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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 24

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Hello, Mitch! With your owl hearing… And your ears directly pointing at Kyle, Paul and Spooky talking…

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So! Flyboy has been standing outside, waiting for them, not a hair harmed on his head. Fluke has apologized for creating the wrong impression. And Kyle apparently has “learned his lesson.” What’s next for these crazy kids?

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  • Mitch!!!!!!!

    • Holly

      MITCH NEXT PAGE?!

      • Well, he doesn’t get to speak, but we do get that glimpse of him in that first panel. I am happy. ^_^

        • Holly

          Yes I know, I’m just hoping this means they will reach him by next page

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Next page: all three of them trip and fall over, halting their forward progress.

          • They trip in slow motion like that blooper from Monsters Inc.

          • Holly

            Paul: It was good luck that we were able to get this information. *EPIC FALL*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Then when Paul tries to get back up, he slips on a banana peel. (Actually, if Mitch were to set that up ahead of time, would slipping on it help charge Paul’s powers, or not because it isn’t truly “luck” at play?)

          • Holly

            I think if Mitch just Tosses the banana peel from his snack we are okay ^_^

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Great idea!

          • This is lovely conjecture, but Danish will still trip and fall on her keyboard and get the virgin. LOL.

          • And as he falls, he arms wave wildly in the air.

            EPIC FLAIL

            Sorry. I’ll see myself out.

    • Wow given that it is MITCH Doki is after he might actually BE a virgin. LOL.

    • Caffienated

      Flying Penguin!

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    no mitch 🙁

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Well, one Mitch.

      • Jakk Anthony Guzman

        I was hoping to see more of him, but I guess the next page…

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Yay, next page Mitch!

          • b3nc0

            Alright, it has been maybe next page for 4 pages now…

          • stickfigurefairytales

            But he was in this page, at least! Didn’t get to talk, but still in it!

  • Sapfo

    I thought I needed a hero, but I need a bf how makes me dinner.

  • Jakk Anthony Guzman

    I thought we would see more of Mitch.

  • Holly

    DAMN IT DOKI!

    • Holly

      No seriously you get the V and i was reply to you on the last page before I refreshed. SUSPICION!!!

      • *lol*..wel I was replying/ranting to you about the noise. Another reason to hate it. It distracts me xD

      • *looks completely innocent* But I didn’t force you to respond to me right at that moment.

        • Holly

          DO NOT EVEN START! *shares jellybeans* I still love you still.

          • Yay! Jellybeans! Can I have the black and red ones?

          • Holly

            YOU SURE AN HAVE THE BLACK ONES!

          • Half of the reds?

          • Holly

            naw you can have the reds. I’m just happy you want the black jellybeans. The only thing worse than black jelly beans is when you THINK they are purple ones. T_T

          • Really? I hate thinking I have a black and it turns out to be purple…..

          • Holly

            My favorite is white. I like green too. But it’s always a toss up. I mean i like all the green ones, but it sucks when you think you are getting like green apple and instead it’s spearamint. Or vice versa

          • Oh yeah, that can be a bit of a pain. So I have the black and red, you have the while and green, so who will take the orange, yellow, pink and purple?

          • Holly

            I get Orange and Purple
            You get Yellow and pink.

          • Can I give the pink away?

          • Holly

            OKAY ^_^

  • Holly

    Yes Kyle you should have known better. But he was handsome, and charming, and also gay. It was hard not to be swept up. I mean, how else could a closeted 17 year old date?

    • Steven K.

      And let’s not forget fireproof. Who else could a closeted-17-year-old-who-needs-someone-fireproof date?

      • Holly

        I’ve been trying to deal with that in the script for my comic. The first time the main characters hook up, should the pyromancer burn down the room, and does the other one get hurt?

  • Sapfo

    Oh, Paul! Thats so cute. Protectiv of your friends.

  • Well Mitch got back to the car pretty quick. He wasn’t spying AT ALL!!

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      At least we know he is still alive!

    • Oh nooooooo….. I’m sure not. He would NEVER….
      awwwww who am I kidding.

      • Nope NOT SPYING! See he was by the car the WHOLE TIME.

        Or as Sofia mentioned, he’s using the Force so make it seem soo.

        • SofiaT

          “These are not the droids you’re… um, I have been waiting here the whooooole time. The whoooooole time”.

    • Ian Love

      Right after the way no one wanted to really spill the details in the earlier panels, and how they were basically treating him like a kid of course he would be curious, and knowing how Mitch it, it’s pretty expected to see him there ease dropping. I’m curious to see what will he do with that information.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Aw, Paul. You’re such a sweetie. And yay, Mitch hasn’t been eaten by any monsters!

    • Holly

      I would eat Mitch.

      I mean…. UM…My linguistic software is boken >_>

    • Alex doesn’t want that much angry email from the Mitch lovers. HA!

  • Spooky es la de un hombre maravilloso. Por favor, le enviaremos cerca para una visita.

    • Steven K.

      OK, Chris – I know you’ve been pining for Spooky, but before that you were pining for Paul. I think Paul almost came out himself in this page, so…..I’m surprised no Pavlovian response to that from you yet?

      • silibub

        *points* Ha! It wasn’t just me!

      • HA… I’m greedy. Can’t I dream of both? 😀

        • Holly

          Fantasies are free dearest 😉

        • Elrohir

          Okay…am I now the only one imagining a Chris sandwich between Kyle and Paul?
          Oh my, I’m going to have to ponder this scenario to see if I had any ulterior motives for it.Oh yes, I forsee hours and hours of pondering…relaxing with my thoughts…

          “You use your left hand or right hand to do that?”

          • Cydney Sabin

            With Spooky saying “I’ll get the camera.”

  • Steven K.

    Awww. Kyle’s back to self-flagellating again – and blaming himself, that he “let this happen” :_(

  • SofiaT

    Hm. Is that raised arm helping him listen better or something?

    • He looks like he’s about to call out a greeting.

      • SofiaT

        I half-expect him to use The Force for telekinesis or something.

        • HA! I like that.

          Edit: But you’re right. It does look like he’s about to use The Force.

  • Sapfo

    Let´s say Mitch have been standing there the whole time. Was there really someone a the window?

    • SofiaT

      I have a feeling our sneaky Flyboy just rushed back to the car when they were about to come out.

      • Sapfo

        But what if he wasn´t. Are there others in the area? Hmm!

        • SofiaT

          Wouldn’t he have noticed with his super-senses if someone else was around? It doesn’t say much about him as a guard if he did…

          • stickfigurefairytales

            He has the obliviousness of an ostrich with its head in the sand!

          • Holly

            Ostrich do not actually do that…

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I know… 😛
            He also has the popular misconceptions of a kiwi bird!

          • Holly

            VIOLENT AS A CASSOWARY!!!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            As hyperactive as a hummingbird!

          • Holly

            Peacocks like a…peacock…YEA

          • Cydney Sabin

            The grace of a swan! Or maybe a duck…

          • Sapfo

            We dont really know if he have super-senses (or do we o.O)
            He can fly, he is strong….

          • Holly

            Eyes like an Eagle!

          • SofiaT

            Super hearing and eye-sight 🙂

          • Sapfo

            was that not just we speculating?

          • Holly

            PAGE FIVE Mitch says he has eagle vision.

          • SofiaT
        • Jakk Anthony Guzman

          Duncan told him that he would take him to a place far from people where he couldn’t hurt anyone. So presumably, he is in the middle of nowhere.

  • NovaLaMason

    Spooks and Kyle need to fuck.

    Ahmjussayin.

    • Elrohir

      Which WAS the subject of one of the porn storylines in the interlude where they were looking at porn on the computer. Which might argue that Alex is of a similar mindset. 🙂

  • SofiaT

    yay!! Hottest cartoon characters of all time.

    If multiple voting is possible, I can guarantee a spot for Duncan in one of the first places. I can click re-fresh pretty fast 😀

    • stickfigurefairytales

      It looks like multiple voting is indeed possible.

      • SofiaT

        >:D

  • Madock345

    I think spooky was actually looking for the answer “Don’t date super villains.”

    • Holly

      His expression in the next panel does kind of say “Um..good, but not what I was hinting at bud.”

  • WarGoddess

    I feel like such a bad person for still loving Duncan and holding onto the hope that he really is trying to avoid some other worse calamity, or that he may have been forced into something like this. I just know from reading so many comic books and stories that often the one person you hate because of how he acts ends up being a hero in the end. Take Severus Snape in Harry Potter, for example. Everyone was so damned convinced that he was so horrible, and that he was still loyal to Voldemort, when it wasn’t really like that at all.

    The reason I feel bad is because I know that Duncan hurt Kyle, and that he went to great lengths to betray him, and I know that Kyle feels responsible for what happened, yet I still like Duncan. I still feel as if there are a lot of questions that still haven’t been answered, and possibilities that haven’t been pursued. Anyone out there agree with what I’m saying? If you don’t, I understand.

    • SofiaT

      I agree with everything but the “feeling bad” part 😉

      • WarGoddess

        Hmm, you’re right! I should not feel bad for having my own opinion! I should only feel bad if I were to shove that opinion down other people’s throats! That is one of the things that should never go down someone’s throat! 😀

        I’m gonna go to bed now. I have college in the morning, and my eyes are tired. Goodnight!!!! 😀

        • Night sweetie!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Goodnight!

        • SofiaT

          Very well said. 🙂

          Good night!

        • Night!

        • Holly

          NIGHT!!!

    • silibub

      Obviously I agree, haha. Even while I believe his primary motivations are selfish — retaining his powers, trying to cheat death — I’m clinging to the hope that there’s some other justification for his demonic contract. If he really is planning to interfere with some bigger crisis, well, it won’t erase what he’s done, but it’ll make him more forgivable. And I really, really want him to be forgivable in the end!

  • silibub

    Mitch, cutie pie! I’m sure he’s gonna have some questions, since there’s no way he’s not overhearing this (and even assuming he wasn’t eavesdropping before, which, c’mon, he totally was).

    Hm, it makes me weirdly sad that Kyle says some things should always be out of bounds. I’m not sure where I fall as far as shipping Kyle and Duncan, but I’m still deeply invested in their relationship and its resolution, and to hear him put it that way is just. I don’t know. I guess knowing it all definitely meant something to Duncan makes me want it to have meant something to Kyle too — something beyond “a supervillain manipulated me and it’s never going to happen again, sure learned my lesson there.” (And I wish Kyle would stop blaming himself entirely for this! Dude, the fate of the world is not actually your sole responsibility, and wasn’t something you should have been thinking of when you decided to have sex for the first time. Christ.)

    Anyway. I might be twisting his words, but I’m not emotionally ready for him to completely dismiss Duncan as a bad decision and nothing more. There’s something deeper at play here, and it might be hopelessly optimistic, but I’m crossing my fingers for a redemption arc. Even if they don’t end up together, I want them to tie up loose ends and come to some kind of understanding.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I think there’s still potential for that in the long run, just not right at this moment.

      • silibub

        I definitely hope so!

    • WarGoddess

      I so love your reasoning. Kudos everywhere!!! 😀

    • Jamie Dutton

      Maybe I’m reading this wrong, but I think that part of what Kyle is saying out loud is what he thinks he should say? He knows what his friends want to hear so he’s telling them that part, but he’s keeping the confusing emotional stuff to himself, cause he knows what kind of reaction that would get.
      But then I’m a hopeless romantic :p

      • silibub

        That could very well be the case. I’m sure, since Kyle feels personally responsible for the crisis, that he wants to assure his friends (and eventually the rest of his team) that he knows he messed up and that his first priority is to fix it. Getting into his deeper feelings concerning Duncan and his experiences would muddle that message, and I think right now he just wants his team members’ trust. Completely denouncing the villain helps, there.

    • David Welbourn

      I like the idea of possible redemption for Duncan, but I hadn’t considered the possibility that Kyle and Duncan might end up as sorta-friends instead of lovers. That would be an interesting resolution.

      Also, Fluke’s comment reminds me of a bit of business from the videogame Grim Fandango. The player character rebukes the femme fatale that she has bad taste in men. Her reply: “I don’t have bad taste in men. I have a taste for bad men. There’s a difference.”

      Always loved that line.

  • Indeed, Fluke. Very good points. Such a great friend. Now it’s time for a Spooky line again.

    Kyyyle! Might be right in hindsight, and a lesson learned, but there’s a lot of times in life we shoudl have known better. Good thing is that we (most often) learn by our mistakes and fo forward from there.

    Next, time to plan how you screw up the plans of evil doings.

  • Sapfo

    I don´t know why I am afraid that Kyle is going to end up like Killer and Hunter. Well maybe not just like them. But still Going of hunting bad guys. Not really thinking of how gets in the way.
    I hope Kyle will still have a good moral compas after this is all over.
    (But then he is the hero)

    • I don’t think Kyle would ever go that far, that would be too much against his nature.

      • Holly

        I AGREE WITH DOKI! It really doesn’t seem his style. Maybe a little Jason Todd, but definitely not like Hunter and Killer

  • Madock345

    The sexist cartoon men thing is acting weird. The votes don’t seem to be consistent across refreshes, and a character I added vanished almost immediately. Is anyone else having problems like this?

    • Yes. Disqus is changing software under our feet and it’s all wonky.

  • Holly

    Okay so I was listening to this funny band because one of their songs made me think about our jokes about Mitch. And one of the band members has the most INTENSE blue eyes, just UGH SO INTENSE, But he wears a mask that covers everything except his eyes. So I got curious, and i looked him up. And he’s not BAD looking, but he’s just not as good looking as his awesome eyes implied.

    I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THAT HAPPEN IN A SUPERHERO COMIC! “Um…maybe put the mask back on.”

    • That would definitely be a different twist on things. ^_^

  • Sapfo

    Beautiful sky!
    That bunker has too many bad memories. To finally see Kyle get out of there and into this beautiful nature again feels good.

    Alex, Veronica, Adam, thank you! ^_^

    Edit: And Now I have to run of to work. NOOoo!

  • silibub

    And ehhh, maybe it’s foolish to read a bit into the way Paul worded things in the third and fourth panels, but damn if it isn’t fun! What a good friend, though, regardless — that was a great way to respond, owning up right away to the fact that he might have made Kyle feel judged, and making it perfectly clear that Kyle’s sexuality won’t affect their friendship. A+, Paul!

    Also, an unexpectedly mom-like line from Spooky there. I wonder what answer he really wanted.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Okay, I’m going to head to bed too. Goodnight everybody!

  • Toli Bera

    Kyle, you’re young, you’re still learning, hell in the same situation if any one of us had the same opportunity we’d jump all over it (him) too. don’t beat yourself up over it. beat HIM up for being a totes fart party.

  • Oh Alex, Adam & Veronica this is another wonderful step for character and for the physical world. Thank you for the time and effort.

    P#1: I love the glimpse of Mitch. We don’t know what he’s listened in on yet, but we know he’s okay and that was important to a lot of us in this moment. I love his gesture of “I’m over here!” And again you give us a tricky complex composition with a lot of information about where everyone is in relation with each other. Alex, I love that you bring Kyle back around to double check on the gay issue. It’s soul-important to us that that the people we love do REALLY care for us. One joke from Spooky does not solve all (although it sure helped us in that first crisis).

    P#2: You keep having Paul say just the right things. His words say to me that he is a true blue, give you the shirt of his back and his last ten dollars kind of friend to Kyle and that means so much. That’s like air for us human beings. Adam and Vero, his expression is perfect. So sincere and longing for Kyle to trust him. I just love it.

    P#3: I love this halted sentence. So much more wanted to be said here by Paul. Looking at Kyle and Spooky’s intent focus on him and I have no problem understanding why he stopped where he did. Again, the expressions make these panels. (I, very personally, hope this is said because Paul knows what Kyle is feeling from the inside… but that’s still unknown and I understand).

    P#4: Kyle. Maybe a little self-flagellation. That is probably going to be something he works through over time. But this also felt like a “lesson learned” truly. Just that simple lesson we gays learn about leaving phone numbers and addresses when we go home with a hot stranger for the first time. Just life cautions. I would be last person on earth to urge people to a non-sexual life, but we can proudly also have a careful one. We don’t know people on short acquaintance and it’s worth having our friend have our back. Kyle learned that a VERY hard way. I have the non-hell version of that t-shirt.

    P#5: I agree with all those who say Spooky also learned this the hard way. He says that question like one who knows. Again his expression is almost sheepish. There is no arrogance here. I feel like he has ultimate sympathy for what Kyle is going through in learning this lesson

    I also love the mountains behind them. It’s such beautiful composition and painting and a wonderful contrast to the claustrophobia of the warehouse. Plaudits to you all for such lovely work. Their world is beautiful and thus worth fighting for at every turn.

    P#6: I know I’m putting myself into Kyle. This is just my interpretation of his line… he’s not saying don’t date the Duncan’s of the world… I read that he’s saying don’t be foolish, don’t be reckless. Trust your friends to know you and love you and have your back.

    P#7: He’s saying with a little more smarts I could have avoided all of this. Yeah there’s some self-condemnation there (how could there not be), but there’s also a very young man growing up a bit more and thinking hard about who he wants to be. Hopefully he’s learned and he WON’T do this again.

    Alex I think you put some smart character growth and introspection into this page without become sappy. Things we can all relate to, gay or straight… and that is NOT an easy thing. Adam and Vero these expressions and this environment is beautifully expressive and makes us understand these young men on a deeper level and makes us want to be there with them. Sincere thanks. This is special work and a real pleasure.

    • silibub

      I hope your interpretation of Kyle’s “lesson” is the correct one; I definitely had my own knee-jerk reading and it hurt me right in the feelings…organ. Yeah.

      I really loved Paul’s broken-off sentence, too! Dialogue like that is so realistic and really helps convey the tone. Paul’s definitely feeling a lot right now, too, and more than anything seems to want Kyle to know he’s on his side no matter what. Gotta love him for that — this kind of unconditional support is exactly what Kyle needs. And Spooky — I just really want to know what’s going on in his head. If he’s gone through something similar, I wonder if he’ll tell Kyle about it in private once they have a chance. I hope so, because whatever it might have been, Spooky came out of it as a confident, stable individual and would be a great guide for Kyle while he processes what he’s been through tonight.

      • Kyle’s lesson is one of only two… celibate and self-flagellating for good or he’s learned that in searching for love you need your friends to help you keep your head.

        The gay part isn’t optional… erm… not really. But look who I’m talking to.

        And if Paul really has feelings for Kyle that makes any kind of exposure really vulnerable. THIS is probably NOT the right time to heap any complex emo-head trips on his friend’s head. I think he’s wise to wait.

        • silibub

          Yes, first save the world, then worry about confessing your possible feelings for your buddy, haha!

          I’m just worried that Kyle’s leaning too heavily toward self-blame and “I was wrong to indulge my feelings” rather than “In the future I should go to my friends for support instead of blindly taking risks.”

          • Elrohir

            I have to say that I read the statement maybe a little too drastically myself. Taking his statement as he should have known better than to seek or expect a normal life. I hope that I’m wrong. But that’s just the gut reaction that I had to that panel. And if that is his initial reaction then I hope that he can eventually learn to forgive himself (which I think many of you will know is a much harder lesson than learning to forgive others).
            Our friend Kyle did nothing more than exhibit bad judgement which is a not unknown occurrence of youth (it certainly was true of mine). But his perspective of the situation is different than that. Perhaps with time and the support of his friends he can see a bit farther. I hope so. I really do. For his sake and mine.

    • Thank you again for a wonderful comment, Chris. I always look forward to reading them. 🙂

    • Frater Gymnos

      I didn’t know anybody else left the “name”, phone number and address of tricks on their desk when meeting someone new. I just thought I was being too dramatic!

  • Adam Black

    Anyone want to take bets if Mitch kisses Kyle in the next set of panels?

    • silibub

      Definitely a pleasing visual, but I’m afraid it would probably be too much, too soon after what Kyle’s been through. Maybe someday…

      • Adam Black

        HA! like that ever stopped @Alex Woolfson:disqus .
        All the more reason it will happen.

    • Holly

      no… I will not take the bet because I am conflicted

    • Et il est de notre provocateur!

      • Adam Black

        and you @smsif:disqus ?

        • Sapfo

          Me? I would love a good hard kiss!
          But Kyle have only dated (one) old gray men.

          I don´t think that is what´s going to happen. I think that Mitch will go up to Kyle. Rip of his kilt (which he put on just for this scene), hug Kyle and the fly of with him 😀

          It is the only logical thing that could happen.

    • Frater Gymnos

      Je pense que si, mais seulement en mes reves!

      • Mes rêves … avoir plus Spooky et Paul baisers, mais c’est tout bon.

        • Frater Gymnos

          ah, oui….. que seduissant

    • Cman65

      Well somebody should kiss him and mean it

  • Saxon_Brenton

    My main question at this point is whether Mitch has had time to recover his composure from what he’s learnt by eavesdropping with that Owl Hearing of his, *and* whether he has the acting skills to play it cool. Because c’mon, we know from both the end of interlude 1 and the flying car scene at the start of chapter 3 that he’s intensely curious and prone to sneaking about to satisfy that curiosity. The chances of him not having eavesdropped are IMNSHO ludicrously small. We also know that he has lousy poker face when startled (dropped car, anyone?). So, once again I ask the question: will Mitch say something well intentioned but which undoes all the work that Paul and Spooky have just done?

    • I’d vote that if Kyle couldn’t deal, Spooky and Paul would deal with it just fine. just my guess.

    • SofiaT

      I bet that he won’t last a minute without bursting in a thousand questions.

  • SofiaT

    Kyle hasn’t noticed Mitch yet. Watching his face when he does, will be interesting.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Not just interesting from a storytelling point of view, but indicative of Kyle’s mindset. So many possibilities, ranging from pleasant surprise at seeing another friend through a mildly bemused realisation of ‘Of course Mitch’s powers were how they managed to get here so fast’ through a horrified ‘Crap, they brought the blabbermouthy kid’ through to a stoically self-flaggelating ‘Dealing with the blabbermouthy kid is another thing I need to deal with if I’m going to set this straight’.

  • silibub

    Blah, I should go so I’m not a complete zombie at work tomorrow. Thanks for yet another beautiful and thought-provoking page — can’t wait for the next one!

  • KryX

    Did anyone else get the vibe that Paul may have had more to say in the third panel but caught myself? Did he have a confession of his own? Also, I don’t like where Kyle went in the last two panels. I think he has a lot more to work out about what has happened than even he knows yet. Nobody gets over a trauma that easily. There’s a process that everyone who has had something really bad happen to them has to go through to eventually get back on level ground. He can try to bottle it up but, it will eventually come out.

    • Donald Burch

      Kudos to Alex but Kyle’s behavior is consistent with trauma and stages of grief. It seems to me like he is saying to himself what he expects others to say to him. Spooky and Fluke refused to condemn his flawed humanity so he must do it himself.

  • Holly

    I’m going to call it a night
    night all ^^

  • SofiaT

    Did anyone else notice Fluke’s phrasing on the second panel and how much Kyle-like he’s acting? Ready to admit fault, ready to apologise.
    I don’t blame him or anything, I’m just surprised he’s the one to apologise for the “gay jokes” (even though he made none) and say “If I made you feel that way…”
    Meanwhile Spooky is cool as a cucumber.
    I think our friend Paul has issues of his own and I’ll be very interested to see his character come more in focus on a future arc (please Alex? please, please?)

    • Becky

      Hmmm, his phrasing made me wonder whether he’d prefer Kyle’s taste leaned towards HIM. 🙂

      • John

        My thoughts exactly

      • Frater Gymnos

        That’s what I got out of it!

      • Ian Love

        Hence the birth of a new ship.

        • Cydney Sabin

          *Waves FlukeHot flag*

    • He could have joked around at other times, but yes I took notice of that frasing myself. Between the line reading here? There’s always so many smaller clues given along the way that it can be hard to know 🙂

    • Frater Gymnos

      Yeah… I’ll add my pleas to that. I’m really liking the hints of Fluke’s complexity and am intrigued to know more.

  • I promise I won’t go back into my dismember violator-Duncan days, but I must admit I still feel pain when I read long joking strings about how Kyle should just get over this night and forgive Duncan.

    I still find what Duncan did to a VERY vulnerable young closeted gay boy horrific and very evil and, as of today, unforgivable. As of today, I’d still see Kyle as, the equivalent of a very battered wife returning to the worst sort of abusing husband.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t post what you feel, but I’m just sharing that I still feel pain when I read the events spoken of so lightly. As if the fact that he’s a gay boy alone makes it all okay. I can’t help but think if Kyle was YOUR friend or sister or lover who went through what Kyle went through, you’d be out for Duncan’s blood forever.

    Sorry, I’m not trying to be Debbie Downer. I’ve worked hard to put events in a perspective of a super hero comic, but I still feel this bit and Kyle’s emotional hardship deeply.

    I guess I just needed to share that. Thank you for understanding.

    • SofiaT

      Chris, I’m sorry you’re still affected so much in a way that brings you down. And I understand why someone joking like that about Kyle’s emotional state would make you sad or even annoy you -we’ve come pretty close to these characters and especially Kyle in the past few months.

      But, on this page (it might have happened on another page’s comments and I could have missed it) but on this page at least, while there’s generally plenty of fun and teasing -mostly when it comes to Flyboy- I didn’t read any comments joking about Kyle getting over this night and forgive Duncan. All I read was comments of people wishing it’s still possible. :0/

      • It’s certainly true that I could be pushing things read from several pages together. I guess I just think about his friends having been with Kyle 15-30 minutes tops and the idea that he would be over this experience… or have it figured out is unfathomable. It may take him years to get over parts of it, and other parts he may be able to deal with more quickly. Trauma is like that.

        It is true though that this is one of MY things and I have to keep it in perspective. I guess I just had to express it.

        Thanks for the nice note.

        • SofiaT

          Heh, there are several things -and sometimes comments too- that press my buttons.
          I’m just saying, you shouldn’t let yourself get upset over a misunderstanding. Someone wishing that at some point, some day, things between those two can be fixed isn’t the same as saying “will he get over it already??”.

          This isn’t a matter of taking sides and choosing Duncan instead of Kyle, it’s a matter of wanting two characters which we’ve come to love (I know that at least I love them both) can somehow end up happy. Not just one of them, but both.
          And it’s not a prophesy or a bet, it’s a cross-my-fingers-and-wish-for-the-impossible kinda wish.

        • Donald Burch

          Chris, if you didn’t feel strongly about the characters and the story then Alex would be failing as a writer. I have suffered abuse and I’ve faced the people closest to me saying “Oh, god, just GET OVER IT already!” Having felt that cruel sting, I can honestly say that I have not read one word like that from this community. Some hope for the best possible outcome — redemption and forgiveness not to belittle or demean Kyle’s trauma but to heal it. Shipping can also be a hopeful gesture, daydreaming that things can get better. It doesn’t mean they will but one can hope. My desire to to offer support and understanding. I hope I helped.

        • Thank you all, both above and below this post, who replied with such calm supportive thoughts. I had a very challenging emotional day yesterday, and despite my poorly worded post, a post that kind of blew out of me, I really appreciate these replies and this great group as a whole. My difficult reactions to some of Kyle’s story-events are my own, and exactly as Donald Burch expressed perfectly below, they are the welcome off-spring of very talented and effective story-telling.

          No one’s jokes nor ‘shipping’ thoughts brings this up for me. I did not mean to imply so. Honestly, it was just a tough tough day, combined with Alex’s good story telling and Adam & Veronica’s beautiful renditions of Kyle’s pained face, and the struggles combined to grab me. As it does from time to time.

          So I agree with Sofia, shipping can be a fine and wonderful wish, and the story will have it be what it needs to be, and honestly I have no problem with that and I enjoy reading everyone’s ideas immensely. I think everyone should be in love by chapter 5 (*snort*). It is a wonderful respite from real-life.

          Adam, I loved your thoughts on cheering for our heroes and boo-ing our villains. That is so true and you are so right, that’s a perspective I need to remember occasionally, particularly in dealing with the graphic novel format. A form I’ve spent less time with than prose, and it has it’s own type of influence.

          I do want to say that I understand Adam’s point about the influence of a WoG on our speculations, but I’m one of those who (in this very particular case) am very grateful that Adam shared THAT WoG. I’ve grown up with way too many years filled with stories where being gay means the character MUST die and being gay AND happy means they have to die sooner and more horribly. So, I really NEEDED to know that this was never going to be one of THOSE “punish the gay character stories.” So I appreciate your point but for me, I needed Alex’s WoG or I might not be reading today. So thank you for that Alex. I can appreciate you didn’t have many choices in managing that step, and I appreciate what you did.

          Enough! Done and done. And a big thank you. This is a particularly wonderful group and sharing and reading your thoughts is a wonderful break when one has a tough day/week/month. Take care one and all… and thanks.

    • Adam Black

      He is the Villain. You are supposed to hate him.

      He managed the paradoxical feat of being both rapey and giving the fandom blueballs.

      Villain-shippers feel free to express themselves with no apology;
      so why do you feel you have bend over backwards to apologize for your feelings?

      What if this was DC..?
      If people want to start shipping General Zod, Lex Luthpr and the Joker ,

      do we have to pretend the story hasnt set us up to hate them?

      and whats wrong with dismembering him anyway? Hes got healing.

      No matter what reversals might possibly come down later, he is unequivably the Villain right now, and its been set up that way a long time.

      Kyle was just naked in a fetal ball!

      You are supposed to be cheering on the heroes to take down the Villains. and NOt nicely .

      If people want to be contrary and ship right now, that’s their business. BUt you shouldnt let it ruin the story for you and take you out of the flow of the narrative that Alex wrote.

      We have a genuine gay hero. This isnt Rocky Horror where its Flipped around in protest of the culture. We arent ( yet ) adopting the sociopathic gay Villain as the true hero. And I hope thats not the story Alex wrote.

      It’s nice that you want to be sensitive to those who are unabashedly contrarily villain-shipping.

      But its also a little claustrophobic , and kind of reminds me of the homophobic state of the culture itself:
      The gay man has to apologize for his natural desires and isnt free to express them openly and, without equivocation, for fear of offense. Yet the dominant culture around him has the privilege of not doing that

      Isnt that like that …EVERYWHERE?

      ( If your feelings are based, like you pointed out, on identifying with the characters gender and sexuality , and not because you mistake yourself for the characters , then the analogy is quite apt )

      Lets take a poll …
      Who hates Duncan ?

      ME..

      Who thinks Duncan is going to get his ass kicked…?
      ME

      Anyone feel the need to Apologize …
      ( Kyle put your hand down! )

      for being mean to Duncan?
      NO!
      He ‘s the Villain

      You know, I think Tom Hiddleston ( LOKI ) , has a lot of Admirers too., … Tell me, Did you like it whenthe Hulk finally Bodyslammed him a few times , and put him in his place?

      This is no different …
      is it?

      Duncan has it coming. I’m going to enjoy it when he gets it and I am not going to apologize for it.

      If we are not allowed to hate on the villains and cheer on the heroes with no apologies, then there is emotional release for turmoil that has already happened —and it was endured for absolutely nothing.

      In otherwords Drama for Dramaqueen sake, and not for good narrative.

      Duncan can DIE, cant he?

      he hasnt been word-of-goded to stay alive… ?
      ( Please please … Give the shippers a sad romantic death, if you must. OK i will still laugh )

      Right Now, I am sorry that @alexwoolfson:disqus told us Kyle survives to the end.
      Its had the unintended consequence of making Duncan too safe, too redeemable, and to easy to ship.
      But @chrisdangerfield:disqus you do feel the consequences of the ship , because it is so obvious.

      If we didnt know that Kyle would survive, those feelings would be more universal . You wouldnt feel you have to apologize if Kyles life was on the line.

    • Steven K.

      Well, you know *I* pretty much totally agree with you.

  • For those of you that read EMR, themice has updated and ended Chapter 19. http://elanmeetsrafa.com/the-comic/ch19pg15

    You might need one of Chris’s crying towels.

    For any people that have yet to read Elan Meets Rafa, you can start to read this amazing story here: http://elanmeetsrafa.com/the-comic/

    • Donald Burch

      It’s amazing to be able to jump to EMR right from TYP. Thanks Doki! Thanks Alex for allowing the link and for allowing a little love for EMR on his site.

  • Oh Kyle…I know how much those jokes can hurt. I know. 🙁
    *hugs*

    • Kinziechan! …..have you been hiding? You missed out on camping. 🙁

      • Lots of things happening lately. Going on a vacation next week to check out a better Uni, starting a new position in my job and just been all over very busy. I miss camping. 🙁

        • *hugs* Good luck with the Uni! and the new job position! We miss having you around. How is the bf doing?

          • He’s good! Been busy with work. He’s looking to change jobs though. Not a fan of it.

          • Not a fan of him changing jobs, or he is changing jobs because he doesn’t like his current one?

          • He’s changing jobs because he’s not a fan of his current one.

          • Ah, well I hope he find a better one. ^_^

  • Alexander

    I think the real lesson he should have learnt is that he has friends who he can trust and rely on.

    • Adam Black

      thats what i was thinking.

  • I’ve figured out why Mitch has his hand raised!! He’s looking through his fingers and squishing his team mates. I squish you. I squish your head. What can I say, he was probably very bored sitting out there all on his lonesome. 😛

    • Ahahahahahah….

    • HA! And I who only read it as a small ‘all is fine out here’ gesture 😉

      • I’ve been staring at it and staring at it and suddenly it hit me.

        Of course he could be using the Force like Sofia thought. But this seemed quite possible too

  • vessto

    Another great page. I love Fluke’s remark in panel 4. Kyle never can hear more supporting words from his teammates.:D

    • Kyletin

      Maybe I’m overestimating his words, but they seemed a bit /directed/ to me, along with his “change of mind of phrase” in the panel above. I have suspicions in just how friendly Fluke IS.

      • vessto

        Imo Fluke appologized for possible previous jokes (like when they watched on Internet the fangirls vids made about them). He says he supports Kyle but not his taste of men (supervillains).

  • TwilightDreamer

    Lovely page, such wonderful friends 🙂 man, Fluke and Spooky are so different, but both such great friends in their own ways.

  • Frater Gymnos

    Nooooooo! He’s taking a vow of celibacy!!!!!!!!!!

    • Frater Gymnos

      But I love those wide, strips of panel. I don’t know why I like them so much, but there is something calming about these panels which extend across the full page, yet at the same time give us intimate slices of what’s going on.

  • Amy

    Poor Kyle. He had to learn the lesson after the mistake. Hopefully, he’ll see Duncan again… and use his power to make that selfish bastard completely bald! xD

    • Cman65

      Roast his nuts !

  • Tsunami (nor Spooky, for that matter) is not included in this ‘ranker’ poll.

    thus, i do not feel compelled to cast a ballot, at this time.

    • Klaus

      If you log in, you can add them.

      • i was looking for that option, while i was looking at all of this on my cell phone..

        ..i’ll take another look, now that i’m in front of a regular computer.

  • Pikinanou

    “I should have known better.” : the definition of Life.

    • fujoshifanatic

      You’re probably too young to know this, but that was a very popular Richard Marx song from waaaay back in the day:
      Should have known better/than to fall in love with you/now love is just a faded memory.
      Seems apropos here. And OMG I’m so old. An oldie, but a goodie, so there”s that.
      And yay Paul for being such a good, if brutally honest, friend!
      And lastly, I hope Fly Boy won”t get his young mind blown with all these revelations–although I would imagine that would be quite cute to watch.

  • Sapfo

    I am very suspicious right now. I do not belive that with all the planing and all the betraying role-play they, Duncan and Priestess, have done agains Kyle. That Duncan would just leave Kyle without keeping track of him? Or if not Duncan then Priestess should keep an eye on our young hero. This is something they have worked on for a very long time and to just leave Kyle, who is a loose thread, like this. No, I don´t belive they would do that. It would be very carless of them to do so.

    But perhaps they are full of pride and prejudice agains heros.

    • I think there’s a certain amount of hubris chez Duncan and PP. Or at least severe underestimation of Kyle and the gang, which is probably itself a reflection of hubris.

      It was really striking how completely shocked Duncan was that Kyle could hurt him, even though he [presumably] knew of Kyle’s parentage and had researched all the Hell magicky stuff with Sircea. He was also completely confident that Kyle would fall for their plan, to the point of saying that Sircea would have done it had Kyle been straight.

      So if it turns out they are tracking Kyle, I wouldn’t be surprisd. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if Duncan and Sircea have completely underestimated these “children”.

    • bronakopdin

      if we’re at suspicions: Maybe that one blinking star in panel 5 is in fact some ubber villain making his way to them!

      Ok that was lame xD

      but you’re right, I also can’t quite believe that they would just leave him be… especially with what they learned about him since I guess even they couldn’t have known about Kyle’s lineage

  • akonite

    While I’m still super curious about why the Annihilator isn’t seemingly concerned about our teen heroes, part of me is wondering if giving half of the planet to a demon prince is something to do with what I’m going to call “Chekhov’s Alien Invasion”* mentioned on their first date.

    * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chekhov's_gun

  • Steel_Man

    M-kay…

  • bronakopdin

    Mitch is back 😀
    and from the part of his face we can actually see he’s happy to finally see them get out of there xD

    Oh Kyle… I was sure that the interlude joking would be picked up again but so soon! And with Mitch (probably) listening xDD

    Though his bitterness makes me wanna hug him tightly 🙁

  • A2MOM

    I think this is one of the best pages in the entire comic, artistically and story-wise. Take away the superhero outfits and they could be just any group of young guys, supporting a friend. And everyone’s face, expression and perspective is beautifully drawn and colored. Very, very nicely done.

    • KryX

      I like the ‘take away the superhero outfits’ part.

  • Kate G

    IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII’M BAAAAAAACK!!!!! Sorry about the week absence, but dear old Katie has come down with….bronchitis. Do you know how hard it is to read Young Protector’s with bronchitis? Finally have this cough under somewhat normal control.

    How much do you want to bet Kyle hasn’t *quite* learned his lesson with Duncan? I have a feeling there will be meetings between these two later on, maybe not all that amicable but they will inevitably be thrown back together.

    And who’s been watching the Olympics? Some Olympics we’ve been having. Shaun White not getting gold in the half-pipe? I think Duncan had a hand in that.

    • I am deciding not to watch the Olympics this year.

      • Kate G

        It’s interesting to see the divide of who’s watching and who isn’t and for what reasons. I decided, after much thinking (and I had to think for a long while), that I would watch and support the outspoken and openly gay Olympians, especially in such a hostile nation.

        And I have to support all of the people (Russian and international) literally breaking the law, catching stray Russian dogs, and smuggling them out of the country. I cried when I found out what Putin was doing (being the big dog person I am.) Save the puppies!

        • All my support and love for the athletes, but I don’t care what Russia says, I would NOT feel safe over there at all. The dog thing was the last straw though.

          • Kate G

            Yea, I definitely understand. It really is a very individual thing. I have a big chip on my shoulder about the doggies. You do NOT touch the four-legged creatures, especially those that woof. You will become Enemy Number One. I staked out my neighbors for four years for a reason. I almost had to go down to camouflage!

          • I am actually against animal cruelty generally, not specifically dogs (I am not really a dog person, give me foxes, wolves, or new born puppies…..and maybe a few of the adult dogs, but for the most part they are annoying and stink….yes I love cats). I don’t like people that mistreat ANY animal. I think it says a lot about their character.

          • Kate G

            Yea, animal cruelty is horrible in general, but because I have an obsession for dogs from Autism, dogs are my “thing.” You don’t touch anything that barks. Foxes, jackals, wolves, domesticated dogs….if it’s a canine, no touchy.

            Kitties? Kitties don’t seem to like me, but I love big cats. I try to make friends with the domesticated kitties, but they just don’t want to be friends with me!

          • Danish tweeted this, and I thought you might like it.

            http://littlefriendsphoto.com/index2.php#!/4/underwater_dogs/1

          • Kate G

            HA HA HA!!!! I love those kinds of photos. Dog puns get to me too.

            This one has been my favorite for the past few days:

            http://cdn.thebarkpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/53.jpg

    • Adam Irving

      I don’t know, Shaun White’s like the granddaddy of snowboarding by now, isn’t he? He’s only five years or so younger than me. Ancient.

      • Kate G

        Shaun first appeared in the 2006 Winter Games, which were held in Turin, Italy and won his first gold there and defended that gold in 2012 at Vancouver. Snowboarding was first seen in the 1998 Nagano, Japan Olympics and officially added to the roster in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, so Shaun White is faaaaar from the grandfather of the half-pipe or snowboarding. He’s probably the one most people think of when you say “snowboarding” or “half-pipe,” but he’s definitely not that old! The oldest competing snowboarder in the Olympics is 33 and that’s Britain’s Jenny Jones, who won bronze in slopestyle.

        If he competes in the next Olympics….then we can call him “the grandfather.” If he competes in South Korea, he’ll be 31. He’s still doing pretty well; I think it was the half-pipe itself that got him.

        • Adam Irving

          Oh, that’s certainly true…but I grew up in Vermont, so have been hearing about White since the mid-90s. For me, he’s always been associated with the sport. Trick of timing and geography, I guess!

          • Kate G

            Me, I’m a military brat (Army!)….and when my dad finally got out of active duty….we settled in the Midwest. The closest thing we have to a snowboarding hill is, well….in Wisconsin (one state north!) and you can basically only sled it. It took until Turin for me to learn about White. And then it was like, “DUDE, THAT IS SO COOL!!!!!”

            Still can’t snowboard because I can’t SKATEBOARD without falling flat on my derriere. (My balance only goes so far. I can bicycle, inline and figure skate. Skateboard? Pft, yeah right.)

          • Adam Irving

            I’ve never snowboarded either. Kudos on being able to even figure skate (I always had issues with the stopping part of it…)! The best I can do is bike in a straight line. After growing up in NE, I have a hard time being in MN now and hearing people talk about skiing – I’m like, “But how? There are no hills!”

          • Kate G

            I’ve heard of people skiing here and I’m like, “How? There aren’t any significant hills here in Illinois!”

            Stopping on a skate is really easy, figures skates anyway. You just use the one of the edges of your skate (not the pick or the very end. Picks are for tricks like jumps or starting certain spins, neither of which I can do) and apply pressure against the ice. I’m not sure if the same applies for hockey skates. I prefer figure skates as they are lighter and that’s what I learned. Granted, they are more dangerous and they dull more easily if you have your own pair, but they are more easier to navigate and they do sharper turns and circles. My brother has to have hockey skates when we go to ice rinks as he did hockey. I do little circles around him because he can’t do that on hockey skates!

            Sucks when your sister has a skate that is beveled and at its sharpest is an 1/8″ thick and yours aren’t beveled are are a 1/4″ thick. You aren’t going to be able to do teeny tiny circles, now are you? HA HA HA!

          • Adam Irving

            “Stopping on a skate is really easy.” You don’t know the number of times I heard that…usually before I’d try and fall on my face. As I understand it with hockey skates, to stop fast, you have to pivot a little so that the edge of your skates are turned perpendicular to the direction you’re traveling in, stopping you through friction. I would always either just swoop off into a different direction or stop too fast and pitch over. Good thing children are made out of rubber, or I’d have been in trouble. Perhaps why I haven’t skated in a long, long time…

            Good memories about skating, and way to skate circles around your brother!

          • Kate G

            HA HA true! I fell on my butt the first few times I tried to brake on skates that didn’t involve crashing into the boards! I was quite good at that!

            Now, inline skates….I always fall braking on those!

          • But isn’t there some wonderful sport where some (marginally) sober comrade of yours pulls you via a dodgy rope attached to the back of his pickup… on skis… in the snow with a para-sail on… and you ski until you take off?

            http://footage.framepool.com/qf/243589587.pic

          • Adam Irving

            That’s a sport? I figured that was just what everyone’s after school program was like…

          • HA… well there is that also…

    • It’s because he cut his hair. I’m convinced.

      • Kate G

        BAH HA HA HA HA HA! *coughs from laughing so hard*

        Maybe he should have saved the cutting for AFTER getting the gold? I think he looks much better with it short, but that’s me.

        All of the snowboarders were complaining about the pipe, so I’m half-convinced it’s the pipe. The other half we can blame on the hair. Or maybe he was using the wrong conditioner that morning. The Swiss guy switched his conditioner with pomade.

        • Well I can’t complain too much. I know he initially cut his hair and donated it to Locks of Love, but then he didn’t grow it back out.

          • Kate G

            I didn’t know that! I just knew he cut it and I had to look twice like, “That’s Shaun White?! SERIOUSLY?!”

            All of this talk of hair is reminding me I need to see when my hair trim is. I think I accidentally missed my hair trim because I had bronchitis and now I need to get in ASAP.

          • It was done over a year ago I think. I’m not sure why that stuck with me.

  • Shinashi

    I have a feeling that Spook is going to say some sexy advice in regards to this “should have know better” *waits*

  • Adam Irving

    One of these days, the text below the comic is going to read something like “there are now so many bonus days, you’ve funded the first three pages of the NEXT ENTIRE COMIC.” 🙂 Seriously, what a great group of people.

    Oh, and yet another glorious page!

  • Okay, to the Spooky is Straight Committee. Look at Panel#6 and see how worried Spooky’s face looks when he asks Kyle what the lesson learned IS… (I mean it could be anything) and he continues to look just as concerned at the back of Kyle’s head in the following panel while he answers.

    Now I dedicate this to @DanishWolf:disqus, under the Spooky is Bi Category of speculation. But, what if his expressions is one that is worried that Alex is going to answer that question with… “I’ll never date another man again… EVER! My sin caused all of this!”

    If I were Spooky and I had feelings for Alex, I might be worried that Alex could blame events on being “Gay”… it’s not an uncommon thing. OMG, it’s frightening how many people confuse a bad date and make it their fault.

    So, there… my attempt to to keep the flicker flame of the idea that Spooky is Gay (or Bi) alive for yet another page… Hey? Why not? Until he and The Commander ‘go-out’, he’s fair game. LOL.

    (sorry Alex… can’t help it… *grins*)

    • Sapfo

      Gay, bi, straight? How cares! He is hot! 🙂
      I would not mind teaching him a thing or two 😉

      • I know you could!!!! LOL.

        • Sapfo

          I would really like to know what more he can do with his magic fingers XD

          • Like you… I’m sure it’s magic. 🙂

          • Sapfo

            I came here to make a serious comment, but now I have completely forgotten what it 🙂
            Well, if it was good I will remember it later on.

          • It’s not my fault! I blame Spooky’s magic fingers. Like the bed, you give him a quarter…

    • Jackal

      See, I like straight!Spooky simply because of how little he minds all this gay shit happening around him. There aren’t nearly enough straight male characters that are so awesomely secure. (And the Commander needs love, though I think she’ll find it off the team, since they’ve got a kind of Wendy and the Lost Boys thing going on. XD)

      • ….would that make Flyboy Peter?

        • Simple. Alex is Peter Pan. 🙂
          Now the real question is… who is Tink?

          • Sapfo

            Can I be Tink? ^_^

          • So you want to kill Wendy (Commander) so you can have Peter (Alex) to yourself?

          • Sapfo

            yeeeaaah? <.<

          • Huh…..Then I guess you can be Tink. ^_^

          • Sapfo

            But Chris have not okayed it yet. So I have to wait……

          • I’m just stuck… sure you can be Tink, but I just can’t picture The Commander ever flying around at night in a flannel nightgown??? It just doesn’t seem “her.”

            Besides, if Alex is Peter, than Wendy has to become William and the whole thing gets complicated. I think I might have commented myself into a corner. LOL.

            *chris wanders off in search of lunch to raise the blood sugar*

          • Sapfo

            YAY! I am now Tink… but how is Hook?

            Edit: I have a muffin if you want it. ^_^

          • ME! xD

          • Hmmmmm, then can I be Smee?

          • Genius

          • I should have know. 😀

          • *wicked laugh* Of course.

            Well you know.. I get my virgins hook, line and sinker 😉

      • I see your point about minding about GAY SHIT. Bad stuff that… Maybe Tsunami can step in and help?

    • *Sigh* Such a troublemaker, Mr. Dangerfield. What am I to do with you? 😛

      • Throw muffins at me. Delicious muffins. 😛

        • *winds up and pitches a chocolate muffin* Oh look at that, right in the open mouth!

          • It’s not like I wasn’t trying to help. Now, throw apple fritters… go on… I dares ya!

          • *winds up and tosses it long* Awww look at Chris scamper. 😛

          • Well damn… it’s an apple fritter… what do you expect! LOL.

          • Magical things apple fritters.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Oh Chris, you obviously avoided the Dark And Paranoid Conspiracy Theory Stick, because there are *much* worse self-recriminations that Kyle could indulge in. ‘I’m half demon, so of course I’m tempted to do sinful things, like dating supervillains and being attracted to men’ unpleasantly springs to mind. Hopefully his perspective isn’t that badly warped, because Spooky would really have his work cut out for him trying to dispel sort of fallacious thinking.

      • It’s so complicated for gay half-demons, but you clearly understand that. Thanks Saxon. 🙂

    • Frater Gymnos

      I’m going with the bi-ish Spooky (sort of like monogamish). I think in his generation it is more fashionable to at least appear fluid so as not to be thought of as narrow-minded. i can see him with a guy or two over his sexual life, but for some reason, I can’t see him (not to say this isn’t true) as completely gay.

    • Elrohir

      First…let me explain that the silly mouse on my system slid as I clicked on reply so that down vote is a complete error (in case one of the mods wants to remove it for me). Second, what I wanted to say is that while I have known some few (very few) completely str8 folks who are as relaxed and as comfortable with themselves as Spooky ceartainly seems to be (I refer to how easily he coped with the internet porn depicting him and Kyle and the set with him and Tsunami). Such people do exist, although not as often as I would like to find them.
      So, for completely selfish reasons I’d like to vote for the Spooky is Bi camp. It seems to fit the current facts just as well. And certainly my hopes as well. 🙂

      • SofiaT

        Mods can’t remove a downvote but if you downvoted someone by accident, you can easily correct it by pressing the red arrow again 🙂

        • Elrohir

          Sofia, your kindness is clearly only exceeded by your sparkling wit, charm and personality (evidenced in your posts).
          I figured it out within a few minutes of my post. But thanks so much for the rapid response.

      • *chris removes head from noose – whistles innocently — and waves cheerily to Elrohir*

        NO PROBLEM! All understandable and I’m quite fine. And I’m happy for Spooky to be one of any AND ALL of these categories, but I am WoR-ing this (oh… that’s Word of Reader) and have decided Spooky is Gay or Bi until their is WoG-type proof that his non-queerness is divine design and not just an accident.

        That said, thanks E. for not d-voting my blasphemous post and I find your Bi vote entirely reasonable Go SPOOKY!

        (Golly, I feel like we need one of those voting pages on this now. And I was just being silly.)

        • Elrohir

          “Elrohir looks around nervously imagining the disaster, mayhem and revenge that would be wreaked upon him by ‘The Gang of Many’ * if something untoward were to happen to Chris because of something stupid/foolish he did…then runs over grabs the noose and throws it away and gives Chris a rib bruising hug of apology”

          Please, please don’t scare me like that again!
          Who’s bright idea was it to design an interface with the down vote button right next to the reply button?!?!?! Sheesh! You might as well put the reply-all button right underneath the reply button in e-mail or something…umm…wait a minute…
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1CxlyMoFRs
          Your post wasn’t blasphemous at all. In fact when somebody is truly comfortable with themselves a lot of the behavioral indicators or clues aren’t available to us and things become confusing or difficult to determine. As when Sherlock first meets The Woman
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1hcFQzeq_Q
          In fact one of the str8 friends I know who is that comfortable actually turned to one of our gay friends in the lockers and asked him for his opinon on the trim he had done for his g/f. So I’m thinking that Spooky is just one of those rare humans we really need more of. I’m certainly up for cherishing his character no matter the direction of development. So count me in for waging the page by page campaign of hope! Umm…are we making signs or anything?
          *Editor’s Note: Where “Gang of Many” may include, but not be limitted to: Admiral Jane, Oki, Danish Wolf, Sofia, Sapfo, Alex, et al

          • (if that is supposed to be Doki, I made second on that list. ^_^ hehehehehe)

          • Elrohir

            It was and you are. 🙂

  • I am so far behind…..here are the pictures of the setting sun on the 10th. And I say setting sun, because the sun is still above the horizon in the last picture of this set. https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/118082431292164101352/albums/5965552982912125217/5979727388284631762?pid=5979727388284631762&oid=118082431292164101352

    And here are the pictures from the 11th: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/118082431292164101352/albums/5965552982912125217/5979753640678889042?pid=5979753640678889042&oid=118082431292164101352

    Oh and I have some pink jellybeans that Holly gave me, anyone want some?

    I also might be able to take some more snow photos from around the property tomorrow….if it hasn’t melted…

    • Jamie Dutton

      Hey doki, I’ll take those pink jellybeans off your hands! <3 jellybeans 🙂

      edit:
      gorgeous sunsets! You have a great eye, doki….now, now George don't get jealous! I meant doki has a great "artistic" eye.

      • Thank you Jamie! It isn’t that I hate the taste, it is just that I hate pink. ^_^

        • Jamie Dutton

          Btw, thanks for the links to the SGA fanfiction a few pages back! I cannot stop reading it!

          • Thank Chris, he is the one who gave them to me. ^_^ They are really good aren’t they? ^_^ I had the same problem. ^_^

  • Here you go @chrisdangerfield:disqus. ^_^ The second part of my list is up at last. ^_^ More will come, I am not sure how soon though. ^_^ But I will keep you updated. http://dokidokibaka.livejournal.com/tag/webcomics

    And if anyone would like to read @stickfigurefairytales:disqus impromptu mini-fanfic shower scene again between Spooky, Paul, and Mitch, she gave me permission to save her story on my LJ and you can read it here: http://dokidokibaka.livejournal.com/tag/typ%20fanfic

    • Frater Gymnos

      We are assuming that this is sometime in the future when they are all of age… aren’t we?

    • You are an angel! Thanks. And, methinks StickFigure has a hot blog somewhere and isn’t telling. That little fanfic came up wayyyyy too easily. Hmmmmmm.

      *chris gets out his Sherlock hat*

      Hey! I never said I wasn’t a geek.

  • Sapfo

    When the new page uploaded yesterday, I followed the oh so well selected link that our dear Alex provided. I think that the hot flamming hero, also known as Kyle was at a double digit placement on the list. Today, this morning, befor dear Chris distracted me. I examened the list again. Let’s just say that the high placement of Kyle, Duncan and Deacon made me smile 🙂

    • Yes, and now the other guys from TYP has been added too. I voted for them all xD

      .. and of course Dick Grayson. I have a huge thing for Nightwing.

    • left eyes right eyes*
      I admit to nothing! 🙂

  • KingOfNymphs

    I think the lesson they wanted to hear was that he learned to tell his friends about things.

  • chillmorte

    “Dear,
    Princess Celestia,

    Today I have learnt that I shouldn’t be so reckless. That some things should always be out of bounds.”

    Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Now that Kyle has sufficiently beat himself up …..can we move along? Am I wrong or did Paul almost admit to being open to Kyle?

  • Jamie Dutton

    OOO, sexy pie charts! 😉

  • Steven K.

    Wow – Kyle seems to be leading the Ranker list by well over 100 votes! (And Duncan and Mitch not too far behind.)

    • Or if we are being cynical:

      Happy Single’s Awareness Day. ^_^

      • Steven K.

        Unfortunately I can relate to that all too well.

        • Yeah, but as I am snowed in for awhile and not having it shoved down my throat, I am at least going to try to be pleasant about it this year. ^_^

      • Me too. Most year’s it doesn’t bother me but this afternoon at work was a little difficult. Maybe because I have a little crush on a guy I work with.

        • Oh, yeah. Been there. *giggles* Probably the worst kept secret while I was there. My coworkers really enjoyed teasing the heck out of me. ^_^ Though those were fun times.

    • silibub

      And Happy Valentine’s Day to you! *throws heart-shaped confetti over everyone* Even if you hate the day itself, give a cool up-nod to the concept of love and people maybe buying you stuff because they love you!

  • Steven K.

    It would seem that Mitch is almost as ripped as Paul. If his definition is showing up so well under his supersuit as is shown in that first panel – I can see that he must be one of the frequent gym users as well. A hot and sweaty muscle-y Mitch fresh from working out – mmmm – someone fan me and get a time-machine ready. Though I have to admit to finding Kyle’s body no less attractive than that of Mitch or Paul.

  • Paul Giacinto

    okay, I’m enjoying this too much! I get happy to always see new pages here, and then depressed after I’m done reading them because then nothing is left for me to read till next time! I’m not going to guess what happens next or who is straight, gay, or bi. I will let the story unfold and enjoy it more that way. I just have to say that I was a reformed comic book nerd and your starting to cause my comic book addiction to kick in again. I even went to visit a store in town and can’t believe how much things have changed in the past 20 years. Gasp…thanks for letting me realize how old I’ve gotten… 😉
    Happy V-D day all!

    • Welcome, Paul! Glad to have you with us! (And there have been a lot of great graphic novels in the last 20 years. You’re in for a treat if you’re ready to dive back in. 🙂 )

  • Sapfo

    Happy V day!

    Here some how have the luck of having a snuggle moneky that they can play with today. But here is also some singel people out here. So for all the singels out there how want a little eyecandy.

    Have a great day all of you! ^_^

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFJkViu8CqA

    • Sapfo, thank you. I realllly needed that.

      • Sapfo

        Hope you are having a better evening now.

        • Yes! Between that yummy shirtless montage, the fox video, Doki and I having tea together, things are grand!

          • Sapfo

            I just made some Russian Earl Grey ^_^

          • How is Russian Earl Grey different than regular Earl Grey?

          • Sapfo

            It´s a little bit rounder in the tast. I like it better then Earl Grey.

          • Will try it!

  • bergulme .

    Oh god! I am so glad that we made it out of this warehouse!

    Dear Alex, I like your work.
    I am lukring around here since Artifice, but lately you are more telling than showing. Page after page of the guys standing around talking in front of gray walls is not so thrilling. I know the dialog is a source of exposition and charakter development necessary the story and sets up the plot for the next chapters. Iknow that, but I would like bit a less decompression.

    • Howdy bergulme,

      I’m glad to hear that you like my work. 🙂 I also hear that you would like less decompression. I totally respect that desire, and yet just to give you a heads up, this is the style of story-telling I’ve chosen for this arc of The Young Protectors so it’s not likely to change. At least as an overall vibe. While it won’t always be (and hasn’t always been) in front of grey walls, a lot of what I want to show are the character interactions and reactions rather than continuous physical action. And Chapter 3 is mostly about reaction and a breather to the events of the first two chapters before we get into the action-heavy chapters of 4 and 5. It’s the calm before the storm. A chance for us to really focus on the characters before things get “thrilling” again.

      I can certainly understand how that choice would work more for some people than others, especially in serialized webcomic format. And there will certainly be stories I will tell in the future that will be more plot-focused throughout (including future arcs of The Young Protectors.) But this is the choice I’ve made for the Engaging the Enemy arc.

      All that said, chapters 4 and 5 are a lot more action-heavy. There’s certainly less standing and talking. So if you were enjoying the earlier chapters, The Young Protectors might return to something more like what you’re looking for when we hit the next chapter. (And likely even a bit sooner than that… 🙂 )

      • MFX: Ominous music begins…

      • MFX: Ominous Music Commences…

        • Elrohir

          shivers as he hears the first strains of Ominous Music

          • Sapfo

            May I have this dance ^_^

          • Elrohir

            looking about in his best “who me” face
            To wander the dance floor in your company would be to have the music of the spheres at my beck and call! I would be most honored.

          • Sapfo

            Yes, you. But you might not feel so honored when I trampled your toes

            Just remember I like to lead and dip 😉

  • Happy Valentine’s Day Campers!!! I have some more mint brownies for people and we can pretend I have the talent to make them look like this: http://cocomale.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Brownie_Hearts2.JPG

    • Aww, they’re delicious thank you! Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well. Oh, and yay, I’m back for camping. I missed you guys. *hugs*

      • *hugs* Brother VIle!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!! Missed you!!! Having any luck?

        • I got a phone interview yesterday and they said I’d hear back on Monday if they want me to come in for an in-person interview. So, fingers crossed! 😀

    • Hi Doki! And Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

      I’d love to look at the brownies but my internet is acting up. I will keep trying…

  • Amanda

    Bah Lovebug! Bring on some sexy supervillians, hottie heroes, and one irresistible GFE.

  • So for tonight’s camping I brought a big pot of Earl Gray tea and some Girl Scout cookies. Let’s see. *rummages around* There’s Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, and Trefoils if anybody wants some.

    • *takes all the Thin Mints* Thank you Gryphon! Oh and I will have a cup of tea id that is all right?

      • Heeyyy! *grins and turns to get another cup, pours out the tea* It’s a bit strong and really hot. *hands cup to Doki”

    • Sapfo

      For one how have never tasted Girl Scouts cookies, are they any good?

      • SOMEONE SEND SAPFO SOME GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ASAP

        …..she needs to be addicted just like the rest of us

        • Sapfo

          *sitts down next to my mailbox.*

      • They are highly addictive. And they (Girl Scouts/Brownies) prey on you as you go in and out of the store.

        • Elrohir

          Seriously, it’s almost a protection racket…
          “Hey mister, that’s a real nutritious shopping list you got there…it would be a shame if something were to happen to it. The inclusion of some Thin Mints and Shortbread cookies to your cart should keep it safe!”
          It’s a well known fact that they speak with strong Brooklyn accents during their sales efforts!

      • Yes, they are good tho people tend to like certain ones. Doki likes Thin Mints, obviously, while I like the carmel coconut cookies.

        • Sapfo

          I´m trying not to eat any cookies, they only bite my ass -_-

  • Guess I should have known that things would be a bit quiet on Valentines….good thing I only barely started on my little fanfic. Really wish I wouldn’t keep getting stuck.

    • Yep, a bit quiet but that’s okay. Maybe it will pick up a little later?

      I’m reviewing my Twitter feed right now. If it stays quiet I’m going to do some writing too. Hey! I run a writing group where I set a timer and we write until it goes off. We can try that for 10-15 mins or longer if you want.

      • Sounds like fun, but I am working on captioning the snow pictures I took.

        • It is taking longer than I thought it would and I think I am getting a headache looking at them…..kind of forgot to wear my sunglasses, so my eyes hurt just remembering….

          • Ima looking forward to seeing them when you’re done.

          • ^_^ My calves are sore from all the hill climbing and dealing with walking through a good deal of snow. Definitely the most we have had in while, despite most/a lot of it melting today.

          • Bet pictures are going to be pretty!

          • I think they turned out fairly well…..took me about an hour hour and a half? Two hours? Lots of walking.

    • silibub

      What fic are you writing?

      • ^_^ Involving some of my favorite TYP characters. But I am getting stuck a lot. (I haven’t tried to write a story in ages, this is also first attempt at fanfic)

        • silibub

          Oh, awesome! There’s always a bit of rust to shake off when you haven’t written in a while. Let me know if you want me to read it over or anything!

          • You just want a sneak peak 😛

          • silibub

            I plead the fifth, LOL!

  • mogoskier

    Happy Valentines Day everybody. Have kuthulu v-day cards

    http://markerslinger.tumblr.com/post/76634944368/i-made-these-i-i-made-them-for-y-you-tumblr

    and what happens when someone tries to create the feeling of an orgasm with chocolate.

    http://kitsune2022.tumblr.com/post/76674657145/delicious-food-porn-littleplasticmonster

  • Sapfo

    Hallo you lovely people out there!
    I am barely awake….

    I live here @Gryphongirl2:disqus
    http://satwcomic.com/who-s-your-daddy

    • satwcomic is insanely good… thx.

      • I thought you had plans with the husband?

        • Did and do… he’s taking a break.

          • Sapfo

            lol
            Thats good of you Chris ^_^

          • …….oh….. *wonders if Chris would…….*

          • Yeah, my mind went there too then…I had to yell Stop it! to myself.

          • silibub

            *suggestive eyebrow wiggle*

            (Sorry, sorry)

          • What? You have to stop and refill the drinks? More snax? Geeeee…

          • Sapfo

            You should not lead us on like that 😉

          • Never my intention… I’m only just checking in. I wonder if Alex will get the page early tonight so he can get home for Valentines lurve?

          • Sapfo

            I really hope he is having a good time. Feel kind of bad for wanting a new page today.

            Btw Chris, I got a new Virgin after the that last night. And it is the first virgin I got on that Comic. It is a Starfighter Virgin!

            *Holds up Virgin to show*

            Is he not the cutest! ^_^

            *hugs virgin really hard*

            They are so hard to find, thouse SF virgins.

            http://starfightercomic.com/chapter_04_comments.php?page=Chapter_04_Page_01.jpg&enter=yes&PHPSESSID=ks74gqd16tiek6ju21mquqfa13

          • I’m happy for you but it was a very confusing WTF kind virgin for a restart after a break… NO?

          • Sapfo

            You mean the page?
            i don no

          • me neither…

          • Def mysterious stuff…

    • That is hysterical!

    • Elrohir

      Too funny…I have family and friends in Skåne and I’ve often wondered since it took hundreds of years for the Swedes to send the Danes home who’s bright idea was it to build a bridge and let them back across? 🙂

      • Sapfo

        Well the Skåningarna, where traveling to Denmark so often anyway. We lover our neighbors. and we squabble often for fun.

  • Holly

    HI PEOPLE
    I thought I missed the camp. I have not
    HI

    • Hey Holly!

      Glad you could make it.

      • Holly

        AJ SAYS YOU HAVE MY COOKIES~

        • I have mint brownies. I took all the Thin Mints.

        • Well, Doki took all the Thin Mints but you can have some Trefoils or Do-si-dos.

          • Holly

            *takes all the do-si-dos*

          • Heeeyy! That box wasn’t even open!

            *giggles* Want some Earl Gray?

          • Holly

            No I have Irish Breakfast?

          • mogoskier

            IRISH BREAKFAST, with the sausage and the scramble eggs, the bacon…oh you mean the tea.
            <>
            —- —-
            never mind. Who wants chocolate chip cookies.

          • *raises hand* Can I have one? To supplement my dwindling supply of Girl Scout cookies.

          • Holly

            *hands gryph some lassy mogs as well*

          • Oooo! Thank you! *munches contently*

          • Holly

            Me please ^^

    • silibub

      Heyyy, Holly! *pelts you with novelty Valentine’s Day stuffed bears*

      • Holly

        AHH BEARS!!! *is pelted by cuddly things*

    • *hugs Holly*

    • Hello!

    • Sapfo

      Hi Holly ^_^
      I don´t have any cookies today, but Gryphongirl2 do ^_^

    • Howdy Android Girl!

      • Holly

        IT IS A FULL MOON!!! *grins*

  • silibub

    I’m trying to think of a scary movie to watch after the page goes up. Any recommendations? I’m thinking more along the lines of ghosts than, say, zombies.

    • Sapfo

      Cabin in the woods ¤_¤

      • silibub

        Is that the one with Chris Hemsworth? It’s on my to-watch list, maybe I’ll give it a shot!

        • Does he take off his shirt before being killed with a machete?

          • silibub

            Why wouldn’t he take off his shirt? What’s the point of being that fit if you don’t whip your clothes off for others to admire and envy?

          • SofiaT

            Very fair point.

          • HA! A shirtless chris Hemsworth woke someone up!

          • silibub

            Instead of an alarm clock, Sofia has a bunch of shirtless, muscular guys bust in her room and wake her up with their flexing.

          • SofiaT

            It’s 3.45pm here 😉

            But that sounds good. 😀

          • silibub

            Maybe you slept in? …Okay, no.

          • SofiaT

            Nah, I’m just being stealthy.
            Ya know, like a puma.

          • Nap time!

          • I want!

          • Me too!

          • You know I just buy that!

          • Holly

            WOW, how does one get this service?

          • You could rich with such a business!

          • mogoskier

            If I had that there be no going out of bed.

          • Holly

            HAHA MMM I AGREE

          • I really want to tweet this comment. It’s perfect.

          • silibub

            Haha, do iiiit

          • Done!

          • silibub

            My legacy…..

          • SofiaT

            I’m not sleeping 😛
            I’m around…

          • Sure for shirtless (but apparently not) Chris H’s!

          • He should never wear a shirt again.

          • silibub

            Let’s start a petition.

          • Holly

            haha okay

          • Yes, lets!!

          • Sapfo

            No he don´t take it of. But there are others how do. There is a merman in it 😀

          • Sapfo

            Sorry, no he does not. He is kind ot the stoner in that movie. But it´s so good!

          • Holly

            Christ Hemsworth is totally the leader subtype in that movie.

          • Yes, I really liked it too!

            Very interesting twist on the genre.

          • Sapfo

            We better not say to much ^.^

          • Won’t say anything more…

          • Sapfo

            It´s good…. Oh no, I said to much. ¤u¤

          • I almost down-voted that just as a concept…. wow.

            The negative power of a shirted Chris Hemsworth.

          • Sapfo

            But it´s good -_-

          • mogoskier

            Because shut up

          • HA.

      • davefragments

        IT’s a really fun movie CABIN IN THE WOODS.

        • silibub

          Hm, I have The Shining, too, and I finished the book fairly recently…

    • I heard The Conjuring was pretty scary and it’s more of a ghost story, I think. Anyone see that? I’m curious myself.

      • silibub

        I’ve heard good things about it!

      • Holly

        I SUCKS. It starts off really strong but it gets silly near the end. Then again, I had a bad theatre experience so take my annoyance with a grain of salt

        • nope you are correct… the boys aren’t THAT cute.

          • silibub

            *throws Skittles at your head* My priorities are a little different.

            But man, that’s a shame if it doesn’t finish as strong as it started. Kind of a common problem with horror movies, though.

          • priorities shmiorities… I don’t remember it as one that would rock your world either… maybe I’m remembering wrong???

          • silibub

            I’ll look it up on IMDB? I remember one of my friends talking it up, but she also said that Paranormal Activity fucked her up for weeks and I wasn’t at all terrified by that movie, so it might not be so great.

          • I just did… it’s not the one I’m remembering so poorly so maybe?

            “In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror.”

          • silibub

            I think there was a fairly recent remake? Or at least I vaguely recall seeing previews for it.

          • Yep it’s listed as 2013

          • silibub

            Oh, sorry, I saw “1971” up there and for some reason my brain went “Oh so it was made in the 70’s, ok”

            Too many Skittles, I guess!

          • *snort*

          • Friend of mine said it was scarier than shit but now I’m not sure how often she sees horror movies.

          • silibub

            It’s not that I’m particularly hard to scare or anything, but the “found footage” style of horror movie doesn’t do much for me. I didn’t care much for The Blair Witch Project, either.

          • yep, me neither. silly.

          • silibub

            At least PA didn’t have that shaky camera effect. I hate spending a whole movie feeling vaguely nauseated.

          • Still haven’t seen that…but I saw the end and the part in the basement was creepy.

          • silibub

            I think it was hyped up too much. The basement scene was unnerving, but not enough to be the big payoff for everything that came before it, I guess.

          • Then that’s enough for me not to seek it out.

        • Well, that’s a bummer but Silibub is right about it being a common problem.

  • Sapfo

    Here is the Valentines card that I wanted today….yesterday. 🙂

    http://hamletmachine.tumblr.com/image/76683623180

    • heh……yeah…..Did you notice that Abel is also wearing a collar and wrist restraints?

      • Holly

        I DO NOT KNOW THIS REFERENCE

        • Cain and Abel from Starfighter. ^_^

        • I love Starfighter!

          • Holly

            Oh yeah I’ve been meaning to check that comic out. I will later

      • Sapfo

        Yes, I did ^_^
        turnarounds are fun.

    • Fun!

  • Sapfo

    Nooooo!
    The tea is gone! Why is the Tea gone? I NEED MORE TEA!

    • Take all the time you need to get more tea… lots and lots of time.

      • Two virgins in one day…has it been done before?

        • Oh god you’ve just created a ravening monster!

          • Uh oh. I seem to recall Danish took two virgins but I’m not sure.

          • You’re right. Ravening monster! New challenges in the offing!

          • Sapfo

            Muahahahahaha!

            *snort*

            cough

            “Sorry, I got the tea the wrong way”

        • Sapfo

          Yes, Ask Danish. She did 4 virgins in a week once.
          And I think I did a TYP and a TH one time.
          It happens.

          • Four (4) virgins in a WEEEK!!!!! Now I seem to recall your two virgins.

          • Sapfo

            I know that she have done that and she have also done 4 TYP virgins in a row. I have only done 3 TYP in a row. So I would like to bet her at that.

          • … and had I known you’d basicly do 2-3 in a row right after my 4 I wouldn’t intentionally have given you that one that meant it didn’t become 6 in a row for me xD

            You suddently had me nervous back then LOL

          • Sapfo

            It was kind of risky of you. Anyone could have taken that virgin. But thank you Danish.

          • It was in fours days! One day it was one TYP and a double SF, and the next a TH (and maybe the TYP) the following wednesday 🙂

            And with that I manged to make it to camp in time. I’ve been fretting for over an hour, waiting for the internet to come back.

          • Good morning, Danish! Welcome back.

          • Sapfo

            You need a new computer. But then you might be an unstoppable virgin hunting machine.

          • silibub

            You guys could pool your virgins and sacrifice them to summon another Hell king to fight Laampros.

          • Sapfo

            But I don´t want a Hell King. I want my virgins….

          • silibub

            Fair enough! I guess we’ll just rely on the Protectors, then. *sigh*

          • Sapfo

            I belive in the young Protectors. Clap Clap

          • *nods, joins Sapfo on the clapping*

        • mogoskier

          There is a really clever crude funny joke in this but I’m not well versed enough in comedy to make it.

          • Golly… I’m not sure you even have to.

          • Sapfo

            I am sorry to say, but this is not a joke. We take virgin hunting very seriously 😉

          • Holly

            This is the only comic i Virgin Hunt on..

  • Holly

    I HAVE FROOT LOOPS I’M NOT SHARING!!! *leaves out cookies and rice treats for everyone*

    • That’s all right I have cheesecake with chocolate biscotti crust

      • Sapfo

        And I have nothing, and I am not sharing!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Ooh, can I have a piece?

        • Of course! *passes slice of cheesecake*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Yay! Thank you!

    • Terri Sutton

      I have Tim Tams. Glorious Tim Tams.

    • mogoskier

      Fun fact that you probably knew but will still surprise you. Froot loops all have the same flavor despite the color

    • *sullen* Oh-kay. I’ll make do with cookies and rice treats.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      *munches contentedly on a rice krispie treat*

  • Five hours later! Finally!!!

    A lot of the constructs (wooden) you will see are for air-soft games (like paint-ball but cleaner?)

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/118082431292164101352/albums/5980430315927222609/5980430327464757138?pid=5980430327464757138&oid=118082431292164101352

    • I mean….it was only almost 200 pics to caption….

      • DC

        What a wonderful playground. Did you grow up here?

        • No, buy have lived here since I was 11, the air-soft stuff is fairly recent….1-2 years maybe?

      • Enjoyed the pics and the snow. You must have done a lot of trudging around there while snapping those photos.

        Btw, I made comments but on my other account.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Phew, I made it in time! Glad I didn’t miss camping.

    • *hugs* Hey stickfigure!

    • Sapfo

      Hallo Sticky.
      Do you have any good fic this time. Something romantic 😉

      • mine would have maybe qualified, but I wasn’t able to get very far

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Ooh, did I miss this?

          • Nope….it is still a work in progress

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I definitely want to read it when you’re done, then!

          • Don’t worry, I will be posting it. ^_^

          • with a disclaimer that it is probably horrible

          • I wanna read it too!

        • Sapfo

          You work on it then.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I don’t know what the quality would be like for spur-of-the-moment, but I’m up for giving it a shot. Any particular pairing you’d like to request?

        • Mitch and Kyle!!!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Duly noted.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            [Okay, I started out telling myself “write something romantic” and then angst and porn wanted to be involved, too. I guess it’s a genre threesome. And it’s getting longer that I’d intended.]

            Unfortunately, even three years after saving the entire planet, they had yet to find a way for Kyle to control his powers during sex. Mitch said he didn’t mind, that he was happy just spending time together, but Kyle couldn’t feel the same way. Not when he’d have to cut off in the middle of makeout sessions every time they started getting too heated (in all meanings of the word).

            Kyle loved his boyfriend, and he ached to be able to share everything with him.

            Then Mitch had a brilliant idea.

          • Sapfo

            ;_;

            Hurt, now please some comfort. Fast!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            On its way!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I fixed it. 🙂

          • stickfigurefairytales

            “Skype?”

            “It’s perfect, Kyle! Mutual orgasms and no risk of third-degree burns!”

            “Yeah, but…won’t the computer get fried?”

            “Are you kidding me?” Mitch pulled something out of his bag that looked like the bastard child of an iPad and a tank. “This baby here is encased in fire-safe polymers and has its own internal cooling system. It could spend all day in a pizza oven and come out working just fine!”

            “…Where did you even get that?”

            “I may have asked Amanda to pull a few strings with her military contacts.”

            “You asked Amanda. To get us a state-of-the-art laptop. From the military. So that we could have sex.”

            “…uh, too much?”

            Kyle put his hands on either side of Mitch’s face. “That is the single most romantic thing I have ever heard.”

          • stickfigurefairytales

            [Okay, I ended up lying about the porn, but that was because I needed to write the other two pieces. Sorry!]

          • Its okay. ^_^

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Thanks!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            If I were to continue this further, the Skype plan works wonderfully, and then Mitch promptly flies to the fire-safe place Kyle is with a big blanket and the two of them get to curl up together and cuddle.

          • ^_^ Cuddle time. ^_^

          • Steven K.

            Awwww.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Glad you liked it. 🙂

        • Sapfo

          Do you do crossovers?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Only if I’m familiar with the fandom I’d be crossing over with (and I can figure out something to do with the pairing).

          • Sapfo

            Do you know starfighter?
            I would not mind a thresome with Kyle, Cain and Abel 😉

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Hmm…I do know Starfighter, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be confident enough in my ability to write Cain and Abel at this point. Sorry!

          • Sapfo

            Oh then I could do with a good Spooky/Paul fanfic…. on a beach or something. Mmmmm, Water….

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Spooky ran his hands leisurely over Paul’s back, feeling the sun-warmed skin over steel corded muscle.

            “You need to learn to relax,” he commented.

            “Mmmm…” came Paul’s sleepy murmur. “Then come down here and teach me.”

            Spooky did.

          • Sapfo

            ^_^

          • Mitch, Cain, and Kyle?

        • Spooky and Commander!
          The combo might surprise people enough with the straight romance on a gay comic to stun them for a few minutes and leave me the virgin xD
          <..>

          • silibub

            “Amanda. Hey. Amanda!”

            “Is this important? Because I’m trying to finish some paperwork.”

            “Want to see a magic trick?”

            “Spooky. I’m working.”

            “It’s a great trick!”

            “…Fine, what is it.”

            “I’m going to make your pants…disappear!”

            Spooky gives Amanda his most roguish grin. Amanda puts him in a Full Nelson until he begs forgiveness, and then she makes him finish the paperwork. The End!

          • Sapfo

            Da capo! ^_^

          • mogoskier

            Yes but what about after the paper work is finish. (eye brow wiggle)

          • silibub

            She makes him do penalty pushups, naturally.

          • Sapfo

            I love Amanda! She is such a romantic gal 😉

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Amanda’s personal, private fantasy was to spend an entire day in bed with Spooky…no interruptions or emergency calls to go save the world. Just the two of them, skin and sheets and all the time they wanted.

            She ended up telling him once, when she was half-asleep. Spooky paused, then he wrapped his arm around her waist and kissed her hair.

            “I can’t promise that we’ll get all the time you want,” he said, “but I know enough about magic to know that there’s eternity in every moment.”

            [I’m sorry; that ended up sounding so cheesy!]

          • Sapfo

            oooh thats so sweet. 🙂

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aw, thanks! Glad you liked it!

          • Sapfo

            I am kind of a sucker for sweetness. As long as it´s not Twilight or anything like that.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Yes. Definitely not Twilight. Never Twilight.

          • Very cute!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Thank you!

          • Elrohir

            Not cheesy at all. Sorry to disagree with the author.:)
            Actually a really nice turn of phrase.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Thank you! I spent a good bit trying to figure out how to end that sentence, and I was just worried that it didn’t turn out right. I’m glad you liked it.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Okay, I think I’m going to try to write several short things (possibly drabble-length). Doki’s request for Mitch/Kyle is #1, then Danish with Spooky/Commander, then Sapfo for Spooky/Paul. Let’s see if I can do this!

          • Sapfo

            Yay! ^_^

          • Yay! I actually would like to see a Spooky/Commander pairing and what you could come up with, so it wasn’t just for fun.

    • Holly

      hi sticky. I thought I was late an hour ago. So this is amusing to me

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I know! When I realized what time it was I thought for sure I would be too late.

  • Holly

    honestly thought the cat was going to make me miss the virgin. He decided to sleep on my mouse AND keyboard just now. but I threw him away. He responded by NOT biting me so WIN

    • silibub

      I’m picturing you casually dumping your cat in the garbage before getting back to camping, wow!

    • mogoskier

      Ahh cats, wanting love at the worst time.

      • Holly

        He did not want love. The computer is just WARM and I think he was chilly

  • Night gang. Can’t stay must go. Man is back and says he’ll read TYP when the Novel comes out… ARG! Heathen.

    Have a great night and enjoy the new page. I hope Mitch goes inside the warehouse and they repeat the whole GAY conversation… with thingie smushing details. (kidding… just torturing people for V-day). I’ll have to wake up to the excitement. (ARG).

    Thanks again to the significant others of Alex, Adam and Veronica… who gave up a night of (fill in the blank with goodness) for our page. Much appreciated. Guys. May you be rewarded. See ya tomorrow!

    • mogoskier

      Have a good night and good loving.

    • Goodnight, Mr. Dangerfield! Enjoy the rest of Valentine’s Day!

    • G’nite, Chris!

      Have a good rest of the Valentine’s Day lurve night.

    • Yes, thank you very much Alex, Adam, and Veronica!!

      Enjoy your husband sweetie!!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Goodnight, and have lots of fun! 🙂

    • Holly

      NIght Night Chris. Have a lovely Valentine’s Day with your hubby!

    • Sapfo

      You have fun with husband.

      Lot´s of love and hugs to you and your ♥

    • SofiaT

      Night, Chris!
      Hope you have a great time with your better half. xx

    • silibub

      See you, Chris — enjoy your night! And hey, get back to us once he reads the book, since I want to know how reading it all in one go affects how people see the story! Tell him I expect a detailed report!

  • Holly

    I am debating bed… I’m not going yet. But it’s almost 2am here, and I should probably get some sleep soon. :/

    • Sapfo

      I will miss you if you sleep. -_-

  • Sapfo
    • Dafuck? Can I get a link? Not on my computer.

      • Sapfo
        • Holly

          *pouts*

      • Shit! It’s the stealth page update!

        • Sapfo

          It was an “upload and run” page xD

        • Gaaah! The address bar changed. It wasn’t just about adding a number as usual xD

          • Holly

            The address bar changing is literally the straw for me this week. It is the straw.

          • Sapfo

            I was on twitter when it uploaded. Lucky me. But no virgin

          • I was on twitter too.

          • Holly

            I’m very upset now.
            Not because of not getting the virgin. It’s just… the feather that breaks the dam and all that.

          • Sapfo

            *Hug Holly to keep the dam together*

          • Holly

            Thanks Sapfo… *hugs*

          • tricksy tricksy Alexes

          • Elrohir

            “What has he got in his pocketses?”

    • Holly

      WHAT?! No it’s how can it…WHAT!?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Ooh! But I’m still coming back to write my other two drabbles.

  • ‘Don’t make out with super-villains’ might be easier to remember…

  • OnyxLight

    My only problem is your “taste” in men… LOL

  • Kabbalist

    “Should have known better…” So, there’s no precedent at all for an impressionable, (very) horny 18-year-old who really wants to be loved getting suckered by a sexy, intelligent, charismatic older man who helps him to feel attractive and seems capable of acting as both lover and mentor? Yes, Kyle made a big mistake, but I think he should go a little easier on himself. I’ll admit that the whole “notorious supervillain” thing should perhaps have been more of a red flag, but Duncan did a very good job of making it seem like something they could work around.

  • Curt Clark

    I hope this doesn’t condemn Kyle to a life of celibacy. Even at the current point in the comics timeline it’s uncertain.