manipulative b…h

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Are you referring to Duncan now?

      • karmakat

        nope that that “lady” that i would love to slap silly

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  • These mood swings and changes in opinions, it’s like getting a whip lash from the flips. Even PP seems to feel that last one.

    So one last revelation before we leave this scene, eh? This should mean we get to know what’s in that box! Wohoo.

    Either that or the dark horse option – we get some last revelation of their relationship in connection with each other by a tricksy Alex. My two main guesses.. but SO hope for the box.

    • We ought to take bets on what’s going to happen next. Cause I’m betting we’re going to get a (totally weird in a seeing-one’s-parents way) kiss and then we’re gonna switch scenes.

      • silibub

        Haha, it would be odd, but for me it would be weird mainly because if I were either of them, I wouldn’t want to be kissing the other right now.

        • You obviously don’t know how hot fights can be.

          • silibub

            Certain kinds of fights, although I’m not sure about this one!

          • Lol, well…I’m still putting my money there.

          • silibub

            And you know, I won’t exactly mind if you turn out to be right — whatever the nature of their relationship is, it’s clearly…pretty complex. Lots of games. Adding a sexual element would be another intriguing twist.

      • Klaus

        My entry to the sweepstake: the other key is in that box Duncan was thinking outside.

  • I must say that’s a hot piece of fan art!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Oh, very nice!!

      • Of course that strategic bubble is frustrating

        • purplefoxglove

          It’s the Unholy Soap Bubble Of Keeping The Fan Art Section PG 😉

    • Hot wet guy in a shower… uuhmmm.. I was gazing lovingly on this as the new page updated. That fanart was cheating and playing it unfair 😉

      • Yeah, that’s a guaranteed distraction.

        • Especially THAT kind of art. Usually I don’t look at fanart unless Alex tells there’s a new one up, but for some mysterious reason I clicked it on the previous page, right in the middle of intense high camping, and was met with fanart involving one of my biggest kinks.

          It was calling me, there’s no doubt in my mind ;D

      • purplefoxglove

        I shall keep that in mind in case I ever try to go virgin hunting 😉

        • Keep what in mind? You didn’t see anything here. You didn’t make my virgin hunter cryptonite. Not at all…
          <..>

          • purplefoxglove

            I’m thinking about drawing Gordon next…help me out here, what’s more suiting: him under the shower or him standing in the ocean, using his talent to play with the water? 😛

          • *Brain freeze*
            ….
            ….

            Uhm.. what? Uhh, I’ll go with ocean and water play ;D

          • purplefoxglove

            As you wish 🙂 It may take some time because I’ll be on a short holiday next week, but it should be finished in October.

          • Ocean play!!!

    • purplefoxglove

      Thanks! 🙂

  • PP: I make a glorious villain monologue, and the only reaction I get is THIS?

    … you really know how to take the fun out of things.

    • silibub

      Way to ruin it, Duncan. Good job.

    • davefragments

      It’s a rhetorical tool in a fight. You “throw in the towel” or “roll over and play dead” to gain an advantage because what is said next is hopefully devastating or proving your point.

    • Terri Sutton

      Sucking the fun out of a good villainous monologue; that’s villainous.

  • Evoru

    You know what would patch things up after that little spat?

    MAKEUP SEX.

    Wouldn’t it be lovely for our little Flamer to walk in on that?

    • SofiaT

      I thought the (imaginary) image of Duncan dying in Kyle’s arms hurt.
      I had no idea, till I got this mental image. *knife is twisted deeper*

      • silibub

        The idea of them having sex doesn’t really bother me (although I know you don’t like it!) but it would be too mean for Kyle to see that after everything else he’s been through…to him it would just be the final, ultimate betrayal to think Duncan lied about his sexuality on top of everything else.

        God, that’s depressing. Stopping that train of thought right now.

        • SofiaT

          I don’t like the two of them being involved that way for many reasons but yeah, it is Kyle’s reaction that I thought would be very ouch to watch.

          Ouch indeed. 🙁

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            In Chapter Two, page 48, Duncan tells Kyle: “You showed me a possibility of happiness I had always thought was beyond my grasp”

            That means he’s never been in love before, not even with PP.

            So yes, they could have sex, but he’s not in love with her, and from what he said, never has been.

          • DC

            I very much hope Duncan was speaking the truth, but I am not someone who trusts people easily, especially not ones like Duncan.

        • Klaus

          I think that unlikely. Duncan knew that Kyle would do research on him. So he would not have claimed that he was gay and didn’t care who knew if the research would show either to be untrue.

          • silibub

            That’s a good point, although there’s no guarantee that any relationship he might have with Sircea would be public knowledge.

    • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

      From the looks of them, he would be more likely to find her giving him makeup tips.

      • Klaus

        I can just see it. “You really ought to go light on the eyeliner, Duncan dear.”

  • Okay I just realized that I likened these two SUPERVILLAINS to parents.
    My snapping and going on a rampage one day is a very real concern.
    Carry on.

    • silibub

      Alex calls them “Mommy and Daddy” right in his note, so if you’re about to snap we might need to check in on him, too…

      • PFFT I hadn’t even noticed. Perhaps we’re related.

    • Terri Sutton

      I once caught myself referring Steve Rogers and Tony Stark as the mum and dad of the Avengers. I have since decreed to never examine my mental state to closely; the conclusions are rather depressing.

      • SofiaT

        And they got divorced in Civil War 😀

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_War_%28comics%29

        • Terri Sutton

          That doesn’t mean that they don’t love the Avengers anymore, it just means that they don’t love each other anymore. None of the Avengers were at fault, they are not being forced to chose between them.

          Have I missed any tropes?

          • SofiaT

            Actually, the whole point of the Civil War arc is about the Avengers choosing between Tony and Steven and their different ideas on whether they should reveal their true identities or not.

            But I loved your comment!

          • Terri Sutton

            I have actually gotten into arguments about the Civil War and why it is the perfect example of why “committee writing” shouldn’t be done with a side order of how the writers choose to depict Cap when he is in the wrong is typical of America’s relationship with their own history.

          • SofiaT

            You think so? I actually liked it -it was hard for me to take sides and that’s usually a good sign. I could see both Cap’s and Iron Man’s POVs.

            And following the events of The Invincible Iron Man, it turns out Cap wasn’t wrong.

          • Terri Sutton

            I have a lot of trouble following comics simply because I live in a rural area with any space in the newsagents dedicated to comics seem to be occupied by X-Men and Batman and are never supplied with anything considering consistently coupled with being unable to afford them.

            But reading Civil War to me was reading OOC moments to justify the plot with a smattering of author pot shots at other authors and descended to Godwin’s Law territory far too quickly for my liking.

      • If it makes you feel any better, after the first and only time I watched the Avengers, I described the movie as “Loki and Thor fighting about who was prettier, and finally the hulk coming in and winning with a ‘bitch I’m fabulous.'”

        • Terri Sutton

          Funny I walked away with Cap and Iron Man should just f*ck and get it over with. And it ended with Stark dating Banner.

  • Steven K.

    Piss. Duncan = wuss. We don’t even get a confirmation or denial from him of anything she’s spouted off about. So no insights for us either about his true feelings one way or the other.

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      She’s very dangerous. I’m sure he doesn’t want to antagonize her if he doesn’t have to.

      If he’s planning on stabbing her in the back, he’ll very careful about it. He probably doesn’t want to reveal his true inner feelings to her. So he’s not going to confirm or deny anything she said to him.

      • Steven K.

        Yeah – could be. I think Dave also proposed he’s using a rhetorical device like that.

      • David Welbourn

        He’s very dangerous too, don’t forget. I doubt he’s intimidated by anyone on the planet, including her, and he probably has some as-yet-unmentioned protections against magic. I’m almost certain he’ll have some sort of contingency plans in the event he ever has to fight her. (Not that I know what plans those would be.)

  • Dennis Grace

    I don’t think Duncan’s being a wuss. I think he just realized he needs to hide his concerns–and perhaps his intentions–from the Wicked Witch of the Periodic Table of
    Elements. I find platinum an interesting choice, BTW. Rare and beautiful, most of the adjectives applicable to platinum don’t seem to fit Sircea: malleable, dense, non-reactive (the least reactive of all metals, in fact). On the other hand, oxidized platinum is the blackest black known prior to the discovery of black holes. Platinum black absorbs all visible light.

    • TheManBehindTheCurtain

      Actually, humans have made an new, even blacker, material. I read this a little while ago:

      http://www.wired.com/2009/03/ultrablack/

    • Dennis Grace

      Okay, I stand corrected. Carbon nanotube bundles (end view) can absorb close to 99% of all visible light. Platinum black only absorbs 95%. Still pretty damned black. Not that any of Sircea’s costume shows any hint of oxidation.

    • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

      She probably picked it because it’s a higher level of album than gold.

  • David Welbourn

    ♫♫ Mystery Box… Are we ready for the Mystery Box… ?
    Will it be a dream? (ahhh) Or a dud? (ugh) ♫♫

  • december

    She smells a rat.

  • Toli Bera

    Why Dincan, such a sudden change. why am I doubting your sincerity?

  • I’m suddenly envisioning a scene much like in Return of the Jedi where Darth Vader tosses the Emperor into the pit of the Death Star.

    • SofiaT

      As long as this Darth Vader doesn’t die promptly afterwards, I’m good with this outcome.

      • There is that. Only problem is our DV seems to be dealing with two big bads.

        • SofiaT

          Throwing Laampros into a pit will probably not solve anything :0/

          • David Welbourn

            What about a mudpit? Naked Laampros mud wrestling might solve something.

          • Putting out his fiery hair?

          • It would solve something for me. >.<
            o:-)

          • Especially considering where he’s from. That and he can fly.

    • Fay onyx

      I think he is finally starting to question her leadership. He might be wondering if the thing that affected the other magic users might be affecting her after all or if she really is mentally balanced enough for her self-selected role. He doesn’t seem like the sort of person who apologizes as easily or fulsomely without an ulterior motive. Her reaction back that up. I think a genuine apology from him would look quite different. This is a we are working together (for now) apology.

      • SofiaT

        I’m not sure Duncan ever considered her to be the leader. He is not the kind of man who allows anyone to give him orders. Either he thought he was leading this, or he was considering it to be an equal partnership.

        Of course, with that lovely monologue, Sircea has made it obvious who she thinks is the top dog here -and Duncan will be on his guard now, if for no other reason, at least for this. He’s nobody’s Beta.

      • I would hope that he’s seeing that she’s slightly (ahem) off kilter mentally.

        As it is, that last panel, (of course our dear Alex is tricksie) there doesn’t look to be an ounce of sincerity on Duncan’s face.

        • Fay onyx

          Exactly! He is not sincere. I think this Darth Vader may be making his decision to change course, however the tossing into the pit willcome later.

          • Yes, very much. It should prove to be an interesting wait.

  • bandanajack

    that was too easy…

  • alex.

    you’re not that slick.

    😀

  • Nate

    Those of you thinking Duncan “wussed out”: Don’t forget… he IS a supervillain. He may very well be lulling Sircea into a false sense of complacency so he can have a “sudden and inevitable betrayal” later.

    The real question is: Is she arrogant enough to fall for it? After the last few pages, I suspect she may be.

    • Jac

      Given her expression in the last page, I think he may have to try a bit harder to convince her of his dedication.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Anni’s face in the last panel…I wonder if someone hasn’t figured out a way out of all of this and has decided to bide his time before putting that “Plan B” into motion? Will Sircea and Anni reveal more of the nature of their relationship? Will Sircea reveal how/why she’s 6000+ years old? And idid the minions have time to get something to eat during their impromptu break? Ugh, Saturday cannot come quickly enough; I need answers to (at least some of) my questions!

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      On page 60-61 she says: “I have ruled your kind…” I take that to mean that she’s not human. And would explain why she’s over 6000 years old.

      • SofiaT

        If she’s not hunan that leaves us with knowing what she’s not, not what she is.
        She could be a number of things. I think that’s what fujoshifanatic is saying.

        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          She reminds me of Laampros, my guess is that she’s some type of demon.
          She claims to have been originally immortal. I don’t think beings from this plane of existence are naturally immortal, unless she made a deal with a demon originally to gain immortality.
          We know so little about her that anything is possible.

  • AinsleyMcKellen

    K I know he’s lying. I can just see it in his 2D face.

  • TheManBehindTheCurtain

    Yes PP, I don’t believe him either, not even for a second.

    But,… he did get you to shut up for the moment.

  • Oh! The first panel where they stare each other down!.. *__* ♥
    So, he has decided to double-cross her. And she doesn’t believe him for a minute, does she?
    I’m so looking forward to Saturday’s revelation! =*__*= I hope we learn something about their relationship.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    And Alex swerves again.
    Okay, I’ll try to keep this short.

    I keep ragging on about Alex being tricksy, or writing for the story ambiguity that keeps the fans coming back for more. And that in turn has led me to try and throw out various ideas about what might be about to happen. But you know what? That seriously crimps boasting rights. I just went back through my previous comments, and found two occasions in the past few weeks when I raised the possibility that Annihilator would pretend to agree with the Priestess in preparation for asking Spooky for help. But they came in the middle of welter of other – usually contradictory – ideas about what might happen. And because I’m always too cowardly to commit to one option or another, I loose the option to gloat. Bah!, I say.

    But Duncan? One thing I’ve said before holds true. You seem to be running out of time. By all means, use your fast-talk skills on the Priestess, but you’d better get a move on with your preparations for your sudden but inevitable betrayal.

    • Lynda Depe-Taylor

      “sudden but inevitable betrayal”

      Extra points to the Firefly nod. I’m waiting for these two to have a fight like Wash’s toy dinosaurs, but that would not fair well for Anni…

  • Mann Ramblings

    Why do I want to see him head-butt her in the next panel?

  • I swear, if you reveal the secret behind Sircea’s hair, I will forever be grateful.

    • Jac

      It’s hand-styled by an artist every day.

      • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

        Little bluebirds flutter around her head, weaving her hair into place strand by strand while she sings happy songs.

        • Mirilali

          While silver doves coo in harmony with the songs and expertly place her headpiece.

        • Now that sounds like extremely dark magic indeed.

  • john Johnson

    Big bad caving is uncharacteristic! Maybe he just wants to end her rant?

  • Well, we knew he was just as shady as she is. This just proves it again. Common goal or not, this alliance is on thin ice in the middle of April.

  • Niggle

    I’m just amused how surprised and disappointed she looks in the last panel. hehe

  • Lindsey Amethyst Hampton

    The look on her face in the last panel is so much “I don’t know what you’re selling, but I know I don’t wanna buy it.” I give cats that look when they snuggle up to me after I’ve opened a can of salmon.

  • Pikinanou

    Oh you sly fox, despite your preferences, you sure know how to handle the ladies, especially those with god-complex 🙂

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    Next episode: that mysterious thing we couldn’t quite see is revealed to be a stage with a couple of electric guitars and a drum set.

    • Jac

      They’re gonna have a rock-off with a demon. Just like Tenacious D!

  • Jason Wexler

    If you want to outsmart someone smarter than you, use their inteligence against them. He’s going to double cross her by not doing anything out of the ordinary or unexpected, so when she implements her counter measure against his nonexistent betrayal it solves the problem in one fell swope.

    • Jac

      Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line! AHAHAHAHAHAHA-

    • Klaus

      “We will wait for the right moment, and when it comes, we will do nothing. That will confuse our enemies.” I don’t even remember the title of the book this came from.

  • Dark_Otter

    Sorry, but it’s too late. Any trust they had in each other is gone now. Advantage: Protectors.

  • Arthur Dent

    Very nice Fluke fan art. I’m slightly vexed, though, by the strategically placed soap bubble. 😉

  • Tuolu

    She better not trust him still… >_>

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Many years ago on a program called the X Files there was a saying “Trust no 1″……I think that applies here. As for the fan art ,that bubble doesn’t look big enough >:)

    • Arthur Dent

      Well yes, but that might depend upon, ahem, the angle of the dangle…

      • Wayne Lunkwitz

        Thank you soooo much Arthur…..I love that comment!

  • Shinashi

    Another revelation? *-*

    • davefragments

      “LUKE, I am your Father!”

  • davefragments

    I felt that there should be some form of celebration of the Autumnal Equinox in honor of PP’s advanced age. So I asked a friend if he had anything that might pass for ancient party games besides “hide the salami” and “my wife is yours”. . . My charge was “something that doesn’t require an orifice.

    So this learned friend actually found this. And I copied it shamelessly and boldfacedly (is that even a word or should I just have said chutzpah)

    “Philogelos is a compendium of jokes that were supposedly ancient at the time of its composition in fourth or fifth century Rome (although the date of compilation of Philogelos is disputed). Mary Beard has translated one of the jokes from the compilation:”

    THE JOKE: A guy from the numbskull village of Abdera sees a eunuch talking to a woman and asks another guy if she’s the eunuch’s wife. The second guy says, “Eunuchs don’t have wives.” And the first guy says, “Must be his daughter.”

    Happy 6000th b-day PP!

    • HA! Bravo. It’s so hard to find a good eunuch joke these days. Nice.

      I’m sure PP will squeal with delight at this present and you’ll be the recipient of many sorceress hugs. Although, being her favorite may not be a comfortable thing…

      Good job. 🙂

      • D. Garrett

        there is a chance she may have created the joke …

    • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

      The Stoic philosopher Chrysippus (3rd c. BC) saw a donkey eat his figs, asked its owner if he (the donkey) wanted some wine to wash them down with, then died laughing at his own joke.

  • Oh DAYUM! Bravo(a) Alex, Adam and Veronica. This is a swell page on so many levels.

    Okay, first I love the framing on page. The flow of images and the way they draw the eye is just great. That plus the rich color is just perfect.

    Erm… just gotta say that just when you think Duncan can’t get better looking… woof.

    P#1: Oh damn, I love this stare down. Her smugness, knowing she pushed a button or two and his look, which is classic, “I’m pissed and keeping my mouth closed until I get it together.”

    Let me just say the expressions on this page are all gorgeous. Every damn one. So expressive. So attractive. So emotional. This page deserves a gold star just for that alone. Beautiful sophisticated work.

    P#2: I love this line and this look. Of all the things I was imagining, a sophisticated calm response was not it. After the viciousness of the last couple of pages I was completely prepared for more crankiness. This sophistication throughout the rest of the page makes me LOVE Duncan more (yes I said it). Hats off to Alex for surprising us once again. Even in this small subtle way. I rarely get surprised in fiction and I truly value it when it happens.

    P#3: OH? It seems someone is surprised. Clearly, this was not the response Missy Sircea expected. I guess after 6,000 years you CAN get surprised. Clearly another reason she keeps Duncan around. LOVE IT.

    P#4: Oh lord that look. It’s just like some of those looks he gave Kyle on the DATE. Warning! Warning! So convincing and absolutely real. Yet that eyebrow and “my dear”. Okay absolutely anything might happen here. Someone may be getting a surprise trip to hell… Heh. And, yes, yet more handsome. Great!

    P#5: I love his slightly slinky smile as he turns on the David Niven charm. The line is just perfect! Him holding her hands like that is perfect. And look at her expression. She looks like she’s expecting him to pull her arms off at any minute. It’s just the perfect response.

    Alex, Adam and Veronica, this continues to be delightfully surprising and sophisticated. There really isn’t another comic I’ve found that twist and turns and dances around and always leaves me surprised and oh so curious for more. Thank you all!

  • Rae Goldberg

    … Why do I have a feeling Ani isn’t being entirely… umm what’s the word… pleasant? no… umm Sincere… yeah… Sincere in his words to PP… before he starts smiling at her, he looked more like he was gonna snap her in two… now he’s giving her the same devious flirtatious smile he gave Kyle on occasion… though in my Yaoi brain he was much more honest with Kyle… either way… I have this odd feeling that PP should be running right now…

  • Heh! The more I look at the last panel, the more I’m kinda reminded of a proposal scene. There’s even a fancy ring, even if it’s a little too big for a finger 😉

    • Most proposal scenes involving a groom should involve a ring that’s too big for a finger ;p

  • She IS right and Duncan knows it.
    Unless she’s lying, in which case we have to hope that he is, too.
    SUSPENSE!

  • TwoWayStar

    She doesn’t bele~ive you…

    Too late now Duncan, she has suspicions! :O Hopefully she’ll go back to thinking of herself at some point lol, that sneaky look in the last panel at her tells me you’re thinking something devious!

  • JM

    Man. I am so over the Platinum Priestess. She’s kind of a bitch. I can’t even like her – she’s so condescending to Duncan and really full of herself. Yes, she is a demi goddess of some sort and she’s hella powerful, but lady, take it down a notch before you trip over your enormous ego.

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    Okay, there is a big circular wreath-like thing. Let us call it the “Orifice.” Beside it there is what looks like a guard tower. For guarding the Orifice? Or maybe those are the VIP seats. It has what looks like a ladder and/or small elevator that doesn’t go all the way down, but terminates at a catwalk which is missing some of its floor pieces. Are these clues, or just stylistic flourishes?

    • I believe all of that is just the scaffolding.

    • D. Garrett

      reminds me of stargate and contact movies.

    • Klaus

      It certainly is no accident that the elvator or whatever ends in front of the opening. A platform for observing what is on the other side, for shooting through the gate or for jumping through.

  • Guest

    Here’s a screenshot of my Facebook wall from last night:

  • Wow…we are still on this conversation..yikes!

  • Cman65

    OOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhhh your deep in it now, he is being NICE. And when an old queen is nice he is planing something nasty

  • TwilightDreamer

    wow…and the smooth talking Duncan is back! Lol, I get the feeling PP wasn’t expecting THAT reaction…I should’ve seen him saying something like that 😛

  • Thank you for all new pages!!! I’m so sorry I was offline few weeks and now I saw how much I missed! Amazing pages, especially 56 and 63.;)

    That fanart, so hot! Just wonder why this bubble decided to stop exactly ~there~…

    I hope it is ok I to post this here:

    http://outrising.tumblr.com/post/91943439303

    I think it might be interesting for everyone who supports GLBT characters in the art and media.

  • WarGoddess

    Ahh, the silver tongue puts in its appearance yet again!!!! I have a feeling that he’s meaning far more than what he’s saying here. “I’m sorry I was acting that way but I’m tired of hearing you bitching and I’m really trying to think of a way to get out of this mess. I hate you and your ‘S’ face.”
    If anyone gets the “S” face reference, I shall give you a cookie of friendship. 😀

    • Guest

      <–

    • Brian Bomdiggity Fisher

      That wouldn’t be stank face by any chance?

  • Keneu

    Out to outsmart Maven… oops, I mean Sircea.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Okay, so try this on for size…
    On the last comments page I got a random inspiration from Jakk, and facetiously hypthosised that, you know, actually Annihilator has been compeletly on board with going ahead with the plan, and he was just taking five minutes of down time for some Hamlet-like angsting because no matter how necessary he thinks the plan is he still feels some guilt. However the Platinum Priestess didn’t quite grokk that point of view and so went into her lengthy sarcasm fest. In that scenario she made the Annihilator so angry that he turned on her. Ironically she would end up causing the very thing she was trying to prevent.

    So here we are again. Annihilator wants his five minutes of down time for some Hamlet-like angsting, and the Priestess misinterprets his intentions and does her sarcasm act. And he gets angry. I mean, come on, that bit about accusing the Annihilator of fantasising that Red Hot would craddle the Annihilator’s dying body and cry woobie tears over his death? That was a low blow. But the Annihilator bites back his anger, and apologieses, and says: you’re right and I’m wrong, let’s get this show on the road. And he means it. I mean, really and truly, he’s not faking it or planning on backstabbing her at all or anything. But she doesn’t believe him. And at some crucial point in the ritual that mistrust will make her delay, or make a mistep, or something, and the whole ritual will blow up in their faces. And ironically the Priestess will end up causing the very thing she was trying to prevent.

    No, I don’t believe it either. But it’s an amusing image.

    • Adam Irving

      Anytime you can draw a Hamlet association to a story, I’m all for it. 🙂

    • Oh! It would be so tragic!..
      Or not so tragic if the Platinum Priestess really isn’t bluffing about the ritual failing being but a minor setback for her plans of world domination and restoring her power. If so, when she would realize she spoiled the ritual, she might be angry and frustrated at first, but will soon be like ‘Oh, well’ and will probably even laugh about it reminiscing about it in a thousand years or so.
      Also, she would blame Duncan for everything anyway ^^
      So… The irony would be lost on her and the world will be hell. Still tragic. (I apologize for rambling^^)

  • huh…

  • A quick check in: Interesting page. I like how they’re facing each other down. Is it me or is Duncan about to turn the tables on our silver tongued mistress? What is going on in that man’s head? I’m never sure if what he’s showing on his face is truly what he’s thinking and feeling. He seemed regretful when he left Kyle in a bind last time they were together but was he really? He seems to be backing down now but is he? Maybe he was regretful with Kyle and is now having doubts but I’ll never take him face value.

    I love this quality about him.

    I have to go to yet another dinner gig on Friday so no camping D:
    (too many birthdays this week all fall on camping days). Will check in sometime on Saturday.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I hope you have fun on your dinner outing!

  • Derkins

    Is he… up to something? o.o or is it just me that thinks he’s seeming a little… sneaky there, in the 4th panel… after that stand off… >.>

    • Derkins

      *reads other comments* nope. not just me

  • Sapfo

    I see a happy little ding ding. Time fly by so fast.

    • So we do, so we do!

    • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

      That sounds so dirty.

  • Becky

    $2 says that the next page’s revelation will involve elderly supervillian makeouts! I’d bet more, but $2 is all I have in my wallet…

  • Random comment, but it made me come back to look at the page again.

    Just read newspaper here and the Red Hot 100 model book was mentioned, because it turns out the model who also has the front cover is a new Danish model – who was discovered just before the book was made, because of his hair, and quickly on the rise towards topmodel 🙂

    Anything that mentions the words Red Hot makes me think of Kyle now.

  • Klaus

    When Kyle is Duncan’s age, will he change his name to White Hot?

    • He-he ^^
      If he ever is Duncan’s age, if at-least-half-demons age like humans and he actually is “white” when he is Duncan’s age, if he doesn’t go completely bald by then, etc., then why not? It’s seems possible)

    • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

      Or Pattern Baldness Lukewarm?

  • Mathew Cole

    …..He’s lyyyyyyiiiiiiiingggggg…..

    Seriously: Duncan’s skill at lying seems to have deserted him. Were I Sircea, I’d be smelling a week-dead cobbler in his words. 😛

    • Oh indeed, quite possibly.

      But on the flip side. People with egos as big as Sircea’s leviathan, often have real trouble discerning truth and falsehood when people are telling them what they want to hear.

      Because the world is supposed to work according to their wishes right? It’s just meant to be…………

  • bronakopdin

    gosh, I mean I knew he had to give in and all… how could he not in this situation?

    but still… she’s cautious now, you see it in her face! Mischievous even…

    …. and about calling them “mom and dad”… oh seriously Alex!
    this disturbed me on many levels xD

    *wash away that image*

    • zunden

      If they’re Mom and Dad, who does that make Kyle…?

      • Steven K.

        Daddy’s little something-or-other.

        • zunden

          Daddy’s “special friend”?

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    Her height seems to fluctuate. In the first panel, she seems to be almost as tall as he. Their eyes are almost at the same level. In the last panel she’s a lot shorter, he towers over her.

    It may be because in the close-ups there isn’t room in the panel to show their height difference.

    • Klaus

      Or maybe the ground is not quite level. This is outdoors.

  • Ian Rocha

    I think there’s a plot twist coming. It’s not that Duncan’s lying skills have suddenly deserted him, it’s that he’s not planning on lying to her. He’s decided that two can play that game and is going to expound on how she’s COMPLETELY right and how they must stick to the plan, no matter what. Sure, the baby eating will be stomach turning, and the planet will never fully heal from the damage the demons will do while they’re here, but the chance to be alone for thousands of years is worth it! And I’m sure that the chances of Big Daddy discovering their true intentions and torturing them for all eternity as he assumes total control over the earth is positively negligible.

    • Oh! I really really like your theory. I think you’re probably right. I would love for it to happen.
      And then the revelation can be that this kind of conversation is their version of supervillainous banter and they actually tease each other like that regularly ^_^
      (My first impression of this page was that Duncan was lying badly and not convincing Sircea at all, but that seems strange because they are supposed to have known each other for quite some time, so he probably should be able to be more convincing if he is serious about trying to fool her.)

  • fucking not going to, sorry Alex, just mean that I-

    You’re apparently very gifted with “plot twists” so frankly I’m not going to ever again, particularly for this story but really any and all, ever again allow myself to have any expectations or whatever etc about what will happen-

    As yes, until this story, it has always been my experience that there are very definite meta structures that are maybe presently hard for me to articulate, whatever- such that I’ve always both felt I’ve known exactly how the story is flowing, for what reasons/purpose/direction/etc, and likewise, that has alway been the continuous experience…until you and this story…

    So now I really…not exactly refuse…but simply put as I think I expressed to you earlier when I said that I really appreciated how your “super heroes” and “super villians” seemed much more real than anything I’ve ever seen elsewhere that employs such ideas…

    Anyway, I suppose I should say that when a paradigm shifts for me in such a way, I actually shift backward/outwards/inwards/etc a shit ton of stuff:

    Case in point, I am now not just interest, nor unwilling, but actually utterly resistant to ever again buying into any story whatever etc any sort of “Oh well yeah…they are doing the ‘right’ thing for XYZ or ‘Hey those are the bad guys, and those are the good guys’ or even so nuanced as ‘I’ll feel good towards those ones and bad towards those ones” or “I would like to help those ones and not those ones”–

    I am pushing it so far as : I will no longer like or dislike any of these characters, their stories, anything about them, until NOT ONLY is the story utterly concluded in the public sphere, but moreover I will not allow myself to feel attachment or care or anything for any story period, until I have at least throughly examined the deep _-_ structures and the -_- meta – all that:

    As, I am finding, more and more, every fucking story that I have ever encountered on Earth actually appears to be not just fucking propaganda bullshit, moreover not just coercing or compelling

    • uh well the comment field suddenly became non-responsive:

      again, what I/we/us/whatever are noticing is that every fucking story on Earth actually seems to be much more than an effort to coerce/compel I/we/us/whatever to think a specific way-

      Worse, it’s all beginning to beginning to appear to be a very fucking sick/stupid/nasty effort to constrict and chain mind/etc towards very _-_ objectives/goals/etc.

      Funny thing is…I’m sort of all mind really…

      So up until pretty much now…I’ve really taken things as they were literally presented to me, and so my sense/feeling is that this binding/whatever bullshit _-peopel-_ are trying to do or whatever-

      Don’t think it actually had desired effect on me as now I’M TOTALLY just flipping out and ripping every last story whatever I’ve ever encountered to total shreds etc (not precisely as written but in that spirit/manner/etc) as I see suddenly and now, incredibly evil, sickness, bullshit, etc but like nothing I HAVE EVER really experienced or encountered ever really I think.

      Case in point, The Books of Magic.

      Read them a long time ago…was like “cool”

      Now I want to fucking kill everyone that was involved w/it because I suddenly realize “Holy fucking shit, this entire comic is beyond -_evil_-evil-_ as in the entire story as I have seen Tim Hunter the “good” magic user, destined to be “the greatest” whatever fucking bullshit-

      HE NEVER FUCKING ACTUALLY DOES ANYTHING

      waves his hands around sometimes…once or twice does something very specific like rebind a golem from its current master to him, but even there it’s never clear how and why he knows how to do that-

      And that’s the exact problem, in the Books of Magic, there are also “evil” magic users…however, it’s rarely clear what they’re doing either.

      Bottomline, there is no greater evil than the good that does not act of itself__or whatever…lots of ways to express it…

      So yeah…fucking Tim Hunter to us now is fucking an evil ass piece of shit we feel…

  • I wonder… could it be that Sircea is Kyle`s mother? 0_o

    • science

      They said that if Kyle had been straight, she would have seduced him instead.
      Then again, she’s an immortal with questionable morals. Still, ew ew ew ew.

      • Evoru

        So you’re saying she’s an immortal Lannister?

    • Terri Sutton

      I think Sircea is Duncan’s mother. But that’s just my personal theory.

      • zunden

        I don’t know. I can’t imagine calling my mother, “my dear”….

        • Steven K.

          I used to call my mother sweetie from time to time – was nothing sexual, of course, just affectionate.

          • zunden

            …Odd…. I’ve never met anyone who did that….(besides you)…

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        She could also be his grandmother or great grandmother, etc.

      • I wondered about that too, since a few pages ago… I just hope Kyle and Duncan are not maternal half-brothers.

    • Klaus

      I must retreact my earlier theory that she is the Devil’s great-grandmother. On further research, I have found that it is a well known fact that the Devil’s great-grandmother died from poor excuses. Sircea is very much alive. But who knows, maybe it will work on her too.

      • Oh. Now I wonder… Could Sircea be Laampros’s ancestor?..

  • Ellen Harman

    I give. I will be attending Nijicon in King of Prussia next month. At least on Saturday. Not sure I can stay over. Going just to meet Alex and Hamlet. Any one else going?

    • Yay! Looking forward to seeing you there! 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I hope you have a great time!

  • Missycurlylove

    It seem to me that Duncan’s moral rant was more like a test to see if the PP would really go through with it. Almost like giving her a chance to turn back. I have a theory that Duncan did not plan on going through with it all along but has a bigger maybe more complex plot to use the demons and the PP to strengthen the world walls. Which, would take out two dangerous megalomaniacs in one fell swoop.

  • Denise Cruz

    Ôoooohhh! Who’s being tricked right now?! o.Ô

  • BurstThrough

    Platinum Priestess uses “Bitch I’m fabulous!” followed swiftly by “there’s no turn back” and last another “Kyle punchline”!Did he fall?
    Annihilator uses the sarcasm techinique “Sure you’re right!” followed by a beautiful “Putting things in perspective!” CRIITCAL DAMAGE!!!
    Any second breath from the Platinum priestess?

  • Klaus

    Starfighter chapter 4 page 28 is up.

  • Kiri

    You keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. This seems to me to be the technique that both Anni and PP are using.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      That reminds me of this tumblr post:

      “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer

      like really, very close

      intimately close

      so close that you can feel your enemies breath on your neck

      and you shiver with hatred and… anticipation?

      turn around and look your deep into your enemies eyes, letting your
      gaze drag down to their lips, your eyes intense with desire. push your
      enemies up against the wall.

      make out with your enemies.

      your friends, who are still close, are super uncomfortable and kinda grossed out”

      • ^_^ I remember that post….

        …..I liked that post ^_^

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Hee hee, me too! ^_^

  • Acintyabedhabedhadasa

    Prediction: There’s an angel in the box.

    • Steven K.

      Hmmmm …… so we’ve heard about the “walls” between the earth and the hellish world, but not so much about those that might exist between the earth and the heavenly realms. The team could use someone like Castiel.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Now I’m just imagining Castiel standing there in the box with his arms crossed, glaring.

        • silibub

          Imagine if someone is in there, though — Sircea probably startled them when she started getting up close and theatrical with the box.

  • Good evening/morning/afternoon Campers!

    • Good evening/night Admiral!

    • silibub

      Bonjoor.

      • Helloooo!

      • SofiaT

        Just emailed you. Let me know when you get it 🙂

        • silibub

          Got it — you’re an angel! Thanks so much!

          • SofiaT

            Happy to be of service to you, ma’am.

    • Terri Sutton

      Afternoon Admiral.

    • SofiaT

      Just past noon for me! I was wondering where everyone was…

      • Me too! Finally got to sitdown.

      • Michael

        quarter to 2 where I am, just waiting for meat pies to finish cooking for lunch.

        I’m interested to see if PP accepts Anni’s apology as genuine, or calls his bluff on it.

        • SofiaT

          You’re in Oz then? 🙂

          I had leftover pizza for lunch and just killed a Murray river salted caramel ice-cream.

          I can claim that it’s my nerves for the update and Alex’s reveal that makes me eat, but the truth is I’m just being a glutton.

          • Michael

            Yep! Born and raised in the shadow of Corhanwarrabul.

            salted caramel ice cream sounds delicious, I’m jealous.

          • SofiaT

            It’s Connoisseur, you can find it at Coles or Woolies 😉

          • Michael

            Oh, yeah! Have you tried the choc-honey-nougat kind? Wow!

          • SofiaT

            Nope, only the caramel honey macadamia. It was ok but my favourites are the salted caramel vanilla with chocolate-covered hazelnuts and -if I’m in the mood for something simple- the Belgian chocolate one.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Mmm, those all sound amazing.

          • SofiaT

            They are!

            I have a vacation on a beautiful beach in Queensland coming up in 6 weeks, but if I continue eating like this my bikini won’t fit me. But it’s so hard to resist them, my precious…

          • Michael

            Come to Australia and try some 😛

          • stickfigurefairytales

            But all the venomous things will get me! Or the swooping birds.

          • SofiaT

            Yes, there is that. Although I’ve been here for almost 4 years now and nothing has bit me so far, so you may be safe for a short visit.

          • silibub

            But what’s the biggest spider you’ve seen?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            This is a very important question.

          • Michael

            Don’t worry, the big spiders are mostly friendly. It’s the tiny angry invisible ones you want to keep an eye on. 😉

          • silibub

            Oh good.

          • SofiaT

            LOL!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I know your tiny octopuses are super deadly, at any rate.

          • octopi

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’ve heard it both ways.

          • Michael

            octopodes is the scientifically correct plural (pus=foot, podes=feet), but any of the three are acceptable in common usage.

          • Michael

            Oh, gods yes (btw, how do you guys use italics in this thing?)

            A good rule of thumb in Oz is to never go anywhere where you cannot see all of your limbs. Murky water, leaf piles, tall grass… If you can’t see your foot in it, you can’t see what else is in it.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            You can use italics with regular html coding, just the text (except without the spaces, of course).

          • Michael

            thanks!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            😀

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I remember when I was reading this nonfiction book for kids called Venom, which is all about the various types of venomous creatures in the world, and over and over again it’d be like “____, the most deadly type of ____, is found in Australia.”

            Good book, though.

          • Michael

            Have you heard of the Gympie Gympie tree? One of the world’s moist venomous plants, and native to Australia. If you touch it, you will have excruciating pain for months, with no known cure or relief.

            One soldier committed suicide after using a Gympie Gympie leaf to wipe himself. D:

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I had to go look that up because I honestly could not tell if you were kidding. WTF, Australia?!

          • Michael

            A lot of Australia’s unique flora and fauna are like that. There are even still people who don’t belive in drop bears, can you believe it?

          • SofiaT

            The size of my fist. And it was on my second day here as well. Scared me to death.

          • silibub

            Nope. Nope nope nope.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’m with silibub on this one.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Phew!

          • Michael

            They mostly stay away from ice cream. Ever seen a fat bunyip? Didn’t think so. That’s why we eat ice cream so much, it deters them.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh good.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            That sounds delicious!

          • Oz!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Admiral!

  • Annannd

    I smell bullshit.

    • Terri Sutton

      And it smells strangely like the new cologne by Hugo Boss.

  • davefragments

    anyone camping? I’m halfway here for a while because Sweeney Todd is on “Live From Lincoln Center” . . . bloody good fun

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Dave!

      • davefragments

        hey

  • stickfigurefairytales

    It’s a pretty quiet camp at the moment.

    • silibub

      It is. I’m trying to wrangle some Animal Crossing trades…and I think I might have burned out my speculation muscle a little. I wonder if the next page will be the last in this scene, or if it’ll take another couple pages for it to wind down entirely.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        True. I think I feel the same way.

    • Busy weekend… trying to clean / do laundry ;p

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Aw, good luck! I need to do some cleaning myself.

      • *snuggles up to starr* I am cold….

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Poor Doki! Can I send you an internet blanket?

          • and tired….maybe sleep

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aw…go to sleep if you need to. Rest is important!

          • *sigh* might as well…Starr is ignoring me….and things are getting depressing for me…thinking about un-following a couple people on tumblr because they were complaining about the new SF page…and I am maybe thinking of giving up on the comment section there for awhile…some of the fanfics I am following for Hikaru no Go haven’t updated in awhile and one of them I am starting to worry about because the UA one was really good and deep and horrible and it left off on a cliff hanger….my precious babies are in limbo!!!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Not fun, love. *hugs you*

    • davefragments

      yes, very quiet. It was a food shopping day, A three stories published day, and I still can’t adjust that damn new thermostat to keep the house warm.

    • Sapfo

      BU! (★^O^★)

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Hi Sapfo!!

        • Sapfo

          You not scared? ^_^

          • stickfigurefairytales

            But you looked so friendly jumping out with your star hands! Like a cute little ghost.

          • Sapfo

            *Blushing*
            (*^^*)

      • Morning Miss Sapfo!

      • No ghosty comments you! I haven’t had anything *yet* tonight although I am watching HQ!! again…

        • Sapfo

          But I am a friendly ghost…. promessisies

          • davefragments

            No ghost is ever friendly.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            What about Casper?

          • davefragments

            He might be friendly but his ghostly buddies aren’t.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Well yeah, they’re dicks.

          • ….They aren’t so bad, just get that ghoul Crittenden off there backs, and they are practically sweethearts!

          • Sapfo

            I thought he was a stalker o.O

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw92JIkHbMo

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Live action Casper is a different matter – he doesn’t have the “friendly” part specifically in his name.

          • My experience last night was just… odd. It felt familar and not too scary, just weird.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            What happened?

    • I gots new yarn. 😀

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Awesome! What color is it?

        • There’s a burgundy, a coffee brown, and a yellow. Oh and a lighter brown. Still just getting my bearings with crocheting so, it’s all for play.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Nice!

          • I do think I know what I’m going to make for the family for xmas. Which is nerve wracking. Gotta figure out time management and how much yarn those projects will take. O.O

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Good luck with it!

          • Thanks!

          • Sapfo

            Excellent!

          • There are so many colors to play with. It sometimes causes my brain to freeze with what to do with it all. 😀

          • Sapfo

            My brain never freezes up, it´s more like: “I want to do this and this and this ……” XD
            I got one more thing I wanted to during the night XXDD

          • That too! I’m having to make myself just do one thing at a time. Well I’m doing three things at a time, but little bits of each. O.O But there is just so much I want to try, but… okay, yeah there goes the brain freezing again.

          • Sapfo

            the problem is finding time to finish it all. Takes time

          • Yup. Which is where my concern comes for attempting xmas gifts. How much time for a hat, how much time for a shawl. All the while working on roasting coffee and writing. 😐

          • SofiaT

            I’ll be home in 12 weeks and 6 days (but who’s counting?) and I’ve only bought one xmas gift so far: The Ring of the Nimbelung for my brother in law. https://locustmoon.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/the-ring-of-the-nibelung-cover-by-p-craig-russell-480×717.jpg

          • I was always a last minute shopper. (Procrastinators Unite!) I’m biting my nails here (well not really, but the sentiments the same) with the thought of making gifts.

          • Sapfo

            I know!
            Work, school, trying to be social. Phu! It is draining.

          • Yup! All of it.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’d like to learn how to crochet sometime, I think.

          • It’s actually been pretty easy. There are a lot of tutorials on youtube. That’s how I’ve been learning. Plus I found things through Tumblr. I have lots of booksmarks of all sorts of how to’s. Things that catch my eye, things that I want to learn.

      • New yarn = newly nude sheep right?

        Yup… lamb porn… knew it… 🙂

        • Only if they’re acrylic sheep.

        • silibub

          Good god, man, as if our admiral is so unscrupulous as to have underage ovine pornography!

          • O.O I didn’t even…

            Where is my newspaper! That man needs a beating… Then again, he might like it so I’ll settle for a glare.

            Yeah! What Silibub said, as if!

          • ….why did I read that in Dr McCoy’s voice?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I think it was the “Good god, man” start to it – that automatically makes me think Dr. McCoy.

        • Chris made it to camp??? YAY!!!

        • Sapfo

          oh you like that. A cute little lamb with only a bit of “arm”pit hair left 😉

        • Sapfo

          Wait a minute now mister! I use cotton yarn… is that also porn?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Plant porn.

    • Terri Sutton

      There doesn’t seem to be a lot of people talking.

      Whenever I make a comment on days like these, I feel like I am talking to myself.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I know how that feels sometimes.

        • Terri Sutton

          I can quite happily talk to myself in RL. I don’t have to do that on the internet.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            But what if you make various witty remarks! Those deserve to be shared with the world! Or at least this comment board.

          • Terri Sutton

            Nothing so classy. It’s just the spewing out of random words and phrases and sometime dialogue from the fanfics I will never write.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            What fandoms are the nonexistent fanfics for?

  • davefragments

    The fight between them has to reach an end and I suspect this panel will wrap up the spat. . . They can’t continue this way because the spell has to start at a particular time. I suspect sunset. I’ve watched the sky change and it’s near or just past sunset. Photographers call those few minutes “magic time” because of the flatness of the light and the gentleness of shadows. After that, it’s just dark until moonrise.

    • SofiaT

      But it’s only just past sunrise… I don’t think their spat lasted 12 hours!

      • silibub

        Sircea might be able to rant that long if you wind her up enough. If I ever need someone to filibuster I know who I’m calling.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          I think she would easily earn the record for most sarcastic filibuster ever.

          • silibub

            I’d listen to it!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            It would be a work of art.

        • Well if I weren’t so scared of her, I’d put her in congress, there might be some progress!

          • silibub

            Progress in a terrifying direction, but hey, at least there would be movement!

          • Very very true, but I’m thinking something is better than nothing… Maybe.

      • davefragments

        No look back at page 47 and 48. It’s a bright sky.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Admittedly, we don’t know for certain whether they’re currently in the same time zone as the mountain where Kyle was.

          • SofiaT

            It would have to be the other side of the earth for one team to be in early morning and them to be at dusk. We do know that they’re both somewhere in America.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I thought that Dave was saying that he thinks they’ll need to so the spell at sunset, not necessarily that it’s dusk at the moment?

            Good point about the time zone issue, though.

          • SofiaT

            I wouldn’t argue if the theory was just about the spell specific -I’ve been reading fantasy books for ages but I’m still crap when it comes to mystical ceremonies.

            But I’ve been paying close attention to the comic and I can bet my left hand (I’m left handed) that it’s still morning and the magic colours Dave observes are those of dawn 🙂

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I agree.

          • davefragments

            I”m thinking that the TYP’s have been searching several sites for evidence magic spells on Spooky’s direction.

          • SofiaT

            Only three sites for them to check. Spooky limited the number shortly after they took off.

        • SofiaT

          Their talk has been taking place at the same time as TYP team members board their plane, which is just after dawn. Unless they’ve been talking all day, this has to still be the colours of the sun rising.

          • davefragments

            I”m not sure of that. I think more time has passed.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            What makes you think that their talk is taking place at the same time? And we don’t know how long it took them to fly the plate to the southwest USA, and then begin searching locations.

          • SofiaT

            Because it says so on the first page of Sircea’s and Duncan’s scene.

            My internet is slow today so I can’t go back and find the link, it takes forever. But if you check it, you’ll see it.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            it says: “Meanwhile”.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Which means that it’s happening at the same time.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            yep

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I still find myself expecting you to be a tiny chihuahua in person.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Actually, personality-wise, I think I’m more like a pit-bull. 😐

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Fiercely loyal?

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            Exactly! 😀

          • silibub

            Pit bulls can be so sweet if they’re raised in a nice environment. Maybe you have their tenacity!

          • SofiaT

            Yes. And how long did the jet scene last? The whole argument was -what?- half an hour long tops? We know they boarded past dawn. This talk is taking place at the same time as the scene in the plane so it’s still just after sunrise.

      • Steven K.

        It just seemed that way from my perspective.

  • Alright I am just sinking further so I am going to feed my cat and go to bed. Have a nice night everyone.

    • Good night! Sleep well.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Good night, Doki! I hope things get better for you soon.

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    Is there something inside the glass box, or is it to put something or someone there?

    Maybe it’s a display case for her fine china collection? Or her glass figurines?

    • SofiaT

      I think it could be empty, but the way we’ve been teased with only glimpses of it so far, makes me think that something is probably in it.
      Maybe the second key that Laampros was promised?

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        That could be, but why would it need such a large glass box? The other key was kept in a small square box.

        • SofiaT

          Maybe it’s not a thing at all but someone? Your guess is as good as mine!

          • silibub

            Depending on how the ritual works, I wonder if they need another person/being with demonic traits to link the realms?

          • SofiaT

            My imagination fails me. I’ve considered of a few different possibilities (including Kyle’s mom!) but most likely it’s something that is incapable of crossing my mind.

          • silibub

            Too many possibilities to make a definitive guess. Although, I’m still very curious how they managed to obtain the Keys to begin with — that was probably quite a heist.

          • SofiaT

            Sircea must know what she’s doing.
            I still find it weird that it was Duncan who suspected what Kyle was.

            Weird or suspicious, take your pick.

          • silibub

            I’ll go with “deeply, deeply suspicious.”

          • SofiaT

            Yeah, me too.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            We don’t know that they stole them. How old are those keys? Who created them? Did Sircea used her magic to make them? Did she steal them from someone? How many of those keys are around if she didn’t make them? Are there others that open other doors to other dimensions?

          • David Welbourn

            Perhaps it will be the newest member of the Young Protectors.

      • David Welbourn

        Let’s consider this logically. It was Kyle’s birthday when he crossed over to Hell. It was Spooky’s birthday in the bonus story when he crossed over to Hell. So for Laampros to cross over to Earth, it must be Laampros’s birthday!

        It’s a cake box! Birthday cake for Laampros! Yay, cake!

        Happy birthday, Laampros! You don’t look a day over 666,000.

        • whoo hoo awesome!

          now to get rid of that Jesus mess

    • davefragments

      I first thought it might be the KEY To The KINGDOM but I abandoned that idea long ago. Then I thought it was going to be some sort of trap for Laampros but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards if Sircea is going to take a few years to rebuild the dimensional walls.
      So I’m hoping to figure it out tonight.
      Anticipation

  • mogoskier

    So the official pdf of the book just was emailed and might be seeing this wrong because it one am but DAMN. I’m not going to say say anything because I might be wrong and spoilers but DAMN

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’m so jealous!

      • SofiaT

        I’m pretending I’m not, but really, I am -who am I kidding?

    • o_o Now I have to go look to why you say that! .. and what you see as spoiler-ish.

      • mogoskier

        Not really plot spoiler but character spoiler. Look at page 7

        • I WILL! As soon as the pdf is downloaded 🙂

        • Oh yeah. That. I did wonder about that since the first preview edition of the pdf was sent out. Interesting 😉

    • SofiaT

      So there’s extra material that gives hints to what’s happening now? *not fishing, nope, not fishing for information*

  • I was all excited going “Oh look new page!” till I read it…
    I was so focused on the comments last time I forgot what was on this page. *facepalm*

  • Wohoo.. I still made it to camp. I was so sure I’d missed it 😀

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Danish! Welcome!

    • Morning, Danish!

  • davefragments

    Well, someone else is going to have to get the virgin tonight. I keep dozing away. It’s like a blink lasts 30 seconds or 2 minutes. So I’ll see it all tomorrow.
    goodnight.

  • Work-in-progress colored page up in a few minutes. 🙂

    • SofiaT

      We know the code language by now. “Work-in-progress colored page” means “perfect page that you will have to look at reaaaaaally carefully to notice any differences after Veronica is satisfied it’s perfect enough”

  • I smell hunters on the prowl.. *smells self*.. and it ain’t just me 😉

    • silibub

      I’m mashing that refresh button, but I don’t really care about getting there first — I just want to see the page!

      • SofiaT

        Aye, aye.

      • I’m a lazy hunter this morning so I doubt it will be me anyway.

        Even when not.. when there’s a notice shortly ahead it’s rarely me now *kicks computer* That auto-jump I used to be able to make it do down to comments box.. that function stopped after some update. My computer plotted against me xD

  • Oh, in case someone hasn’t seen yet. The page is up 🙂

    http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch3-page-65/