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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 10

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And so, Fluke and Spooky finally entered the warehouse. Unfortunately for them, Kyle had grown impatient with waiting around naked for them to get their acts together, so he’d left some time ago for the Christmas sale at Macy’s…

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! 😀

I just want to say that your kind words, support and continued interest in my comics is the best gift anyone could ever give me. It makes me so happy to have you along for this ride. You make me feel like the luckiest creator in the world and I hope that this holiday season fills each of your lives with much love and happiness. 🙂

And, of course

***THIS IS A BONUS PAGE!***

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So! Kyle’s best friends have now entered the building. I wonder what they will find?

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

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  • Sapfo

    Kiss, kiss, kiss …. eeeeeh! Why no kiss?

  • Merry Christmas everyone!!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Merry Christmas!

  • Yes, go find him and give a hug.

  • SofiaT

    *sigh* Kyle has always been the sensitive one.
    Why does that not surprise me?

    Lots and lots of hugs his way. And to his friends, because they’re the best damn friends anyone could ask for.

  • Toli Bera

    “Hi, This is Kyle, I’m sorry I’ve stepped out for a while, If you’d like to leave a message please do so after the beep.”

    • I was going to say. Wonder where he might be.

      • SofiaT

        On a corner in a fetal position?

        • I’m hoping he’s in a temper pacing.

          • SofiaT

            Here’s to hoping.

          • Yup! Maybe he might lecture them for taking so long. Or is that too much to ask?

          • Toli Bera

            Kyle’s probably just gonna want to leave once he’s dressed.

          • Maybe he might jerk the supersuit from Paul’s hands?

          • Toli Bera

            he IS in an emotional state

          • I guess I would like to see him somewhat together when we see him next.

          • SofiaT

            I don’t think he’ll be in a mood to lecture anyone after he’s been lecturing himself for the past hour *sigh*

          • Probably not, but I’m gonna delude myself over this one. 😐

          • Frater Gymnos

            Yeah! Naked in the breeze!

          • That’s one way of putting it. 🙂

          • Frater Gymnos
      • Toli Bera

        Well, look for the most penis hidingest object. he’ll be there.

        • That’s true.

        • Behind the burnt mattress?

          • Toli Bera

            or a girder, or the box Anni had his clothes in, or other sundry items strewn about

  • I don’t think any of them is expecting the sight they’ll get next.. a burned bed and a huge circle around it. If Kyle is still sitting on that bed all curled up, I might cry.

    It’s one thing knowing a situation is bad, it’s a whole other thing to meet reality. This isn’t something you just fix, and with Kyle’s past they already know that. Just not how much.

    Next page .. I sorta fear next page >.>

    • Dammit! Now you have me hiding behind my hands again. O.O

      • Sapfo

        Would you like a huging pillow? They are really good to hid behind.

        • I may need one, because my dogs can be useless that way.

          I want to see him angry. HE BETTER BE ANGRY!!! *hiding unsuccessfully behind my dogs*

      • A flicker of hope that Kyle has reached a stage of anger, but it’s only been like an hour. That’s not a long time to reach that state after the shocking events.

        He might not be on the bed anymore, but I think he might be covering D:
        We’re not prepared for this.. I know I’m not. It’s gonna hit like a brick even knowing. That reality thing I just mentioned before.

        • Gah!

          I don’t think he’s on the bed, unless he crawled back after making the call. He had to get off the thing to get the communicator.

          Just so long as he didn’t transform into anything in the hour since he’d been kissed by Laampy.

          • SofiaT

            He was making the call while still on the bed. He only reached out to get the communicator from the floor, he didn’t get off the bed I think.

          • Maybe. I don’t know.

          • Steven K.

            That’s basically what I had assumed.

          • Go back and look. He sat on the bed, hugging himself. I hope he moved a Little

          • I only saw his head while making the call. He could have been anywhere.

          • You’re right. Now I don’t know if I hope he’s lurking in the shadows, covering up, or want him to sit on the bed (in a non-fetal position). both could be bad D:

          • I could take him sitting on the edge of the bed, his hands clasped and his head down. Fetal position… meep. 🙁

          • Saxon_Brenton

            You’re also worried that Alex is going to *swerve* on us again, and that all the worry from Paul, Spooky and Mitch is a distraction for a revel that Kyle has started to turn red and/or grow horns, wings and a tail, right?

          • Then I’m not the only one? Cause I just had this awful thought…what if… And I keep scolding myself that surely such a thing wouldn’t happen but… O_O

          • Steven K.

            Well, maybe he won’t have to turn completely red, since he already has the fiery-colored head and body-hair. He’d still look sexy though with the additional attributes. I wonder if such a transformation would also involve some Laampros-style “male enhancements”.

        • IamM

          I assume when they’re done here and ready to leave Kyle will ask Spooky if they’ll need to check the warehouse for any more clues and upon being informed that they’ve gotten everything they can from it, WHOOMP!! Biggest power display Redhot’s ever demonstrated.

          • Jamie Dutton

            I would LOVE to see that!

          • SofiaT

            As far as exits go, it can’t get more dramatic than that! In a good way.

          • Hikaru Takemori

            Yeah, the way Kyle has been discribed and what we have seen of him so far Kyle might be more concerned about the whole Duncan-Laampros deal than getting emotional support from his friends. He had an hour to cry and rage and getting it all out so while he might accept and want the support I think it possible for him to think it of lesser importance. After all, he does think of himselfe last.

          • Steven K.

            That would be awesome. Unless he needs to have another orgasm to unleash that degree of power. Though I suppose that this, too, could be possible “with a little help from his friends.”

    • SofiaT

      I imagine him still on that same position on the bed but with fists clenching.
      Still broken but determined.

    • Sapfo

      No, Kyle most have found the phone somewhere (there where non seen in the room that I saw) and I don´t think he wants his friends to see him naked. He Is most likely hiding in the shadows until he have some clothes on.

      • SofiaT

        Good point.

        Edit: but what did you mean about the phone?

        • Sapfo

          It seems only logical.

    • Steven K.

      I soooooooooo know what you mean!

  • Sapfo

    *Sapfo run downstairs to the Christmas tree! Totally excited and lost of breath. Look around for big box or something under the tree….*

    “What, No Spooky, No Paul! Not even a little Flyboy!”

    Oh well, maybe next year. At least I got a new page and this clothe-hangers. ^_^

    • I got a mini-oven. Really like it, but I’m dissapointed that it can’t make new pages. Alex’s oven is magical.

      • Sapfo

        Would love that kind of oven. It seems to be able to make magic happen. 😉

      • Jamie Dutton

        He must be like my mom and have secret kitchen elves! *Poof* 5 course meal with extravagant desert from a can of tuna, 2 boxes of mac n cheese and some crackers!

    • silibub

      *squints at eggnog* Maybe if I down enough of this I’ll convince myself I’ve got Sircea under my tree!

      • Jamie Dutton

        If I still had my sewing machine, I’d think about whipping up a barbie cosplay of the sexy mystical cougar. I miss making those.

        • silibub

          Haha, that would be awesome! It’s cool that you know how to do things like that — I can barely sew.

      • Steven K.

        Now I’m a 100% gay male, but I have to tell you that. after all the ooh-ing and ahh-ing over Duncan and his ass or chest, etc., etc. (or various attributes of the younger guys) for a good chunk of the story, I’m actually finding it rather refreshing to hear someone declare some longing for an “opposite-gendered” character. I keep thinking that some erotic tension (or exploration) between Sircea and the Commander would be pretty interesting! (And would give my own frustrations a bit of a break when the focus isn’t on all the hot male bods for a change!)

        • silibub

          Heh, I do what I can! I hope that more female characters make an appearance later on in the story, as members of the adult hero teams or something — it seems like those teams would have to appear in the comic at some point, even if they’re just in the background or speaking a few lines. (Although naturally I commend Alex for the very intriguing women he’s introduced already!)

  • Jamie Dutton

    So Kyle is emotionally the youngest of those three and this happens to him? He’s having a worse Christmas than I am this year. At least, my family only flaked on me again for the third year in a row.
    Why I bother to get my hopes up anymore is beyond me. So it’s another glass of rum and a Christmas grilled cheese sandwich. Oh and the 2 lbs of peanut butter cups, they sent as an apology.
    But, I always feel better when I can come here and hang with ya’ll.
    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a Bright Winter Solstice to everyone! Happy Holidays to anyone I left out! Love all of you guys, gals, and beautiful people!

    • 🙁 I’m sorry to hear that. Yes, come and spend time with us and get lots of virtual hugs.
      *Hugs the breath out of you*

      • Jamie Dutton

        Thanks Danishwolf.
        Yay, for Christmas hugs!

    • SofiaT

      *hugs* We love you too, Jamie!

      • Jamie Dutton

        You guys are the best! Thanks for all the hugs! I really needed those.

    • Lots and lots of virtual hugs!

    • Sapfo

      (Friends = family of choice)

      *Hugs*

      • Jamie Dutton

        That’s the truth there, Sapfo.

    • silibub

      I’m sorry Jamie — we’re glad you’re here! *power hug*

    • Merry Christmas Jamie!! *hugs*

      • Jamie Dutton

        thank you for all the hugs and cheer. I feel better already. Merry Christmas to you too, dokidoki

    • I’m sorry to hear that too, Jamie. Biggest hugs from California! 🙂

      • Jamie Dutton

        Thanks Alex. Didn’t mean to dampen anyone’s spirits or anything. I just knew this was the best place to come after that and i was right. You have the best community of readers anywhere, Alex! Don’t know what i’d do without ya’ll to be honest.
        Anyway big hugs from Oklahoma and I hope your holidays are a lot better! You deserve the very best!

        • Steven K.

          I was feeling like you – after living through an ice-storm that left a majority of the residents here in mid-MI quite uncomfortable (no heat or power for me from early Sunday morning through Christmas), being able to get back here with the community helped things start to feel back to normal. And, being a single guy without a significant other, and dealing with kidneys that have stopped functioning, the great folks here have really become a part of my extended support system and I am very thankful for the compassion and understanding that y’all here show to me and everyone else when they are going through difficult times. Also helping to share in the sporadic good moments is great too. Thanks everyone!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Aw honey, I’m sorry that happened to you! *hugs*

  • silibub

    Kyle, this is no time to be hiding under the bed…come out and shop for an ugly holiday sweater, the sales right now are insane!

    But really, I’m glad Spooky’s got it under control after all; I’m sure when push comes to shove he’s able to get a read on people’s emotions and act accordingly. Sometimes it can be harder to comfort friends than strangers, because your instinct is to try to make light of the situation even though what they really want is for you to take it seriously.

    And I like this new insight into the dynamic of their friendship! Mitch might be the youngest on the team, but within this trio of friends, Kyle’s the little bro — I guess it doesn’t surprise me, since in the interlude he seemed the most hesitant and vulnerable of the three. Kind of breaks my heart to look back and realize that he was worried Spooky would feel weird about the porn comic featuring the two of them, since he’s likely been worried about his friends thinking he has crushes on them before (I know I tend to keep a lid on my sexuality around certain friends because they’ll probably jump to just that conclusion.) Kyle looked more relaxed and joked around a bit only after Spooky made it clear he found the whole thing funny, basically following Spooky and Paul’s lead. Aww.

    Anyway, thanks so much Alex and team for the holiday page! It’s the best present I’ve gotten so far!

    • Yay! You’re very welcome! I hope this day is filled with fun presents for you! 🙂

      (And I like your analysis here. 🙂 )

  • Ellen Harman

    So if Kyle is a year older than Fluke, how old is Spooky? Is he older or younger than Fluke and Klye?

    • SofiaT

      Spooky is 20. So two years older than Kyle and three years older than Paul.

      • Ellen Harman

        Thank you. So Paul has around a year before the villians can go all out on him. I am beginning to think that Paul and Spooky know Klye’s secret

        • SofiaT

          I’m pretty sure they do. The question is, did he tell them or did they figure it out? I think it’s the latter.

        • Jamie Dutton

          If they’re as close as they seem, then you can’t really hide that kind of thing from them. They’re probably just giving him time to tell them when he’s ready….although thank’s to Captain Jackass, I’m guessing he’s out of time 🙁

          *edit: I need to slow down on the rum. It’s not helping with my spellling.

  • Hikaru Takemori

    I wonder what Spooky’s ‘dayjob’ is. We know it has something to do with ocult things and now that it involves traumatised people. Does he have some official schooling in trauma consulting or is it something he learned on the job?
    Whatever it is I hope his experiance will be helpfull to Kyle.

    • silibub

      I wonder if he does a kind of paranormal investigation thing, or exorcises demons for people? I can see how that could involve trauma.

      • Hikaru Takemori

        Probably. The police could asks him for help sometimes, too.

  • Sapfo

    Alex, tell Adam and Veronica that I am not so sorry that they have work on more extra pages. I love the art work, the drama and hope for much more of your cliffhanger pages.
    Thank you to you and your love ones.

    • Thank you, Sapfo! I will tell them!

      (And I especially like the close-up faces on this page… A definite treat for the writer…)

  • *Is starting to build a mental shield in preparation for next page*

    I know I’m gonna need that, and that it will probably burst like fragile glass anyway.. but I can TRY! I’m pretty sure the first look of Kyle’s face is gonna crush me. This convo and Spooky’s serious face is already hard enough to handle.

    Spooky, Kyle and Paul.. really good friends. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re a big part of the reason that Spooky is still with the Young protectors team.
    It’s also easy to get why Mitch feels a bit left out. He’s the new member, the junior, the ‘little brother’ who’s not always let in on things. While being accepted by them all he’s not as close as these three are. Not yet at least.

    I wonder how much Mitch know of Kyle’s past and his ‘more fragile’ state. With that hearing of his, and computer skills, he could know more than they know… or he could have been told.
    Was Mitch worrying so much because he like-likes Kyle, because he ‘just’ generelly cares as ‘family’ and/or is it because he knows of some of Kyle’s past just like the others do? New Things to consider.

  • OMG the little munchkin elves are tearing around… One more replay of Alvin and the chipmunks and Uncle Chris is going in-Christmas-sane. I am hiding in the bathroom to check out this absolutely insanely wonderful page. I got as far as DW, Sapfo and AW and I agree, I so love the facial expressions. I want to go on and bore you all (as usual) with everything I love, but children are knocking… So I’ll have to blab all that tomorrow. Thank you so much Alex, Adam, and Veronica. This wonderful character break has helped me get ready for the weekend entering the scary warehouse. LOL. I’ll help you survive Danish!

    Thank you all for this wonderful gift… early and special.

    Merry Merry and Happy Happy.
    xo,
    ChristopherD

    • Jamie Dutton

      Good luck, Uncle Chris! Um, I still have some rum if you need it later.
      I say we all huddle together as we venture into the warehouse, cause it ain’t gonna be pretty. I’ll bring extra blankets and pillows for the fort.

    • Yay <3 You might not say that after I've reacted on next page 😉
      Me being in a snuggle mood and possibly snifling all over the place.

      Have fun with the munchkins (admit that you love it). I have a couple years before I'm in that situation since my niece is only 7 months old.

      • Sapfo

        It is more and more fun for every year. But sometimes it feels like they are going to tear down the house. ^_^

    • LOL. Courage, Uncle Chris! Thank you for the kind words and I hope that your Christmas day is full of fun (and restful moments of blissful peace.)

    • Merry Christmas Chris!! And which Alvin and the Chipmunks?

  • Alright.. I’m gonna go back on my parents’ couch and see if I can snooze an hour or two more. It’s 7am here. I’ll be back tonight after a Family lunch.

    Alex, Adam, Veronica and all you other awesome people. Happy Holidays.

    Thank you for some wonderfull times here.

  • Loneliestoflulabies

    I’m still not convinced Spooks will be as gentle as he needs to be. But panel 2 had me laughing

  • The youngest emotionally. I can see him being emotionally stunted from his time in the homes.

  • Merry Christmas, everyone. I may not be Christian, but I do celebrate the holiday. I do hope everyone has a nice day. 🙂

    • Merry Christmas Kinziechan!!!

    • Merry Christmas to you too, Kinzie! I hope you have a great holiday. 🙂

    • Merry Christmas, Kinzie!

    • SofiaT

      Happy Winter Solstice! (It passed already but we can drag it out for a week or two, no?)

      • Happy Winter Solstice to you as well! I was unable to celebrate this year because I was with family (I’m alone on xmas-the boy is out of town and so is all of my fam).

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Merry Christmas to you too, Kinzie!

  • I just wanted to let you all know that EMR updated. ^_^ Two pages.
    http://elanmeetsrafa.com/the-comic/ch19pg3/

    • Heh, I was just there checking it out. 🙂

      • I am actually lucky that I didn’t miss it completely, she updated a bit late and I should have been in bed an hour ago…..still unsure how I am still awake.

  • I just had the mental image of them stumbling upon Kyle, broken and curled in a ball, silently seething. It made me wibble a little bit. 🙁

    I hope that in this time a new fire has brewed within him.

  • Merry Christmas to you all. 🙂 This page was a nice first present for the day, even if it is a bit tense.

  • Jason Arilani

    Merry Christmas everyone! Glad to see this comic still continuing strong!!!

    My christmas wish will be coming true later. When all the delicious NSFW artwork for the kickstarter comes out. Naked boys from The Young Protectors. *fistpump*

    • Of course, we’re keeping the artists so busy with bonus pages we may have to wait for the naked boys. 🙂

    • Merry Christmas Jason!!

  • vessto

    Happy Holidays to all who celebrate!

    OMG, Fluke on panel 2 is stunning! *squealing mode*

    • SofiaT

      Happy Holidays, vessto!

      • vessto

        Happy Holidays! ヅ❣❈

    • Happy Holidays vessto!!

      • vessto

        Happy Holidays!! °(^▿^)/°

    • Happy Holidays, vessto!

      • vessto

        Happy Holidays! ❊❋❃

  • Steel_Man

    Cue naked boy, huddled in the corner, sobbing/sad face…ready to generate sympathy. Glad they’ve brought clothes!!! SO glad!

  • TwilightDreamer

    Final Christmas present for the day…an update of one of my fav series! XD
    Love the drama and the realism, great update, and merry Christmas to everyone!

    • Merry Christmas Dreamer!!

      • TwilightDreamer

        Merry Christmas Doki! :D…even though it was yesterday here XD

  • John

    If it was the 25th bonus page, that would’ve been really appropriate…

  • Susannah

    Merry Xmas y’all!

    • Merry Christmas Susannah!!!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Merry Christmas, Susannah!

  • Adam Black

    Happy Doctor WHO Day, everybody

    • I’m so waiting!!!! I need every Doctor Who Episode like food

      LOL 😀 Merry Xmas!

      • Adam Black

        I think you mean Who-mas, right?

        • Gosh! YES! 😀

          • Adi Zeller

            He died to save us all, and then returned back to life (13 times now)….

          • And we all grateful for that *sob*

          • Adam Black

            Grace Killed 7

      • Adam Black
        • Love it when he’s naked LOL

          • Adam Black

            wait, how many episodes was that?

          • Just my imagine LOL
            Except 10 I guess he never been naked?

          • Adam Black

            i dont remember

          • Adam Black

            I mean 11, nee 12 Sir Matt

          • No he never did. first i said 10 anyway.

          • Adam Black

            I view “the Doctor Dances” as thinly coded sex.

          • LOL That’s funny 😀

          • Adam Black

            Now I need to watch again, to see who leads

          • It wasn’t exactly subtle. 🙂 Although it was the Doctor/Master phone sex scene in The Sound Of Drums that really got the slashfen complaining that you can’t have subversive fun when it stops being subtext and starts being text.

          • Adam Black

            C’mon, give me some subtlety-credit.

            I come from a very long line of crass jews.
            In my house, Seinfeld was thought to be a documentary.

          • Adam Black

            starts being text?

            what? I dont remember that

          • Go watch the scene when Simms!Master is on the phone to Ten — and pay attention to expression and tone of voice, together with what he’s saying. Especially when he’s telling the Doctor to say his name. :-> It’s as blatant as you can get away with in what is nominally a children’s show.

          • Adam Black

            well there was that scissors sisters dance

          • Adam Black

            Its starting to come back to me

          • Adam Black

            wait that 10B nee , its 12! youll find that out today

          • I didn’t watch today *sob* mom order me to go shopping *gross sobbing* I’m going to watch tommorrow…

          • Adam Black

            Thats is soo awful!

            ( I havent had a working tv in 2 years. and missed most of season 6 and 7.
            later on I will try and set up an old computer and see if I can watch it, ….. )

            cagla, your mom is a silence

          • I know… And Everyone is talking about Capaldi and I’m … unconscious!

          • Adam Black

            man thats terrible.

            Im so glad i am alone today.
            dammit, if gooogle plus, i might get spoilers

            You are just going to have to entertain me me all day

          • LOL Sorry I found a website and I’m preparing popcorn and I’m going to watch YAY!!

    • Adi Zeller

      I can’t wait to watch the special, and see how they resolve the regeneration thing.

      • Adam Black

        back to karn?

        • Adi Zeller

          I actually said that to a friend of mine, but I don’t know if they’re gonna want to use it again so soon.
          We know the Master has had more than 13 regenerations, but I doubt the Doctor is going to find Gallifrey so quickly…

          • Adam Black

            I am going to guess, it goes back to the Time War, since he didnt remember what happened.
            Bad Wolf bomb?

          • Adi Zeller

            Won’t it count as crossing his own timeline?

          • Adam Black

            crossing his own timeline is contravention to a “law of time” which stipulates you cant do that unless timelords say fuck it ( 3 doctors, 5 doctors, 2 doctors, timecrash, day of the Doctor )

            In otherwords its no big deal if you are a time-sensitive species like a Tharill, ood, Timelord,
            …. someone didnt see ‘Day of the Doctor’, did you?
            spoilers

          • Adi Zeller

            I did watch it. Have you seen “The Pandorica Opens”? or “The Impossible Astronaut”?

          • Adam Black

            yes and no

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      One of MY people! Thank you Adam, and Happy Doctor Who Day to you!

      • Adam Black

        I was converted a long time ago—- although I may have been born into it.

      • Adam Black

        your welcome. Happy Whomas

    • Merry Who-mas Adam!

    • Happy Who-mas, Adam.

    • Sapfo

      Happy Days for the dear Doctor and to you Adam!

      • Adam Black

        I would watch that fantasy.

        happy Whomas to you Sapho

        • Sapfo

          But Adam if you and the Doctor where the fantasy, you would be in it, not be watching it.

          • Adam Black

            probably not.
            Doctor Who is a Fridge horror where a package of sugar has been dumped all over everything.

          • Adam Black

            “happy days” was the fantasy there.

          • Sapfo

            Fonzie and Doctor Who? Wow, blow my mind! XD

          • Adam Black

            Really? That whole town was filled with Aliens.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHWXAJhmvyU

            Nor do I think Fonzie is human anyways…

  • Kyle? Kyle,are your there dear? I miss you <3 Merry Christmas y'all !!!

  • SofiaT

    Merry Merry! 🙂

  • LL

    Ah, the yaoi911 bonus page…the best gift a gay could ask for.

    • purplefoxglove

      Not only a gay 😉

  • YG_Frenchie

    First thing I thought this morning was “Omg it’s Wednesday and there should be an update on Young Protectors!” Then my man turns over when he feels me reaching for my phone and says “Merry Christmas, bébé!” And I went “Oh ya! It’s Christmas! Wait, one thing to check first..” His confused look… Hahaha!

    Priorities.

    Merry Christmas everyone! Lots of love and cozyness! Xoxox

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Merry Christmas one and all…….we have a cliff hanger as a present!

  • fujoshifanatic

    Yay, I almost forgot I had one more Christmas present waiting for me on my computer today! I hope everyone is having a very merry Christmas/Kwaanza/Festivus/whetever holiday I forgot, and especially warm holiday cyber-hugs for you, Alex and the rest of the TYP crew, for all that you do for us! 🙂

  • purplefoxglove

    Aw, Alex…a charming author, genius artists that simply do magic with their pencils and brushes, a captivating and totally awesome story, HOT guys, complex and believable characters…how could we anything but completely addicted? It makes *us* happy to have *you* 🙂
    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to team A, A & V and all readers!

    • Merry Christmas purplefoxglove!

      • purplefoxglove

        Thank you!
        Is your grandmother feeling better?

        • She seems to be doing better. Thank you for asking. ^_^

          • purplefoxglove

            I’m glad to hear that! 🙂

    • Merry Christmas!

  • Epistasthai

    Bwahahah, I can just see Kyle at Macy’s, frantically looking for something to wear. Thank you for this Xmas present – I figured you’d give Christmas Day a miss, so this is a lovely surprise! (but knowing you, not really a surprise – you’re so generous and kind).

    Merry Christmas, Alex. And thank you for all the hard work you do to bring us this (and other) interesting and fun reads. Have a wonderful 2014!

  • Jeabro21

    OMG all I got was clothes for xmas I hate getting clothes for xmas if you don’t know what to get me just give me money thats the best gift you could give me; the worst part is that all of them is from my mom who does not know my style. Big-boob women do not look good in a button-down sweater(well at least I don’t)
    JUST GIVE ME THE MONEY…….PLEASE

    • Sanbai

      One day, you’ll be grateful for your Mum…

      • Jeabro21

        I am grateful for my mom I’m just tired of getting clothes

  • Inuhime

    Wow finally going inside… Hold on Kyle The cavalry stopped talking and now they’re coming LOL

    • Dakejev

      Is it bad of me that my mind read that “coming” with a different meaning…?

  • twincast

    Well, yet another lovely page. =)

    And a Happy Solstice and Related Holidays to you all! 😀

  • b3nc0

    Shalom, Salam, Peace on Earth!

    Still no Kyle? Is he hiding in a corner, scarfying a new demon-, curse-related ‘uniform’ on his wan skin with fire, hot steel & pieces of concrete? Yes, I’m in a pretty good mood, why? ´︵`

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I am so glad that Kyle’s friends are so focused on being supportive for him. There’s no way this is going to be easy, but having people like that to help sure makes it better.

  • KiannaLeigh

    Aww. Kyle has such good friends. I love that. Best Christmas present ever, seeing Kyle’s awesome support system. Merry Christmas YP fandom.

  • Olivia Black Geisha Springer

    So can I just be a creep right now and say that I really like that was Paul’s lips look in the third panel….

    • Dakejev

      What’s creepy about that? =P

  • Steven K.

    OK – time to catch up. Lost heat and power/electricity for the last 4 days due to the worst ice storm in Michigan’s history. Kyle just had the worst birthday ever and here was the worst Christmas ever (for me at least). But FINALLY back home with heat and power back on – and now feeling much more back to normal now I can check in here again and re-join the community.

    • VileTybalt

      Really sorry to hear that your Christmas sucked man. I hope things are going a lot better for you. Hopefully a happy update, where Kyle isn’t in mortal danger or a state of despair will help with this.

      Glad to have you back with us, man. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

      • Steven K.

        Thanks! To you as well!

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      Sorry to hear about your troubles, Steven..glad you got your power back. Hope you have a happy new year! 🙂

      • Steven K.

        Thank you Jakk – it can only get better, right?
        (Hopefully for our ginger hero as well.)

    • Cman65

      So hot here in Brisbane can’t sleep with the AC on high

      • You poor thing!! I always get extremely grouchy when I cannot sleep because it is too hot.

    • Glad to hear that your power is back!!

  • Garnasha

    More a reaction to the last page but it took a while for me to start thinking (and sorry if this already came up and my quick ctrl+F didn’t catch it)

    They KNEW about what happened when he was twelve? KNEW his torched foster parent’s home was because of something similar to the current situation, i.e. something sexual, which given his age was guaranteed to be wanking? And, knowing that he’s scared to death of orgasms because of the whole fireball thing, they didn’t bother trying to find a solution?

    They let him blueball for six YEARS, the horniest years of almost any guy? Not because they didn’t know, but because they didn’t think to set something up to give him a chance to isolate himself, through distance or fireproof materials. Really, a reinforced fireproofed bedroom or bathroom can’t be that hard to build, not with the resources of superhero teams. Keep the justification to “power-related adaptation/precaution”.

    Or, maybe less blatant (and embarrassing for most young guys), a training room. Fireproof it, because the whole point is letting him exercise his powers. Give it a lock, because practice targets will be moving all over the room and you don’t want to accidentally torch someone coming in. Give him the key, and know he’ll figure stuff out once he’s convinced he can’t burn his way out. Problem solved.

    Letting a kid fear orgasms all through puberty because you didn’t think? Criminal negligence.

    • Thud

      I agree with this post wholeheartedly.

    • Dakejev

      Maybe they didn’t know of it until now? Or at least didn’t know the event at 12-yo was sexually-related. Because I just can’t see these guys being so indifferent/cruel if they’d known all along.

      • Garnasha

        I really hope that’s it, because otherwise, they really dropped the ball. But it doesn’t sound like something he’d bring up now, when he’s already feeling extremely vulnerable. Unless he said he felt a fool because of what happened, but I didn’t get that vibe from the way he phrased it (no “he told me what happened back then” or anything like that).

        Kinda hoping for a Word of God on what they knew when. And hoping I’m wrong.

        Pity there’s no room for a retcon, while writing my prior comment it just sank in again how much his teens must’ve sucked. Poor Kyle. But that desperation probably played a major part in his eminently bad decision to sleep with a major supervillain, and so is a vital plot point. A good author makes life hell for their characters.

        • Steven K.

          That’s another reason I don’t blame Kyle for giving Duncan the benefit of the doubt and trusting in a reformed Anni, given that Kyle likely saw this as perhaps his one chance at some intimate fulfillment with someone who he wouldn’t have to worry about setting ablaze during his release.

    • Steven K.

      I love this post. That type of thing has crossed my mind repeatedly, as to how he could have been able to “explore” (self-pleasuring, his powers in general, etc.) without having go without releasing his tensions for all those ultra-frustrating years. But I wasn’t thinking the other guys would have known about that particular difficulty of his, so I didn’t consider that they’d have a reason to think to help him with that. But a “training room” for him, as part of the YP complex (all the X-men comics and spin-offs are filled with facilities like that for the various mutants and their special abilities), which he then could have also used,to help relieve his tensions, just as a matter-of-fact additional purpose even if that wasn’t specifically thought about or intended by the designers, would have been SUPREMELY logical and useful.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Tsk. Now there’s a stinging inditement – and not just for the characters, but for myself as well. I was so busy deconstructing the story in superhero trope terms that I was all “Wow, Kyle’s showing superhuman willpower there; he’s a really determined hero in training”. I pretty much overlooked the human element. But, yeah, the other characters in the story have even less excuse, and if they employed some creative lateral thinking they might have finagled something to help.

      Hmm, even if Kyle hasn’t told the others (because of embarrassment, as in, within his headspace he hasn’t untangled simple human sexual drives from his self-perceived need to keep secret of his homosexuality) and they know from observation and maybe a bit of judicious peeking at Kyle’s files… Well, if they’re really such close friends they could have thought up a plan and then quietly suggested it to Kyle.

      • Garnasha

        That embarrassment might not even need a closet, it’s not like masturbation is an easy subject for straight guys. At least, not immediately, and not with everyone. It’s kinda stigmatized / taboo, sadly. Intercourse is more accepted than flying solo.

        That’s also why you’d use the training room as an excuse, because that stigma will mean you’re liable to mortify a 13/14-year-old if you say anything which implies you know he masturbates, or wants to, or will in the near future (depending on the kid, and your relation to them).

    • you definitely have point here…

  • Sapfo

    I got the best gift from my brother this year. A new huging-pillow!
    Alex, bring on the Drama, I am ready for it! ^_^

    • SofiaT

      And now, if Alex ever makes those YP body-pillow cases we were talking about, you can buy a few and change them according to mood. XD

      • Steven K.

        Those would be soooooo awesome.

    • Steven K.

      Well, depending on how emotional the next couple pages are, I might need one and you can save one for ChrisD as well – his old crying towel might need replacing about now – and always nice to start the new year out with a fresh crying towel.

  • I was going to post this yesterday for everyone, but then maybe you will understand way….I pretty much spent all day yesterday in the kitchen, when I wasn’t cooking I was washing dishes. I cooked/fixed everything except for the Baked Mac and Cheese, the Celery Sticks filled with Cream Cheese/Walnuts/Dates, and the Applesauce. http://i904.photobucket.com/albums/ac248/dokidokibaka/Christmas%20Dinner%202013/DSCN1055_zpsc1f414d1.jpg

    And here are the Christmas cookies I baked. http://i904.photobucket.com/albums/ac248/dokidokibaka/Christmas%20Cookies%202013/DSCN1052_zps8524cbb9.jpg

    The present I got that I was most happy about: http://s904.photobucket.com/user/dokidokibaka/media/My%20Presents%202013/DSCN1185_zps16b748e5.jpg.html?sort=3&o=3 But then I was like….but I don’t have a blu-ray player…..

    Then I opened this: http://s904.photobucket.com/user/dokidokibaka/media/My%20Presents%202013/DSCN1190_zps019bcc9b.jpg.html?sort=2&o=13 And I was like sweet! But then I realized I have an 11 yr old tv that doesn’t have the proper hook-ups for the Blu-ray player. 🙁 So I still cannot watch my Extended Edition LotR trilogy…*cries*

    When I unwrapped this; http://s904.photobucket.com/user/dokidokibaka/media/My%20Presents%202013/DSCN1191_zpsf6127113.jpg.html?sort=2&o=14 my sister said we are playing that. And of course she won….though I was right behind her.

    And also so none of my EMR friends miss this amazing image: http://elanmeetsrafa.com/happy-holidays-in-the-shower/#disqus_thread

    • mogoskier

      Oh god, you had Christmas in your house. I am so sorry, nobody should know that hell.

      • Yeah, and between this month and last I have done a thorough cleaning of the kitchen, living room, laundry room, dining room, Granny’s bathroom, and my bathroom. I also cleaned my bedroom, but it didn’t need a “thorough” cleaning. The only rooms I haven’t cleaned are Granny’s and Olivander’s.

        ….is one exhausted Dokidokibaka

  • Acheron Hades

    Ah, I caught up with the comic, yay! 😀 I’ve been working full time, so I’ve had no time for comics lately ;-; But this is so cool! Awesome work, guys! And Merry Christmas! <3

    • Merry Christmas Acheron!

      • Acheron Hades

        Yaaaay 😀

  • Kate G

    Uh oh, here we go. Kyle is not going to happy about this.

    Fluke, you are fire meat.

    And seriously, your brought HIS COSTUME?! HIS COSTUME?! When he’s in an emotional firestorm you really think he’s going to want to wear that? OMG, Fluke, he isn’t going to want to wear something that reminds him of Mr. I-have-a-stick-up-my-ass! UUUUUUUUUUUUUGH! *facepalm*

    CLOTHES! HE ASKED FOR CLOTHES YOU NIMROD!!!! A costume, while yes, that does qualify for clothes, is not the kind of clothes he was asking for. Underwear, jeans, t-shirt…you know, HUMAN CLOTHES. Oie vey, Fluke is more than a little dense. Denser than the Taiga, more like it.

    • Twirls

      Well, Fluke and Spooky are wearing their costumes(Flyboy is too, though he’s not even supposed to be there.) And we don’t know what exactly Kyle told Fluke, so there’s a good possibility that Fluke thinks that they’re going into a dangerous situation, where Kyle might need said costume(which, I’m assuming, is fireproof or fire resistant, which Kyle might appreciate)
      Furthermore, it looks like they’ll be going back in the car. So with the costume and the mask – as unlikely as it is that they’ll be spotted – there’s the element of anonymity and secret identities.

  • Nickles the Drummer

    I am so sorry to send you this random rant, but it was the only place I feel safe enough as to where I can let some of this frustration go, and get good advise from spectacular people in turn. I have been having some problem’s at work with this girl who sits next to me at work. I have gone to my supervisor, and even to the head of the company with this, and they still haven’t addressed the problem. I can take the rude comments about my weight, and even the sexual harassment and inappropriate questions. I can take being threatened and the constant threats of being beaten up after work, after all I am like, twice this girls height and three times her weight, I would really like to see her try and start a fight with me. But what totally broke the proverbial straw in the camels back was when she and another girl started talking tonight about how much they hated cats, and when they would ever come across them the horrible things they would do to them. Anybody who truly knows me knows that I am very passionate about animals. I mean, I have 3 cats between my roommate and myself, a dog, two corn snakes, and about 6 beta fish. So i got a bit upset. So I just put on my headphones and went back to work. That is, until they started to say stuff about me thinking I couldn’t hear them. They said they were going to come to my house and kick my cat so hard in the head that it would have brain damage. Needless to say, I immediately wanted to retaliate, but chose not to. I really need some advise because it’s getting to the point where I am finding it extremely hard to be nice. And obviously my superiors at work are choosing to do nothing about it. So if anyone has any advice, please share. It would be a great deal of help.

    Also, on a much brighter note, I loved the new update. I am very curious to see how Kyle is going to react to all of the stuff that is going on. Thanks for another wonderful update.

    • Howdy Nickles,

      Sorry to hear you’re having such a hard time. Without knowing much about your situation and its history, here are some thoughts. For what it’s worth:

      1) No matter what, don’t lose your cool. These people are clearly trying to bait you. If they succeed and you flip out in public, then you will lose a lot of your credibility when it comes to their word against yours. Which it most certainly will at some point unless you have the bunch of witnesses to their harassment on your side. Your interactions with them from this point on should be impeccable and professional. Especially when others are watching.

      2) What you can and should be doing IMHO is documenting their harassing actions with dates and times. Keep a written log every day and describe what they are doing as impartially as you can. Pretend you are a police officer taking a statement—just the facts, ma’am. That is, just their specific actions and words. Leave interpretations of their motivations and character out of it.

      3) This is clearly harassment and if it’s happening in the United States, it’s exposing your company to the potential an expensive lawsuit should you decide to bring up an action in court. You’ve said you’ve gone to your supervisor and to the “head of the company.” If your company is big enough to have an HR department, you should go to them directly. They will know the risks to the company of “not addressing” a harassment claim and should be much more responsive.

      4) Either way, if there is sexual harassment and threats of physical violence (even if it’s “all in joking”) and management isn’t addressing it, it’s time to talk to a lawyer. Like right now. You should be able to get a free consultation and they will be able to give you much better and more appropriate advice than strangers on the Internet.

      There are reasons why a “hostile workspace” is considered grounds for big lawsuits. No one should have to suffer through that. I’m very sorry that it’s happening to you.

      • Nickles the Drummer

        Thank you so much for all of the wonderful advise. I have been in to talk to my HR rep and all she had to say to me about it is that she would talk to her about it. So far it doesn’t seem like anything has happened. Or maybe it has and that is why she has been more protestant with me as of late. I feel very honored that you took the time to read this. And for giving me a path way i had not considered before. As much as I hate conflict, maybe it is time i sought out an outside person to help me resolve my problem for good.

        • If nothing else, then talking to an attorney will let you know what all your options are. IMHO, it’s more likely to create a positive outcome for you than lashing out at the harasser. And hopefully, with their advice, you will be able to put an end to this harassment once and for all.

          I know what it’s like to be in a bad work situation like this. You deserve to have a workspace free of harassment. Good luck and keep us posted. 🙂

    • SofiaT

      Hi Nickles,

      I’m sorry you have to go through this harassment at work. It sounds like bullying to me. 🙁

      Depending on where you are, there are different laws in place for workplace bullying. If you’re in the United States, it appears that there is no federal legislation but many states have laws for it, I’d suggest that you research the laws that apply to your case. Your employers should understand that they’re allowing an abusive work environment to be created and that could possibly lead to a lawsuit -I doubt they would like this so maybe it will force them to pay attention.

      Better to take advice from someone who knows the labor laws in your state though.

      You could maybe research what this site here has to offer? http://www.workplacefairness.org/

      Good luck and lots of hugs to you!

      Edit: I see that Alex already gave you some very sound advice.
      Consulting with a lawyer or an organization that advocates healthy working environments and can offer expert advice to victims of workplace bullying is the best thing to do. 🙂

      • Nickles the Drummer

        -hugs-

        Thank you so much for the great advise. I feel a bit better knowing that there are great people out there who are willing to listen and lend a helping had. I have contacted several people (including my ever so lovely police department) and all they told me was that they couldn’t do anything unless she actually did something and I had proof of it. I think it may be time to consider my outside options, and as much as I would hate to have to get a lawyer involved, that may be what i have to do to end this once and for all. I am so sorry for using this site like this, i feel terrible, but i really didn’t know where else to go.

        • SofiaT

          Bullying is unacceptable in all its forms and wherever it is encountered. I really am sorry you have to deal with this.

          Another thing about bullies whether they’re at work, school or online: they’re insecure and they’re not happy with their lives. They try to bring others down so they can feel better about themselves. They are not even worthy of hate, they’re worthy of pity. Please don’t let little people like that bring you down.

          Stay safe! 🙂

    • You have handled the situation much better than I would have up to this point. I also think that there is something wrong with your company if they haven’t addressed this issue after making complaints to them. They are opening up themselves to a lawsuit. Which I really think you need to look into filling. There are things that one really shouldn’t have to put up with in the workplace and any type of harassment needs to be dealt with promptly.

      ……I would have probably lost my cool a long time before now (you have my profoundest respect for that), but animal cruelty IS NOT AND NEVER IS ok. My blood is boiling over the thought. It isn’t something that should be “joked” about either, if they try to make that claim. It really sickens me that there are people like that in this world. That is definitely a button pusher for me.

      I was going to post some advice, but I think Alex has said it best. His advice is sound and if I remember correctly, those steps sound about right from what I remember about the harassment course we had to take at the place I used to work.

      But I I would definitely go to a lawyer with documented instances of harassment/abuse for legal advice.

      *hugs* Good luck and I really hope you are able to get things taken care of!!

    • Everyone has already given such great advice so I just wanted to offer you further support. Big hugs. Stay safe, stay strong. 🙂

    • You’ve already gotten good advice so I’ll only add two small things.
      1) Alex said, write a log. I would say, use your phone or something to record them as well when they really start. One thing is a log another is a recording.
      2) If you report them again, also give a written complaint with dates on them, and keep a copy for your self. This shows you truly have filed a complain before if action isn’t taken. The more evidence you have the better a case. Do you have a union? If so, contact them.

      I hope this ends with that girl getting kicked out of there on her ass.. even though that’s sadly not allowed. She needs to get fired and possibly suid.

  • SofiaT

    An interesting post from a comic creator about the importance of always crediting the images we share: http://mixtapecomics.tumblr.com/post/68277854434/after-a-discussion-last-week-with-several-of-my 🙂

    • Tab Kimpton (Khaos Komix, Discord Comics) has recently had an unpleasant experience with comic image theft too.

      TRiG.

    • I had an interesting experience with this. One of our panels got posted on 9Gag (the infamous “I became the most powerful and feared supervillain on the planet” panel). And it went a bit viral.

      Now, the good news is, the person who posted it there gave me full credit and a link to this site. (That’s how I became aware of it—a bunch of folks clicked through.) But I noticed that while I was credited by name, Adam and Vero were not mentioned, so in a comment where I sincerely thanked the original person for taking the time to give me credit and a link (which as you can see in the article above often doesn’t happen), I also mentioned that the pencils for that art were by Adam DeKraker and the colors were by Veronica Gandini. (They work hard on every page and, just like me, they deserve credit and recognition for their work.)

      And after I did this, a few commenters freaked out, basically lambasting me for wanting to have the work credited. Now, again the good news is that other commenters confronted them and noted that I wasn’t actually being a jerk (or demanding that the art be taken down)—and eventually the haters came around and decided that while it was baffling that I would take the time to do this, it probably wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

      But before they came around, it was interesting to read their reasons why they thought credit was irrelevant: “Jeez, it’s just a single panel! Over-react much?!” and “It’s just a humor site and this was just posted for fun!”

      I think Rachel Dukes makes a very good case why credit is important and I was pleased that even those who thought I was a jerk for wanting credit for our work came around in the end. (Although it seemed to help that I wasn’t looking for credit for my own efforts, but those of others. But still…)

      I’ve seen this article reblogged a few times on my Tumblr feed. Hopefully it will encourage people to think more about the real implications of posting work without credit (or with the credit deliberately removed—wow…)

      • I’m one of those weirdos who really really cares about copyright law and licencing (both for code and for artistic works). I can geek out about the differences between the various Creative Commons licenses, and about the difference between Free Software and Open Source Software. And I would never post anything without attribution.

        (I actually have a half-written essay on the subject which I really should polish up and stick on my blog. It should include a few case studies, including Wikipedia, Stack Exchange, and Debian Iceweasel. That last one requires extreme Free Software geekiness.)

        TRiG.

      • Sapfo

        I like you for not being a jerk. A good exampel to live by 🙂

      • SofiaT

        I don’t get it. From what you described, people reacted like you‘d infringed on their rights. It’s mind-boggling.

        • Like I said, it’s an interesting attitude. And one that I think reflects the value some (perhaps many) people place in art and artists.

          • SofiaT

            It’s probably the fact that sharing something digitally is so easy, we don’t think twice about it. I’ll admit to being guilty of that too. I will often email an e-book I liked to a friend or have them email me one. And just the other day I created a playlist and copied it to a cd for my cousin. In my mind, that’s no different than lending a physical book or making a mixed tape. The digital age has just put a spin to it. Even that’s morally ambiguous and open to debate, I’m sure others would argue with me.

            Sharing something online has a snowball effect though. And while people are often unconcerned about infringing on the rights of big corporations and studios, indie creators who struggle to get their work out there are also harmed.

            What confuses me in this case is that you didn’t ask them to pull it down. You just asked for credit to be given where credit is due. How could anyone disagree with that?

            My guess would be that they went on the offensive as a defense -nobody likes being reminded that what they do might not be ok. Lashing out is easier than feeling bad or saying you’re sorry.

          • I’m not sure anyone was in a space to feel bad about not crediting a work, but yes, I think it was an defense as reflex, because they are used to creators demanding to have work posted without permission removed. And the knee-jerk reaction was baffling, but as I said, other commenters immediately called them on it. 🙂

            By my lights, while I would want to be asked first, I am OK with having short segments of my work shared—so long as a credit and a link is given. (For the reasons mentioned in that article.) So I wasn’t going to ask for it to be removed. But I did want Adam and Vero to get credit.

  • Sapfo

    I know this is perhaps a little early, but I wonder if we can give next year a new name. honestly 2014 sounds so boring, we could make it a little more interesting? Like the year of George, or maybe the year when Laampros came to town.

  • *ding, ding ding* The bonus pages keep coming 😀

    • SofiaT

      Yay!!! There will be an extra page on my birthday!! XD

      • Yup, I remember that 🙂

        • Drewe Kiba Chan

          Cake and strawberry milk!!

      • Sapfo

        we must celebrate it with style 🙂

      • silibub

        Your birthday’s January 15, then? *takes notes*

        • SofiaT

          Indeed it is 😀

  • Perverzak

    I cannot wait to see how the guys will handle it, the are incredibly mature for their age and that’s exactly what Kyle needs… cant wait for the bonus page! 😀

  • silibub

    It’s so early, but I’m already revved up for the update! I want to see Kyle! Although he might tell Fluke and Spooky off-panel to just drop his uniform and wait outside while he changes.

    And a random thought I’ve been turning over for a while: I wonder if Kyle’s foster sister will show up at some point? Ever since he mentioned that she was pretty seriously injured in the fire he started when he was twelve, I’ve been curious about how she thinks of Kyle. Has she seen the Young Protectors on the news and made the connection between Red Hot and her former foster brother? Is she angry or traumatized because of the fire, or has she forgiven Kyle? Does she understand why it happened? Did Kyle even have a chance to see her and apologize, or was he removed from that family’s care right away and forbidden to see her?

    I guess I bring it up now because it seems like Kyle could use some catharsis, and if he were to encounter his foster sister again, and she told him she doesn’t blame him or hate him because of what happened to her, that might help relieve some of Kyle’s hard feelings toward himself. (And if it doesn’t happen in the actual comic, I’m so gonna write that fic.)

    • Steven K.

      I’ll just be glad if Kyle’s friends/team-mates tell him that they don’t blame him or hate him because of what happened to him and the repercussions of that.

  • bronakopdin

    actually I’m quite curious what they mean EXACTLY with Kyle being the youngest ^^

    • I think they mean emotionally. Due to the emotional trauma he incurred when he first discovered his powers, I don’t think he has allowed his emotions and his control over his emotions to grow naturally as they should have. So while Fluke and Spooky are more mature, Kyle is kind of like an overgrown kid. I kind of see him as emotionally stuck at 12, which might also explain why he fell so easily for Duncan/Anni’s trap. If had learned to better handle his emotions, DUncan/Anni would have had to work much harder to trap Kyle.

      • Steven K.

        A lot of that, too, most likely.

        • bronakopdin

          I thought that, too, with him being stuck a little but at 12? OK maybe 15 xD but true, I thought the same with the trap 🙂 that they especially chose him for that fact ^^

      • Holly

        I feel like this is probably the deal. I know that I personally am one of the “youngest” people those around me know. Despite being 25 not a lot of people see me that way. I am apparently very immature, but I’m not sure HOW. I tend to think most people are older than me because they seem more mature. It’s very confusing.

        But yeah, I think Paul just means that Kyle is not as mature or emotionally developed as he and Spooky.

      • mogoskier

        I don’t think that true though. I have a feeling that Kyle is alot stronger emotionally then ether one of his friends think. Yes he was tricked but I think very few people would not fall for it. Think about it, Kyle has been blue balled for 6 years, have to keep his sexuality a secret because of fear. Then add on the fact he doesn’t know if people he likes would find him attractive because he can’t ask and if they do what he going to to with that. He comes along Duncan, who is famous, strong, good looking,fire proof, has charisma, is rich and find him attractive. I don’t think anyone in Kyle situation would say no.

    • Steven K.

      Most vulnerable and/or naive maybe?

      • bronakopdin

        probably 🙂

  • Alexander

    When does camp begin?

    • I don’t really think we ever have a specific time. Just whenever people start showing up. ^_^

    • Doki’s right, not really a specific time, but I’ve noticed that folks start popping in more after 6/7 pm (California time).

  • Just in case anyone is wondering where I am at, I am working on finally making coherent posts on SF.

    And if anyone would like something to do while waiting, EMR is a really good comic done in pencil and themice has certain songs to play with certain pages that really enhance the experience. http://elanmeetsrafa.com/the-comic/

  • Holly

    As I said, I would return to camping AFTER Christmas so here I am! Though, as i am at my parents, I might miss the page. I’m not sure how late I’m ALLOWED to say up. There house there rules, etc etc.

    Anyway, CAMPING QUESTION: Is there aspect of yourself physically that is really identifiable that someone might not know about if they only saw you in photos. I.E. A piercing that can’t be seen, a birth mark that you angle out of shots, etc. I’m just really curious.

    Also, I made cookies! They have 3 sticks of butter, three cups of different kinds of sugars, and a crud load of chocolate chips. *holds out Santa Cookie Jar*

    • I have two tattoos and an uneven number of piercings in my ears. Does that count?

      Edit: Welcome back, Holly! Have some muffins.

      • Holly

        Can you see your ear piercings in photos?!

        • My ears are really flat so only some of them might show.

          • Holly

            mmm okay

          • Okay, so I’ll stick with the two tattoos.

          • Holly

            where are they? Because i feel like the piercings are a closer answer to the question i meant to ask.

          • One’s on my back and the other on my ankle.

            Okay, then I’ll stick with my earrings. 🙂

          • Holly

            I have too many muffins!

          • Well there was a back log with your absence.

          • Holly

            mmm I will just have to finish them before wednesday! 😛

          • Yes, yes, you will. 😛

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        I have a 6 inch scar on the inside of my upper arm. I got it when I was little and one of my experiments backfired. **don’t ask what it was … not saying**.

        • Holly

          Well that sounds…ominous. But I respect your privacy.

          • Jakk Anthony Guzman

            I’m just embarrassed by it, Holly. I used to love to climb trees and one day I got the idea to pound huge ten inch nails into a tree to make it easier to climb. About half-way up the tree the nail I was standing on gave way and I fell down. On the way down one of the nail heads caught on my upper arm and gave me a nasty gash.

          • Holly

            WOW. OUCH. That just sounds painful But that is a much more innocuous reason than I was thinking. I thought there was an accident involving a biology/chemistry/wood burning kit.

          • Ouch!

          • Steven K.

            Yeah – add another “Ouch!” from me to the chorus.

        • Uh oh. You do realize that you’ve made me even more curious?

      • Holly

        MUFFINS!!!!

    • Holly!!!! Missed You!!!

      And there is nothing I can think of except that I have “stealth” gray hairs. You can only see them when my hair is pulled back and when I tried to photograph them, they only showed up when I used the flash.

      • Holly

        Oki Doki. 😛

        I feel like asking the campers more questions, but I’m not sure I should.

        • It is really funny, because I have dark hair and they kind of stand out a bit, but I have to use the flash on the camera to get them to show up in a pic.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      A rather obvious scar on my abdomen of about 3 cm length from my childhood when I hit by a (mercifully slow moving) truck and almost had my spleen out. Two far smaller and less obvious scars on my wrist and side of nose from my teenage years when I had a dream that the house was on fire and tried to jump out the window.

    • Steven K.

      Ummmm…..maybe I shouldn’t even go there ….but….and maybe it’s just more of a focus for a gay-guys, especially those of us who are very phallophilic…..uh….well, penises are often VERY distinctive – in my opinion, often almost as much as faces are distinctive. If I know certain parts intimately, I’m sure I could identify that fellow with those parts BY those parts. There is many a gay porn star that be identified by the various factors of the size, shape, proportions, coloration, surface features, state of circumcision or not, and probably a dozen other detailed features I won’t go into, of his membrum weirilis alone – and I think that could be extended to members of the male populace in general.

      • Holly

        STEVEN! I edited my post LONG before you made this reply. So you will now explain to me why your penis is “visible normally.”

        • Steven K.

          I guess I misunderstood the question.

        • Steven K.

          All I got was “is really identifiable that someone might not know about if they only
          saw you in photos. I.E. A piercing that can’t be seen, a birth mark that
          you angle out of shots”. I was thinking something very identifiable that someone might not know if they only saw you in photos (I was assuming you meant photos including the face and with clothes on).

        • Steven K.

          Maybe I didn’t get the edit? – I didn’t get the part that says it should be something that is “visible normally”. Although, in the gay personals on-line community, I’d be forced to say or admit that, for over half the members, showing those parts at some point or another, if not right on up there as the main profile picture, is pretty “normal”. Not that I do that typically, mind you, unless they think enough of me to want to talk or message or text or e-mail privately, etc.

      • Adam Black

        Now I need to go look up “membrum weirilis ”

        You need to offer an online penis anatomy course.
        We’ll get some models so you can point out differences

        • Steven K.

          Simply, “male member”, or “member of (a) man”.

          • Adam Black

            How disappointing.

            you just evaporated my higher purpose studying photographs of models to expand my lexigraphic talents

    • mogoskier

      I’m going to say my freckles. And thank you for the cookie

    • Sapfo

      The Holly is back….and I missed you. Both during camping and your presence.

  • Michelle Grifka

    Christmas sale at Macy’s is serious business. 🙂

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    For those that might not be aware, the new page is up.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Thank you!