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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 70-71

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Time to take a deep breath.

(This page is a double-page spread. To see a higher-res version, please click here.)

This weekend (September 16-18), I’m going to be at YaoiCon at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel in Burlingame, CA! I’m going to have books, trading cards, Spooky Caps, and all the usual goodies, and I’ve love to see some friendly faces. I’ve gone for many years now, and it’s a ton of fun. If you’re going, please stop by and say hi! 🙂

So! ZOMG! WHAT IS HAPPENING????

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

 

  • davefragments

    oh good lord that doesn’t look good.

  • Wait…what? Spooky??

  • davefragments

    Do you see what he’s doing!

  • Is he sucking in their souls? Maybe he’s trying to save them in some fashion? Or is Spooky Jones truly truly Spooky?

    • davefragments

      He’s taking the “sacrifice” into himself to prevent it from opening the porthole.

      • O.O Good?

        • davefragments

          I don’t know…
          It’s too quick for me to speculate

      • syllibub

        That’s — I wish I had thought of that! I wonder what effect taking in the souls will have on him, then.

        • davefragments

          That, I don’t know.
          I don’t have a good speculation right now.

  • Dekira

    wat

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Well oooooookay then……………

  • Chris Dangerfield

    When I said Spooky got soul I really didn’t mean………..

    • bronakopdin

      omg this cracked me up x’D

    • Samurai Jack

      Hell, even Richard Nixon’s got that…

  • kuku

    Giving up the ghosts – and he’s inhaling them? Now if he could just breathe them back into their bodies later – and make sure they’re in the right ones…

    • Pietro7

      Ummm. That could be very tricky. But if anybody’s up to it, it would be Spooky Jones!

    • bronakopdin

      I think the bodies will actually die… but maybe this way the sacrifices might have a more pleasant – unconscious – death >//////<

      • Malusz

        Zombies are soulless bodies. Yeah, OK, rotting might not be too pleasant.

  • O.O

  • holy shit…didn’t see that coming…

  • :: SOUUULL STEAL ::

    (i..
    ..i am Interested In This.)

    • Pietro7

      No . . . I think this is soul Catching. It would only be stealing if he keeps them . . . I think?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        …Gotta catch ’em all?

  • syllibub

    Wow. I wonder if consuming souls is the way Spooky keeps his power charged, like Sircea has her…uh…method (according to the trading cards). Alternatively, since he’s been to hell and back, he might be able to function as a kind of psychopomp, escorting their souls safely to the other side.

    • Pietro7

      Oh now that last one is a much happier thought!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Uhm. I, also, did not see that coming.
    Damn! Alex did it to us again. We know he’s tricky. We keep repeating that he’s tricky like its the MST3K Mantra. And he still manages to sideswipe us.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    That…can’t be good.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Unless of course Spooky taking the souls into himself will allow him to safeguard them and eventually return them to their hopefully-healed bodies. But right now it really, really doesn’t look good.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Um… it feels awkward to mention this now, what with the apparent death and the possibly involuntary soul-sucking, but my best friend’s wedding went really well! I got lots of compliments on my officiating, too. ^_^

    • davefragments

      Good news. Great!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Thank you, Dave!

    • That’s awesome!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        😀 Thanks, AJ!

    • Pietro7

      Good for you, Sticky! They’ll treasure that memory for years.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Thank you, Pietro!

    • So you had an absolutely wonderful time?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I sure did! Also my friend and her husband had their dog act as the ring bearer, which was adorable. He’s this super-sweet black Lab and he did a very good job. (The rings were in a bag that they put on his collar)

    • timemonkey

      Congrats!

    • Keneu

      xDD The mood of this page doesn’t fit the news, that’s for sure.
      Congratulations!

  • David Welbourn

    Not only did I not see this coming, I bet none of his teammates did either. You’d think that a trump card super-skill like soul-stealing would have come up in prevent-end-of-world planning sessions. Is there a good reason he didn’t do this with Annihilator during the earlier battle?

    • davefragments

      Speculation: Duncan wasn’t dead, yet…

      • David Welbourn

        It’s a shame that the countdown clock isn’t visible in the panel. It’d be nice to know for certain if this is a pre- or post-zero event.

        • davefragments

          I think it’s post the sacrifice death and seconds before the portal opens.

          • Pietro7

            Or simultaneous with it? If the mass death was all that Sircea required to open the portal, she might not have bothered to plan for what happened with the souls after it. This could prove to be an important omission on her part (or so I hope!)

          • davefragments

            First, I was thinking that it took something from a human to open the portal and for this portal, that big a sacrifice was required. Remember Kyle and the fire circle that Duncan cast using Kyle’s power?
            Second, I agreed with the other post about Sircea needing the extra power from the souls. But that doesn’t match the first thought.
            So now I’m still undecided.

          • Klaus

            PP explained to Duncan that the spell is already cast. The gate will open as soon as yhe sacrifice is made. I take that to mean that no action on their part is required.

        • David Welbourn

          Oops: I actually missed seeing the previous page. That makes things a bit more obvious.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    After a few minutes of getting over my surprise and then appreciating the art, then next reaction is to wonder whether this is something that Spooky is doing deliberately or if it’s something that being done to him.

    The scripts mailed out to patreon supports are indicative. It describes Spooky drawing in a huge breath, and then souls being drawn down into his mouth – as opposed to the souls forcing their way into Spooky. In other words, the team’s magic user is Up To Something.

    (It also mentions that if the rest of the Young Protectors are visible, that they watch in astonishment.)

  • davefragments

    Page 68… Spooky stands almost inconsolable apologizing for failing to open the box.
    Page 69… Spooky says one word – “no” and it’s more than an apology. It’s not desperation, it seems to me like resignation.
    Page 70… we see a deliberate action, Spooky’s action.

    Whatever this is, he’s not going to let these souls open the portal with their sacrifice. Suppose only the recently deceased souls create the portal and the bones are mere decoration…

  • Stephen Hutchison

    Soooo…

    Speculation.
    Sircea set up the Trap Box to kill the prisoners and feed her their life essences so she could power the Hellgate.

    Spooky is the only mage in the near proximity.

    Therefore. He’s being force-fed their souls.

    Alternate speculation.
    Spooky has been in hell. He knows this thing you can do…

    So rather than let their souls be sent into the circle to power the Hellgate, he’s taking them into himself for safekeeping. (Which is the same thing davefragments just speculated but I type slower.)

    • davefragments

      You said it a little better than I did.

    • David Welbourn

      I never fully understood why there was a box of sacrifices in the first place. Didn’t Sircea say in her discussion with Duncan that Laampros’s and his demons’ appetites weren’t the sort that’d kill the people of the world?

      • Klaus

        Yes, but the sacrifice is not meant to entice Laampros to come to earth. He needs no enticement. He would have already been here long ago if only he was able. The sacrifices are necessary to open the gate.

      • Stephen Hutchison

        Well… Laampros and his demons weren’t that sort, but nobody said Sircea herself wasn’t that sort.

    • Gregory In Seattle

      I was thinking of your first theory, too.

    • Malusz

      I’m frankly not sure it’s voluntary.
      So, like for Microsoft products, it may be an undocumented feature or poor Spooky indeed was trapped by Sircea and is her plan B.

      Speculation: the bomb being magic, does its triggering affect soulless bodies, if it triggers at all when no soul is available.

  • Nate

    Um, wow….

    Given that Spooky *hugs him* is one of the good guys, I’m 99.999% certain he isn’t eating those souls or stealing them.

    If we assume this is something under his control, I suspect what he’s actually doing is capturing and hiding the souls within him, so that they cannot be used to power the Bony Circle of Daddy Summoning.

    Or, I could be completely off base. 🙂

    Fabulous double-page spread, whatever the case. Kudos!

  • Toli Bera

    Is he going incubus on us?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Not unless he slept with everybody in that box really quickly.

      • Pietro7

        That would be succubus, i think; incubus is different.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          No, I believe an incubus is a male succubus.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Not to mention a pretty creative explanation for how a young lady might manage to get pregnant when sex before marriage was punishable by, like, public stoning.

          • stickfigurefairytales
          • Pietro7

            Good point. WIKI rules!

      • Toli Bera

        that was some wiggly-woogly magic going on.

  • Frenchie

    This is an AMAZING panel!!! <3

    • Pietro7

      There’s an understatement of positively Klaus proportions. 🙂
      You get enthusiastic agreement from me!

  • Shiny Gwilly

    “i wonder if it’s updated yet”
    “….UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”
    after recovering, i believe this is his doing? maybe he didn’t even know until this moment that he COULD do this, his emotions towards trying to save these people triggered something in him (mainly cuz the magic is green and that’s his color, right? right?)
    we can only hope he’s doing this on purpose…

    • Wildroses

      I have a feeling he isn’t. I’m willing to bet Sircea was supposed to be the recipient of the souls to help open the gate, but as she is not there it has transferred to the nearest available magic user.

      • Shiny Gwilly

        that’s also completely possible, i’m just hoping for the best lfkgd

      • Ohh, could also be a possibility. So many ways to interpret this page. We need next page!

        • Klaus

          We got two today.

  • Cman65

    If you can’t save the body save the soul,

  • Not looking like a good situation. *hopes for the best*

  • Airboy Obsessed

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a page make me draw back and suck in my breath from such shock.

    Well done.

  • Pietro7

    Saturday is a hundred years away. 🙁

  • Parkverse

    Something tells me that this was get doing. I think he is the gate.

    • Keneu

      That’s what I think too. Or he was meant to be a last resort in case TYP showep up and seriously screwed her plans.

  • timemonkey

    This raises a few questions: 1) did he do this deliberately or was it involuntary? 2) is he trying to save them or powering up? 3) Does this negate the sacrifice or is it still completed?

  • Juliette Leroux

    OK, but if he’s harbouring the souls voluntarily, there are still so many many questions: How is he doing that? And how is he going to not become mad with so many people inside? And how to reincarnate them afterward? Will it stop the portal opening, as Hell is interrested in souls, not bodies? Did he even know himself he could do that?

    • Juliette Leroux

      Anyway, good job of keeping us on the edges, Alex…

  • Jeldenil

    So… wow. Is there a possibility that Spooky can use their souls against the demons? Spit them out at them or something? Assuming the souls are a power of Light/Good, of course.

  • What?!

    Why did that happen???

  • jreed3842

    …..
    Oh my….

  • Fabulous Alien

    What the what?!?!?!

    No, seriously… WHAT?

  • It’s not normal that I cuss in comments.. but WHAT THE FUCK?

    That was unexpected, and I don’t know if this is good or really, really bad. Spooky is eating the souls (o.o)
    I think we might be about to get some new knowledge about Spooky and his powers here.

    I got to see the page sooner than expected. Thank goodness my tablet accepted the wifi connection here.
    Sitting in Amsterdam airport, on my way to US and YaoiCon. Looking forward to meet Alex again, for the 2nd time, and spend some great time with Starr and Gryphon 🙂

    • Jeldenil

      Oh! Hi from Amsterdam! *waves* Too late, I guess, but still

  • Jeff Baker

    Did not see that coming!

  • Hmm, either this was planned from PP’s side all along – or Spooky could be eating the souls to prevent them from working for the machine/gateway. My two main theories, and leaning most to the 2nd, if it either of those two options.

    • fujoshifanatic

      I am inclined to agree in part with you Danish, in the sense that this happening will affect how the portal to hell opens in some way, or how the “family reunion” goes down between Kyle and his dad. Absorbing all those souls and the energy behind them is bound to affect Spooky’s powers in some way, hopefully in TYP’s favor–although I certainly hope that Spooky has a strong enough psyche to withstand that kind of trauma to be able to use that advantage somehow.

      Oh, and I heartily agree with you in saying WHAT THE EVERLOVING FUCK JUST HAPPENED?!!!?

      Man, I love how this comic keeps me on my toes! And maybe my denial of the last page’s reality helped? Those poor people can’t be dead dead if Spooky absorbed their souls? Maybe he can figure out a way to return them to their bodies after all is said and done?
      *totally going to ruin my concentration for class the rest of the week in anticipation for Saturday’s update*

    • Samurai Jack

      Agreed. An immortal like the PP can afford to wait decades or centuries for her plans to come to fruition. Sending Spooky to Hell years ago, just to bring him back and make him the portal between dimensions? Very clever. It would explain her caginess when Duncan suggested that Spooky could help them rebuild the walls.

      Or maybe we’ve just strayed into “Evil Dead” territory… 😉

  • Aitsuki

    Spooky….. you’re messing with some dangerous power there! Not taking souls is what makes you a hero and not a demon!

  • Klaus

    Interesting.

  • Kate G

    O.O What the whaaaaaaaaa? He just went all aswang on us. Well, as close to it as the aswang are female. CREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPY.

    o.O O.O O.o Excuse me, I’ll just go hide behind Vince. Wait, Vince looks like a cross between Khan and Angus. HE WON’T BE HELPFUL.

  • Mir

    ….well then….that was uh, unexpected.

    Spooky is the gate to the afterlife? The spell went terribly wrong? WHAT IS HAPPENING

  • Lyleen

    Wow, what’s happening?!

  • purplefoxglove

    Well…that *could* explain why there are demons inside Spooky:

    http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-bonus1-page-20/

    Theory: He either has acquired or was born with the ability to automatically absorb the souls/energies of the recently deceased. His trip to hell somehow triggered this, uhm, skill. He probably didn’t know it extended to humans, though.

    Oh, and…What the heck?!? O.O

  • bronakopdin

    … I had a different thing in mind when I thought “Spooky is a great soulmate”
    x’D
    I really hope the voluntary theory (Spooky doing it consciously with some plan or intent) is the one that comes true… not the “forced onto him by whatever” one >//////////<

  • TwilightDreamer

    O_O…..what….what the…??
    I’m actually having trouble telling if he’s doing this on purpose or not….

  • T Dibbler

    Ohhh, that looks disturbing. That does not look like a good thing at all. I guess it might be something that interrupts the ritual though? Maybe? Like if he absorbs the souls they won’t go to Laampros and the sacrifice won’t count? But it still doesn’t look like a good thing.

  • Adi Zeller

    Well, sure, if they’re going to die either way, you might as well eat them!

    • Klaus

      Spooky wouldn’t just eat them. He may be rescuing them.

      • Adi Zeller

        Yeah, it was a joke…

      • Reyos Blackwood

        He may be just eating them, to prevent the souls from being used to power the portal. A horrible act done for the right reasons.

      • Shao Khan

        Or it might just be some weird sex thing.

    • Shao Khan

      He’s going to need the mother of all antacids for this one.

      • Adi Zeller

        Well… Isn’t the the Platinum Priestess a basic bitch?

  • lollerilol

    And deus ex machina save delivers.

    • Klaus

      Or not. We’ll see.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      No doubt, Cuddles, Woody, the nullifier and others would agree. Magic is, as magic does. Well that’s what grandma used to say…

  • Suhndog

    Spooky is going to ‘hold on’ to their souls. Once the ‘cage’ is broken, they will be returned.. IMHO

  • karmakat

    how many bets that miss platinum blonde had made it so that the soul would come to her as a “power up” and since she is not around spooky is “it” as he is the only magic user around?…

    • Keneu

      That seems like too much of a stroke of luck though…

      • karmakat

        never said it would be anything lucky. it might be what brings him over on crazy. or…something worse.

  • Rashel Izro

    Aaaah!!! What is happening?!

  • Parkverse

    As I said, in an earlier comment. I think she set this up so that he is a the gateway. I am also willing to bet that she was the one to send him to Hell in the first place.

    • timemonkey

      Problem is he wasn’t supposed to be there and Sircea wanted them all dead and Duncan wasn’t exactly gentle in KOing him. He could easily have missed the whole thing or been dead by now.

  • Madock345

    That cannot be healthy.

    Then again, maybe Spooky is a Dovahkiin, or a human Version of one. (Julkiin? Julhakiin? Muzkiin? Muzhakiin? Someone better at dragon grammar figure it out.)

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Sure puts a new spin on the old, “You are what you eat adage.”

  • SadClown

    It’s a little like Mega Man… or Pac Man.

    • Skudplastr

      Kirby!!

    • Shao Khan

      When you’re hungry, you’re not yourself.

  • Jason Moon

    Did things just get better… or worse?

    Is Spooky gonna have multiple personality disorder from here on out? (‘Cause he apparently doesn’t have a complicated enough life)

  • D. G.

    Voluntary or involuntary, I hope Spooky can handle this.

  • Will Parkinson

    Oh, god damn. (Sorry for the language.)

  • SchalaRenee

    It looks like he’s sucking out their souls. Maybe to send them to heaven once their bodies die rather than the hell world of Laampros? Maybe doing this will keep Laampros out? (I hope not, I want Laampros. I don’t want those innocents to die either, but I wanna see my demon king again.)

  • KaBoomBOX

    He couldn’t save their lives, but he can prevent their souls from powering the gateway.

  • Michael

    Zii Los Dii Du..!

  • Sapfo

    Spooky taking souls like a grim reaper. Maybe he give them back later, then he can be the grim giver ^^

  • Earl Patterson

    Soul Eater

  • Did not see that coming.

    is this part of what the silver priestess was doing? (aka, she’d hold the souls as she walked towards that ring of bones)

    or is this a last thought of spooky to try and save everyone?

    seriously perplexed. (and actually, incredibly happy to be confused for the moment 🙂 )

  • RSC

    And up to this point I kept wondering why they really called him Spooky…

  • Shao Khan

    SHANG TSUNG WINS.

    FATALITY.

  • Abyssdoor

    my theory: since their souls would be used to activate the portal he decided to take the souls into himself?

  • Pikinanou

    uhm… Bon appétit?

  • Keneu

    … okay, I did not expect that.

  • WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELL
    DEFINITELY DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING, LMAOOOOO

    How much EXP does consuming their souls give?

  • Snorlaxation

    My guess?

    He gets a major power increase, but at the cost of hearing those people screaming in pain or fear, or feeling their fear and pain washing over him.

  • Mary Klemzak

    PleaseBeOkPleaseBeOkPleaseBeOk

    *Repeats till Saturday*

    • Juliette Leroux

      Please, allow me to start a four part harmony with you (anybody wants to join?)

      • Mary Klemzak

        Yes definitely! This series is so intense! Definitely brings the readers in.

  • Tindi

    Okay well I’m gonna need kitten pictures now. Holy crap.

  • Megan Staples

    Whoa… Could Circea have planned on Spooky’s presense and made him part of the spell? Can’t wait to see!

  • Боже мой!

  • Scott Jemison

    Wow! That is some amazing artwork (not to mention a complete surprise!).

  • TwilightDreamer

    Just a random thought….If Spooky is taking in their souls….intentional or not….will that mean that Kyle won’t be the only one Laampros may target?

    • Juliette Leroux

      Indeed, if Spooky is a kind of soul reservoir, he surely is a very interresting individual for a Prince of Hell.

      • TwilightDreamer

        I don’t doubt Laampros will know where those souls have gone…somehow.

    • SchalaRenee

      I don’t think Laampros intended to TARGET Kyle for killing/hurting. I think he wanted to seduce his son to the dark side, make him the Prince of Hell he was born to be. As for Spooky, I think he could be a serious threat to Laampros. Laampros is no doubt more powerful than his own half-breed son, so Spooky might be the only real threat (individually). With all of them, though, Laampros might get a little dented. I doubt Hellfire would hurt him, but the other powers might.

      • TwilightDreamer

        That’s exactly what I meant. I know Laampros wouldn’t hurt Kyle….but one way or another I’m sure that he’ll be after him…and now after what happened to Spooky, even if it’s with different intentions, he may be after him to.

        • Paul

          If Laampros is anything like demons from a certain TV show, he’ll want all the souls he can get! Free souls if he can drain witch-boy there? Way better than making deals for souls!

          • TwilightDreamer

            exactly.

  • Midori Ren

    Hm. Something Circea said makes me wonder (the bit about all magic users being mad), combined with the demonic magic and now this. Perhaps Kyle isn’t the only part-human on the team.

    Spooky Menagerie just became Spooky Zoo and Hotel.

    • SchalaRenee

      Maybe Spooky IS crazy…but he just hides it better. The people who know they’re crazy can at least act less crazy. Or somehow Spooky is immune, because, like you said, he has demon blood. Or he’s immune because he doesn’t use his magic for evil or for anything personal gain-related. Maybe the only crazy magic users are the ones who use magic for themselves or evil purposes. I can’t wait to find out.

  • Galopa WXY

    Dead poeple’s eyes are usually open. Does this mean he took their souls in so their bodies aren’t of use for the ritual anymore? And he can return them safely later on?

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Re-reading all the comments below about eating souls, it just occurred to me:
    Spooky Jones: Dementor.
    [ducks and runs away]

    • Juliette Leroux

      That’s a low blow, Mister.

    • jreed3842

      And yet…. I would still gladly get the Dementor’s kiss from him. 😛

    • Pietro7

      Bad Saxon! No biscuit!

  • Derkins

    buh … uh …. huh … *blink blink*

  • Rick T

    I do that to my friends after a night of drinking and partying. I wake up without a hangover and they’re all dead.

  • davefragments

    Friday…
    a) What is going to happen to our heroes tonight?
    and
    b) Never go food shopping with me on a Friday. I’m mildly claustrophobic and dangerous in crowds.

  • Kate G

    Hello everyone! How did all of you spend your past few days? I spent 3.5 hours with horses today at my NFP volunteering! I even managed spend time with Scooby, whom I haven’t gotten to spend any time with in weeks. I got to give him lots of pets and rubs which made me very happy. Ah, Scooby. Now we proceed to go back into Scooby withdrawal right? When you find that one horse you love…

    I also got to brush out two ponies because they INSISTED on rolling in the shavings, Ernie and Clementine (I call her Clemmie.) Ernie LOVES to be brushed. I think he must roll in the shavings just so he can be brushed. Clemmie is a little tender-skinned so you have to use a soft brush and be careful. Of course, it was Clemmie who had to roll around in the shavings TWICE! Uuuuugh! I still don’t think I got all of the shavings out of her tail. *cries*

    Picking horses hooves is so backbreaking, especially the ponies! ARGH! I need ice for my back! And I was not happy when Ernie farted in my face! I still smell it! EW!

    • davefragments

      hi Kate.

      • Kate G

        Hey, Dave! How was your Thursday and Friday?

        • davefragments

          Yesterday I stayed home because a friend needed some help with stuff. Today was food shopping and I kinda hate shopping in a crowded supermarket.

          • Kate G

            I know what you mean. I tend to shop at small grocery stores because of that. I really dislike going to my large grocery store.

          • davefragments

            Giant Eagle closed all the little stores.

            As I was pulling out, the couple next to me was loading groceries in their car and I could see how close I was going to come to the woman. She was a bit persnickety but her husband knew what I meant. I hate backing up. I can’t turn around and use the mirrors. That makes backing up harder.

          • Kate G

            Oh that sucks. I go a little out of my way to go to Trader Joe’s for most of my stuff but ours isn’t super busy like some other TJ’s I know some people say their’s is.

            I usually bring a big pile of TJ apples or carrots to my NFP because you don’t have to sit and take off the stickers before feeding them to the horses. I hate taking off those darn stickers.

          • davefragments

            I never thought about stickers on the carrots.

            I hate the produce department in my market because it invariably sprays me with cold water and that damn supermarket is like a refrigerator to me…

          • Kate G

            Oh, tell me about it. I have Reynaud’s, so I get even colder. It’s like, “Turn on the heat! Turn on the heat!” I’m probably the only one who comes in the grocery store when it’s 95 degrees outside with a sweater and gloves. XD

    • My boy Malibu was a regular PigPen. It was never wise to turn him loose anywhere while wet, because what was once clean would be covered in wet dirt. But he actually kept a pretty clean stall, everything always off to the sides. Made mucking easier for certain.

      And I hate picking feet.

      • Kate G

        Scooby only poops in the back or right side so I know where to put my feet when I put him away thankfully; some of the other horses and ponies have no such decency (like, uh, Red Rover, who had poop *in his hoof* because he was standing in his poop. Ew.)

        I love brushing/grooming them, but when you have to brush them again, the second time they are even dirtier and that horse is the horse equivalent of tender-headed, you internally groan a bit because that’s the horse that will try to nip or bite you over a grooming session.

        • Horses can be such a-holes. And I mean that affectionately. Really I do. I have used it affectionately, but at times they live up to the affectation. 😀 Malibu loved to try to nip me, granted that’s typical stallion behavior, but I was his primary target. Sigh.

          • Kate G

            That was Captain today. “Oh, you have such pretty breech tights. I want to eat them!” *reaches* “Whaaaaat?! What do you mean I can’t have your tights? Can I have your pretty hair? No? Your shirt? No? Ear? No! Am I allowed to try anything?!”

          • davefragments

            He likes you…

          • He was my boy, despite being an a-hole. 😛

          • Kate G

            Oh, not sure if Malibu ever did this but, our green horse, Blue, spooked over God knows what as one of the riders was trying to put him away; we (both her and me as he knows both of us) couldn’t get him to budge. He was 1200 lbs of “I ain’t moving one foot.” We tried backing him up and taking a different route to his stall thinking it was the puddle, lots of encouragement….everything until I just said, “You know what, I know that Blue loves apples, particularly green ones. I’ll be right back.” I bribed him back into his stall. Like, you really shouldn’t do that, but we tried everything else!

          • Nothing wrong with bribery. 🙂 I did have a young mare who would spook at the dumpster every damn day. She had been walking past that same dumpster pretty much her whole life, but everyday without fail, she’s try to crawl into my arms.

          • Kate G

            We try not to bribe them because they come to expect the bribes (and in a therapeutic setting, that’s not good.) I looked around, seeing if anyone was around and just said, “Eff it, I’ll get you an apple.”

            It’s like hand feeding. Most people will hand feed a horse treats (especially if you own yours!), but we give them treats through a box that drops into a bucket. We don’t want them to become dependent on human hands for food. We have kids from 3 years old to seniors too so horses could easily injure those hands too; thus, the bucket system.

  • jreed3842

    I have arrived to the camp grounds!!!
    Hello, my fellow campers! How is everyone?!

    • davefragments

      hi

      • jreed3842

        How is everyone tonight?!

        • davefragments

          ok, waiting, waiting

          • jreed3842

            I know. I am a nervous wreck right now… I can’t wait to see what happens next.

    • Howdy!!

    • Kate G

      Hi!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi, jreed! I’m doing pretty well, how about yourself?

  • Saxon_Brenton

    [Saxon wanders into camping grounds and plonks down on a log]
    Hi. I’ve got a family reunion for an aunt’s 80th birthday tomorrow, and I’ve just spend the better part of the last three hours baking an insane number of pastry cases for the passionfruit butter and the jam-and-nutmeg mushroom. Thanks to the wonders of virtual food at the virtual camping ground, you get to have some too.

    • davefragments

      yummy

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Ooh, thank you!

  • Cman65

    Àaaaaa 13.00 Saturday and still no new page

    • davefragments

      🙁
      wimper, wimper

    • stickfigurefairytales

      But on the plus side, I made it in time to do some camping!

      • Hey stick! I actually got distracted. -_-

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Hi Doki! Well, it’s good to see you regardless. ^_^

          • I managed to enter a period of a slightly higher level of depression, hopefully it will clear up in a few days, and I can get back to the usual low level of depression. ….I wish I could remember what that is called, but my brain doesn’t want to help me currently.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            *hugs* I love you, Doki, and I’m sorry that depression sucks so much. I would punch it for you if I could.

          • Well when you live with a constant low level depression you get use to it, it is only the spikes that are difficult.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Well, I don’t know if this is any help, but I’m here for you, and so are a lot of other folks around here. And we like you whether you are going through an especially bad bout of depression or not. You are awesome.

          • I don’t think it is as bad as it was, but it isn’t back to normal yet either. I will be okay.

            -_- They are using the lawnmower at almost midnight. -_-

  • davefragments

    To distract myself from eating my nails from my fingers…
    I listened to the first act of La Traviata with Anna Moffo.
    Now I’m listening to the San Francisco opera sing AIDA with Margaret Price as Aida, Stefania Toczyiska as Amnesia, and Luciano Pavarotti as Radames,
    Pavarotti’s Celeste Aida is divine. Price’s Ritorno Vincitor is sublime.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Dang, I was hoping Yaoicon wouldn’t delay the update. I hope Alex and Danish are having fun though.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Me too! 🙂

    • They had shared a meal with Alex.

      • And had a great time. Happy I asked if he could do it.

    • I’ve had lots of fun with StarrWinter and GryphonGirl 🙂

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Man, I’m getting sleepy. I also need to take a shower, but I know that as soon as I do, the page is bound to go up.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Okay, gonna go shower. Let me know if it works!

      • Not so far, but I am getting tired myself.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Still no new page 🙁 I might have to bow out soon. It’s getting very late here.

  • Okay, so I was taking a quiz for fun earlier about which Sesame Street character would I be.

    There was the question: Do you have a favorite walking dead character?
    One would assume you would get to choose “yes” “no” “not sure”.

    Instead I am given a list of people I don’t know to choose from. I don’t know these people because I don’t watch “Walking Dead”.

    They need to either change the wording of the question or change the answers.

    • I hate when questionnaires do that. I don’t watch Walking Dead either.

    • davefragments

      Try “Negan” see what happens.

      • The choices where Rick, Shane, Glenn and a kid whose name started with a C

        • davefragments

          Well, Ranger Rick has been the leader of the group for these past seasons. A good guy.
          Shane was Rick’s policeman partner who sort of impregnated Ricks wife, and then died. Glenn is the perpetual good guy with a big heart. Somehow he always survives.
          The kid – Carl is Rick Grimes son and he matures from a kid to a teenager in the show.

          I was teasing about Negan because he’s the bad guy with Lucille (a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire) … Nuff said.

  • Sapfo

    Good morning, good people! ^^
    It seems like this is a con weekend, so many cons at diffrent places. Lucky people 😀

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I know! I’m a bit jealous. ;D

      • Sapfo

        I know! I feel the green of envy XD

    • Morning, Ms Berry!

      • Sapfo

        Madam Admiral, everything calm I hope

        • Seems to be!!

          • Sapfo

            want to make some misscheif? Commender a ship? Build a snowman? 😉

          • Right now I want so chocolate and someone to do my bidding. >:D

          • Sapfo

            I got some chocolate syrup…. will that do? *back away slowly*

          • I want flavored chocolate and lots of snuggles with snuggly peoples.

    • Morning Sapfo!

      • Sapfo

        Evening Doki dear~~

  • Back from Ycon. Page should be up in a few minutes. 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Yay!! Welcome back, Alex!

    • Yay!!

    • davefragments

      Right now, Bryn Terfel is singing “Wotan’s Farewell”

  • davefragments

    Both eyes popping

  • Justin White

    WHAT!!! did he just take in their souls