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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Coda—Page 15

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Would you be willing to hold Kyle’s hand on a first date?

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So! Just one page left of the “Engaging the Enemy” arc of The Young Protectors, an arc that focused on fire-bending hero Kyle! What will we see? What will it mean?!

Tune in this Wednesday to find out! (And on that page, you’ll also get to find out all about the next arc of The Young Protectors: “Legendary”!)

Hope to see you there! 😀

  • Sapfo

    HAND HOLDING!!!

  • Aww. This is so sweet.

  • davefragments

    Two young men on a first date

  • Sapfo

    Yes! I would hold his hands! ^^

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    I love the sweetness of this!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Me too!!

  • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

    I’m still shipping Kyle + Spooky, but aww, Kyle + Sameer is pretty darned sweet!

    • Michael

      I’m sure Spooky would be more than happy to be the other slice of bread in a Sameer sandwich.

      • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

        Nom nom nom.

      • Toli Bera

        A Sameerwich?

      • Klaus

        It would totally be Spooky on top.

  • D’awwww!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Haha, I had the exact same reaction!

      • Pietro7

        Yup. Good for them! Kyle deserves some happiness, and if it gives Sameer some confidence too, then that’s a doubled gift. Well done, Alex, Adam & Vero!

      • Someone would have to have a heart of stone otherwise. 😀

  • Michael

    Cute!

    I was in a similar situation years ago, before I realised I’m asexual, and I was so nervous I almost threw up at the thought of holding hands in public. Afterwards the guy told me he was upset because our handshake was too short and businesslike. 🙁

    These days I’ve realised it’s because I don’t care for physical intimacy, not so much because I’m worried about what strangers in the street might think.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’m glad you’ve gotten a stronger sense of what you do and don’t want – it’s got to be really hard when so much of culture is stressing that you should want something.

      • Michael

        It was hard on him as well, poor guy. He was such a sweetheart (he even wrote a poem for me! <3) and I had to ruin what could have been a good thing with "I don't know if I'm capable of loving someone in a romantic way, and sex is just disgusting".

        We should have kept in touch, if he had been able to accept a non-intimate friendship.

  • Songbird

    If Sameer ends up being the male Killer Frost….

    … What? No I’m not hoping for a twist, why would you say tha–*flips table and books it*

  • stickfigurefairytales

    D’aww.

  • unknownlight927

    And just like that our little Kyle is all grown up. AWWWW!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Missed camping, but at least I made it to the new page before going to sleep!

    • davefragments

      It’s a page for pleasant dreams

    • sweet dreams dearest stick!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Just one page left?!?!

    • Yeah, kinda sad and excited at same time. This long story is over, but just after that is first page of Legendary.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Yeah!!

    • Michael

      They’d better kiss on the next page, or Alex will have wasted all our time 😛

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Hahaha

      • Mary Klemzak

        You never know!

        I just pray it won’t be a cliffhanger.. And we’d have to wait a month!

  • Kyle: I don’t care, no more hidden dating. Imma hold your hand in public.

    The difference from earlier is just awesome.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Next page Sameer is so inspired that he takes a daring public kiss.

    • De’y

      Haha. Ikr, cute.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Kyle: “And, the truth is, I’m just really looking forward to what comes next.”

    Oh, now you’re not even summarising the themes of the story. That’s just being meta! 😛

  • Justin

    It’s weird because of how ETE started, I’d assume Kyle would still be a little scared of being out, and I just assume Sameer would be a little more open. I’m glad he took Kyle’s hand.

    • davefragments

      The obvious question is then — how bad could a date go?
      Maybe, thanks to Lady Luck, it’s time for Kyle to enjoy a good time with jazz in the park and a young man on his shoulder.

      • Michael

        Compared to his last date? There’s not much that wouldn’t be better than that.

        At least Hunter and Killer aren’t likely to interrupt the Jazz band.

        • davefragments

          I have this odd feeling that Hunter and Killer are sharing bubble gum in a warm shower somewhere.

          added: there is a Hunter/Killer Romance Card

          • Michael

            Are you suggesting their superhero (villain?) names would be more accurate as Pitcher and Catcher? 😛 *suggestive eyebrow wiggle*

          • davefragments

            They do have that NSFW Romance Card. Either they are intimate or share their intimate “dates.”

          • Michael

            Of course they double-date! What if they’re attacked in the intermission?

          • davefragments

            Between jazz sets…

          • Michael

            That trombonist in the corner has a poison dart blowgun hidden in his trombone!

            *flying tackle into the bandstand*

            … well, he COULD have had one. You can never be too careful!

          • davefragments

            The most dangerous jazz I’ve ever seen is Miles Davis live scoring a film while puffing a cigarette between notes.

          • ….who has been leaking our secrets?

          • Klaus

            Where they are described individually as Kinsey 0 and 1, respectively. Killer has been unfaithful to his wife (then girlfriend) once, and suffered much from bad conscience. Hunter likes them young and easily dominated.

          • davefragments

            I think they have had their very own personal “Y Tu Mama Tambien” moment.

            {wink, wink, nudge, nudge}

      • Justin

        I mean, meeting your father when you’ve finally let yourself be intimate was a pretty bad date =p

        • davefragments

          It’s hard to think of worse “dates”…

  • Mary Klemzak

    Awwweeee!

    And looks like a lady behind them, approves!

    Why yes, I would love to hold his hand. Why not? Would be nice and warm in the winter. Just think… You’ll only need one glove when its cold! Maybe not even that. Switch sides!

    One more page, eh? Will it be on the same schedule, when it starts up again? Or will you take a break?

    • Klaus

      Alex has so far never taken a break.

      • Mary Klemzak

        Holy crap

        • Klaus

          Hard to believe, but true.

  • Is it just me or are the colors of the last few pages brighter? Less subdued?

    • Michael

      Reflective of Kyle’s mood, maybe? Or would that be reading too much int it?

      With Alex and Adam and Vero, is there such a thing as reading ‘too much’ into it?

    • Justin

      I feel like the styles of the coda is very similar to the start of the ETE, and I wonder if it’s to return to the scene of the crime, and view it from a different perspective =p

    • davefragments

      There is a very subtle color difference between the opening pages of ETE where Kyle meets Duncan and these closing pages. The settings are identical, but the meeting with Duncan is night and surreptitious. It appears ever so slightly darker.
      If this were music, I would say that the opening pages of ETE are mezzo or, even darker, contralto and these closing pages are soprano.

      • Pietro7

        Great metaphor, Dave.

  • Airboy Obsessed

    For a moment I thought Sameer was totally leaving his hand hanging and I started feeling that feeling you get when that actually happens…lol.

  • De’y

    So the holding hands is real cute right, but that’s too soon for me. They just met like 5 minutes ago. But hey, that’s just me. #teamkyleer or is it too soon?

    • Curt Clark

      I am still firmly on #TeamSpooKyle, but Sameer seems like a good egg — so far. ‘M WATCHING YOU, SUSPICIOUSLY SWEET KID.

      • De’y

        Aww #TeamSpooKyle I’ve kinda given up on that happening, sigh. But ikr, I’m watching him also but hoping for the best.

    • I think they’ve chatted some before this. Two pages ago Kyle said ‘Nice to finally meet you’. I’ve had a ‘first chatting then meeting date’ that had hand holding on first actual date since we had talked prior to meeting.

    • Jim Philbrick

      yes… that’s a bit unrealistic

      • fujoshifanatic

        Not necessarily. I have gone on dates where I hugged the person as a first greeting (I’m a hugger) as well as holding hands, especially if I have been corresponding with them for a while online or by phone. It depends on the individuals involved. 🙂

        • Jim Philbrick

          Holding hands in public 5 minutes into the first date is even remotely realistic?….. hmmmmmm

          • fujoshifanatic

            Maybe there’s a regional factor involved as well. I live in a part of the country where a lot of the population are from parts of the world where kissing as a form of greeting and holding hands and other intimacies among friends is not a big thing, so I guess it’s more common, even customary. Viver les differences, right?

  • TwilightDreamer

    aaaawww!! <3 <3

  • CecilDrumond

    I like Spooky x Kyle more, so I don’t like this “pairing” :/

    • Michael

      To each their own, but may I ask why you don’t like it?

      • timemonkey

        He just said, because he wants Kyle with Spooky.

        • Michael

          Ah, I read that ‘so’ as a ‘but’ for some reason.

  • This is full circle from where Kyle started on page one of the story, well-done! I enjoyed their holding hands and Sameer’s checking their surroundings first before accepting is sadly a touch of reality. I appreciated that detail. It shows a new sense of confidence in Kyle but that it is still a risky gesture. Lastly, Adam’s illustrations since Kyle left Dunkid have stood out to me.

    There is a certain “camera lens” quality to the illustrations. It is difficult to explain, as if Adam distorted his faces true to how they might appear in a camera lens. It is very subtle but true to how the human eye works. His panels convey a sense of depth I haven’t seen before. It could also be my imagination. I am enduring fevers and chills at the moment. I wonder if anyone else has detected it. Chris, ye of the Eagle Eye, do you see it? Anyone?

  • Awwww. 🙂

    At Worldcon, so more coherent comment will have to wait.

  • Klaus

    So shy.

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Holding hands… GIANT HAPPY SQUEE!
    Thank you A, A & V!

  • Klaus

    Compare the second panel on this page: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-page-13/

    • bronakopdin

      but right at the end of that scene he heard the “rather good advice from a bad guy” and with his experiences after it got out to his friends he probably stopped caring for real, which is a good thing ^^

  • ChibE

    It’s sweet, but I’m still holding out hope for Spooky and Kyle after Kyle gets a little more non-villainous romantic experiences.

    • Vaira

      I don’t, to be honest. Spooky just looks so childish to me. Him dating anyone looking of age seems improper. When I see early teens dating, it’s holding hands, blushing, shy kissing and looks sweet. When I see young adults+ dating, it’s “I want to see you in bed eventually” [if they are physically attractive to me]. Kyle looks like adult and is attractive. So put him to bed. Spooky looks like a chubby child. So no bed for him [as in – no visual-lust for a child for me]. It just doesn’t add up. Those things are complicated 😉

  • bronakopdin

    awwwww
    but isn’t he bold! Wouldn’t have thought he’d be doing that!
    So this time he’s the leading one? ^^
    Even though we don’t know too much about Sameer yet, all I hope for is for Kyle to actually find some happiness, in whatever form it might come to him x3

  • Jeff Baker

    Awwwwwwwwwww!

  • Madock345

    I just noticed Kyle and Sameer have pretty much the same hair.

    For whatever reason, that is what finally got me shipping them.

    • Jac

      Same hat!!!

  • Sapfo

    It feels like there is only one more page. Could this be true?

  • Shiny Gwilly

    AW
    ok, this is a cute page, super cute, 10/10
    Sameer couldn’t resist that offer even with how nervous he is, i wouldn’t be able to either!
    i love Kyle, i’m so proud of him

    • Biippa

      And I love your image. Sunset Shimmer is amaze.

      • Shiny Gwilly

        thanks! i love her a lot 😀

  • Earl Patterson

    Awwwwwwww!!!

    Maybe I should get same hair as they have… So I could get better luck!

  • Toli Bera

    *GASP* Hand holding?! On A First Date?! what next? Dancing? Direct Eye Contact? Dare I say…. a milkshake with two straws?!

    • Ishvaara

      We can only hope!

      • Toli Bera

        The Scandal! D8

  • Momoiro Saru

    I dunno..I’m still holding onto my ticket for the Duncan(not Dunkid) x Kyle Ship. Cus Dude! Villain / Hero Romance is AYCH-OHH-TEE!.

    • timemonkey

      Oh yeah, nothing is hotter than lies, manipulation, humiliation, exploitation and emotional abuse.

      • Momoiro Saru

        I knooooow..hardly ideal relationship material, like not at all. But maybe Redemption Romance? Maybe?

        • Ishvaara

          No. Seriously, NO. That’s the equivalent of INVITING someone to repeatedly abuse, rape, and spiritually violate you, and thanking them sincerely for every wound they inflict.

    • Vaira

      So do I, kind of. I don’t want them together, because Duncan is not a partner material, I just want this sex scene finished 😉 That would be convenient, because, as herald Jakyr says, two virgins in bed is one too many. 😉

      • Momoiro Saru

        Maybe Sameer isn’t a virgin..he was just nervous. Maybe he’s gonna be all freaky in bed and blow Kyle’s mind! ; )

  • Trisha

    It’s nice to see Kyle out exploring new relationships with confidence, but I’ve shipped Kyle x Spooky for a long time and really wanted to see them together. Was Spooky just kissing Kyle after he saved him to lead him on? Or was he just super grateful? XD

    • Jim Philbrick

      inquiring minds want that question explored and answered… def

    • fujoshifanatic

      Maybe it’s a factor of timing? Kyle just came out, so he probably needs to explore what’s out there (especially as a gay dude) before he starts dating a more settled, experienced “keeper” type like Spooky. If it was meant to be, I think they will eventually be at the right place and time for that to happen. 🙂

    • I don’t think Spooky would ever kiss Kyle just to lead him on. They’re too close (friends) for him to do that. I think it’s more of a factor that Spooky has a lot of things going on in his life that makes relationships hard for him. It’s mentioned on page 3 of the Coda as well.

      Just look at Spooky and Amanda. They’ve had an on/off (mostly off if I get it right) thing going on for years. That’s not just Spooky’s fault though. We’ve been told things about them in the comic, especially the Truth or Dare bonus story, but I don’t know if you’re a YP patron. There’s a Spooky short story on Patreon that dives into the surface of what some of those issues are/could be for Spooky.

  • Sarah Michaels

    Sameer may be concerned how people would regard a mixed relationship more than a gay one. (Irony.)

  • Nate

    I just wanted to mention how fascinated I am by the backgrounds in this. It really looks like an ordinary neighborhood… so much so that I actually tried to see what city it was based on.

    No luck, though. 😉

    • Seeing Adam and Vero render this new scene and location has been a special treat for me.

  • bandanajack

    one of the caveats a fully out person must take heed of is to not invest in someone with one or both feet still in the closet and god forbid taking it all the way with a virgin… let someone else do the training, because 9 times out of 10 they take their new found knowledge on the road often without a look back.

  • Jim Philbrick

    Holding hands on the first moments of the first date?…. Well now…..

  • fujoshifanatic

    This is such a cute page! And while there has been some discussion of irony in the comments, another piece of irony is the fact that despite his efforts and intentions, Anni actually followed the Golden Rule of dating someone much younger than yourself (according to Dan Savage); always leave them better and with more knowledge than when you found them. Kyle will be just fine from here on out, and Sameer will happily reap the benefits. Thanks Anni!

  • Would I be willing to hold Kyle’s hand on the first date?

    If you knew what I’ve done on the first date, you’d know hand holding is not out of the question. 😛

  • Rob Roy

    Awww… that last panel is meltingly lovely.

  • Kate G

    That last panel: <3.

  • wohdin

    >hand holding

    *DEGENERACY*

  • Dekira

    <3

  • Ecaille13

    Hmm, maybe he has a power over dogs, maybe he can with dogs. Dogman? haha

  • Nice page!! 🙂

  • Shinashi

    Omggggg So in love!!! With this and everything and all!

  • Alexandra Rayan

    <3 So sweet! 🙂

  • Ishvaara

    Can’t wait to see you at Flame Con! I had to miss it last year, but I’m not making that mistake again, especially not if you’re going to be there!

    • And… it was my plan to go… and some last minute family stuff got in the way this year. So I can’t make it. :/

      But Adam DeKraker will be there. And I will definitely be there next year. It’s a really great time.

      • Ishvaara

        Looking forward to meeting him, then. It’s a shame you couldn’t go, but yeah, family stuff, I get it. This’ll actually be my first year attending as well, I haven’t been able to do many cons before now due to life, illness, etc. BTW, if either you or Adam get the opportunity, there’s this great con for independent creators called Inbeon Con on Long Island. I’ve tabled there before, and it’s just a great place for creators.

  • Ishvaara

    Oh, I’d do MUCH more than just hold his hand, if only he’d let me! I still remember his Romance card, after all! If it weren’t for my body type, I’d definitely fit his requirements for a slightly older (if around 10 years is slightly) guy who could show him the ropes, and oh, he’d get such a thorough tour!

  • Klaus

    All about Legendary? So there would be no surprises when reading it?

    • Madock345

      Yeah, Alex has kindly decided to save us from all the trouble of worrying and speculations and just publish his scripts. Very thoughtful of him I think.

  • Jason Moon

    This seems to be hopeful.

  • Artemis

    I’d be down to hold Kyle’s hand even if we weren’t on a date.

  • Foye

    Now that I think about it, my bad hand puns would’ve done great on this page as well. What’s up with hand-themed convos this time of the year anyway?

    On another note, awww, this is sweet. Not sweet enough to make me overdose on strawberry fructose, but close.

  • Nicolas Westland

    So what happenes to Kyle and spooky? What did that kiss mean? Oh the hype for more pages 😀

    • davefragments

      We will learn more in the next story — “Legendary”

    • KatKaleen

      Just a guess: Since Kyle can now control his powers, maybe he wants to fool around a bit before a committed relationship.
      Of course there is no need for a relationship… I just ship Kyle and Spooky so much. ^o^”

  • davefragments

    A pack of chihuahuas…
    That’s what we need, a pack of chihuahuas

    • Pietro7

      Ahhh, but what kind of chihuahuas? Friendly cuddly chihuahuas? Frenetic leaping chihuahuas? Savage bloodthirsty carnivorous chihuahuas that encircle their prey and close in? Details are so important. 🙂

      • davefragments

        puppies

  • Snorlaxation

    If there’s one thing that sticks out about my ~ex, it would be how comfortable he made me feel with pda. I didn’t feel the need to worry about other people’s reactions or responses. He didn’t do it often, but when he did, it made me feel like glowing.

    I’m so glad that Kyle found this for himself, and I can’t wait to see how he fares with his next adventure.

    • KatKaleen

      Hi there! Uhm, I might be slow on the uptake, but what is “pda”?

      • davefragments

        public display of affection

        {It’s like those pictures from the stadium “kiss cam” at a baseball game}

        • KatKaleen

          Ooohhh! Thanks, now I get it. ^u^

      • Snorlaxation

        public displays of affection, like hugging, hand holding, kissing or outright making out.

  • Awww

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Just look at the grown up smile and the patience Kyle gives Sameer in Panel 3. It’s so great. Totally saying, It’s okay, no pressure if you want to but, honestly, you’re totally safe with me. And this is one case where that is extremely true.

    Just had to take another quick peek at a “quiet character” that makes me happy. Thanks y’all.

    • Glad it’s making you happy, Chris. And it’s always fun to get your thoughtful analysis on the page. 🙂

  • John

    I’m too scared to hold hands in public still. 🙁

    • Ditto. 🙁

    • KatKaleen

      I was a bit freaked when my boyfriend took me to a restaurant and stroked my hand. It’s something you get used to, I guess.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I hope we can reach a world where no one has to be afraid about that any more.

      • John

        Me too!

    • TwoWayStar

      *pats* its hard! it is..but we’ll get there one day. little steps sometimes..just stand closer and closer as time goes by. brush hands.

      or if youre feeling particularly silly, link their elbow with yours and march while singing a silly song.

      these are what i did until we could work up the courage to hold hands. and then to do it often enough that we’re not as scared anymore.

  • davefragments

    Hello Campers,
    How is it going with y’all?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Personally, fine. Overall, bemused, tending towards angry as a default state.
      There was a time about a decade ago when Australia had a round of political backstabbing where the sitting Prime Ministers were being replaced about once a year. And the rest of the world was like, “What the hell, Australia?”
      And then Britain rolled up it’s sleeves, asked bystanders to hold its glass of beer, and said “Watch this.” And Brexit happened.
      And then the United States rolled up it’s sleeves, asked bystanders to hold its glass of beer, and said “Watch this.” And Trump happened.
      And now the Federal Parliament, in an attempt to win back the horrified attention that it lost a few years back, is trying to do… well, a couple of things, actually. There’s something like a slasher movie happening, where section 44 of the constitution is stalking the halls of parliament, knocking off sitting members one by one, and the government’s response seems to be to try to start a war with New Zealand. Or something. It’s very strange.

      • davefragments

        Yeah, I’ve been avoiding news all day. The self-immolation that occurred today is unique in my (roughly) 50-plus years of listening to politics. There’s a reason that I talk about Opera and Lieder and movies and books. The latest song cycle contains Vaughan William’s “Wither Must I Wander” which is simply beautiful.

        • Saxon_Brenton

          Ah, that sounds nice. And of course, we have the final page of YP to look forward to. I’m guessing a “holding hands while walking into the sunset (with no actual sunset)” scene.

          • davefragments

            I prefer the ending of Blazing Saddles — a limousine with theme song and a sunset

          • davefragments

            I keep hearing “Satin Doll” by Duke Ellington

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Oh, good lord. Maybe we should have considered just letting Laampros take over.

        • I personally still think Cthulhu is an option…

          • stickfigurefairytales

            No, he (it?) would still be worse, I think.

          • Eh…not by much at the moment.

      • I’m just really hoping that the next to say Hold My Beer isn’t North Korea. Trump has basically asked them to do this.

        • Saxon_Brenton

          [blinks] Aw crap. I hadn’t even considered that possibility. Being parochial, I guess.

    • Awake now. Having a summer cold, which somehow feels worse than having a cold during winters, but excited to see the next page.

      • davefragments

        The next page is complete puzzle to me.

        • I hope it’s nothing but a cute one.

          (And if any ‘drama’ that it involves Spooky and no one else)

          • davefragments

            Cute would be good.

            Perhaps it could be one of those “monster really didn’t die” sneak peaks. That would be OK, too.

          • Bei Dawei

            Or a cameo from Stan Lee.

    • Pietro7

      Tolerably well. Had to drive almost 400 miles today on my work, which was tiring, but since most of it was on a fairly empty stretch of Interstate highway I tested my engine and drove at 90 mph for a while. My my, a (mostly) empty four-lane-divided-highway is mesmerizing.

      But tonight, page update!

      • davefragments

        I won’t drive my current car that fast. It feels floaty and unstable over 80.
        For a few years I drove 50 miles to Morgantown WV several times a week for work. It wasn’t bad because I had a car that could do it with ease. Although, I once waited for twenty 18-wheelers to pass the on-ramp before I could get on the highway.

        • Pietro7

          Whee! That’s a lot of 18-wheelers. I’m not sure I saw 20 of them all day today, despite covering so many miles. But it was rural country and we’ve had enough rain lately that everything was really green. Though corn and wheat and soybeans pretty much look the same regardless. 🙂

          • davefragments

            Route 70 west through Washington PA and into Wheeling WV. The trucks turn off the PA Turnpike at New Stanton and go through Southern Ohio toward St Louis rather than follow the turnpike up to Cleveland and points northwest.

        • Wayne Lunkwitz

          Hmmm…..somewhere I hear the voice of C.W. McCall…..saying…..Looks like we got us a convoy!

          • Pietro7

            LOL!
            I remember that song. But Wolf Creek Pass is not as bad as he makes it sound. 🙂

    • Justin

      Needing a break from all the work, but I’m not sure how I’ll respond to the next/last page.

      • davefragments

        I’m not sure how I feel.
        I’m just happy that there will be more.

    • Bei Dawei

      Okeley diddley dokeley! Psyched for an epic “camp”!

      • davefragments

        Oooh-LaLa

        sounds good to me!

        • Bei Dawei

          “Young Protectors: Scat Singing”!

          Fortunately the time difference is in my favor here.

          • davefragments

            vocalese

  • Bei Dawei

    So Kyle needs a new, more mature superhero name. What do you think it should be? I nominate “Captain Flamboyant.”

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      I suggest a play on words here……Captain “Flame” boyant maybe

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Hi everyone……fresh home baked chocolate chip cookies over here…..

    • davefragments

      I’ll have a cookie, thanks

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Thanks, I could really use one!

    • Pietro7

      Yum! Thanks! (greedily nabs two)

      My favorite!

      Actually, any fresh cookies tend to be my favorite. 🙂

  • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

    I made peach cobbler tonight! For real! ^_^

    • Bei Dawei

      I assume this is part of some Satanic ritual to open up a portal to hell.

      • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

        Maybe. *called wickedly*

        • Bei Dawei

          I have a tub of ice cream before me now. Wait, make that half a tub. Hell will come later, from the Mrs.

    • Pietro7

      Do you share your peach cobbler? 🙂

    • davefragments

      you’re going to spoil all of us

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Nice! How is it?

      • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

        It’s good! It could use some ice cream, but most desserts could.

        • Bei Dawei

          No! Not sharing! It’s mine, all mine!

        • Wayne Lunkwitz

          Everything goes better with ice cream!

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      Trade you two chocolate chip cookies (I really did bake them this afternoon) for one serving of that…..it’s been ages!

      • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

        I accept your trade! *nom nom*

  • Bei Dawei

    Thus spake…some internet site, half of it is from Wikipedia:

    “Sameer is a male given name with two origins, in Arabic and Sanskrit. The Arabic Sameer means : jovial, entertaining or pleasant companion, while the Hindi Sameer and Sankrit Sameer mean: air, wind.”

    (A charming companion? Wind vs fire?)

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I like that line of thinking.

  • Adam Black

    hello

    • davefragments

      Hi Adam

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Adam!

      • *hugs* Hey stick.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          *hugs* Hi Doki. Things are incredibly f*cked up in the world, aren’t they?

          • yes. very. the more things happen the more I don’t want to leave the house.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            *hugs Doki*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            (That was an upvote of sympathy and support for you, not an upvote of being happy about you feeling awful.)

          • davefragments

            There is a flower waiting that wants you to sniff it’s wondrous fragrance and admire it’s beauty.
            There is a bird that want your ears to appreciate its singing.
            There is a silly little cricket that hopes you will be comforted by its chirping well into the evening.
            And without you, a big ball of hot gas will rise tomorrow instead of a beautiful golden yellow sun.

          • Pietro7

            Can we tempt you out with Thin Mints? 🙂 Just out here on the lawn, under the shade trees, next to the flowers, enjoying the birds singing? (And eating cookies!)

          • Tempted, but then I would have to collect them and then go back inside. They have been mowing the lawn so my allergies are extremely sensitive at the moment. Even with allergy meds. -_-

          • Pietro7

            What a bummer! Hope it gets better soon.

          • Pietro7

            It can get worse, alas.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            That’s…not helpful.

          • Bei Dawei

            What specifically are you worried about?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Having a president who blames anti-Nazi protesters for getting murdered by neo-Nazi terrorists, thus further emboldening hate groups in our country. Oh, and nuclear war with North Korea.

          • Bei Dawei

            Well, the first is largely symbolic. Anyway, both Trump and the neo-Nazi driver are playing into the hands of their opponents. As for North Korea, Kim Jong-Un seems to be quite rationally protecting his own backside. I doubt he’d be the one to start a war, nuclear or otherwise. Trump, on the other hand, may see a Korean war as a means of boosting his popularity.

          • kuku

            HIs approval emboldens them to murder. It is genuinely scary.

          • Bei Dawei

            Well, he has shifted the terms of political rhetoric, but that could work both ways. Remember that murder is still illegal, and the sort of people who would be emboldened to do this sort of thing, probably weren’t waiting for his permission.

          • kuku

            The Southern Poverty Law Center tracks hate crimes, and as Trump’s risen, so have hate crimes.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I would not overestimate the rationality of Kim Jong-Un in general, nor of Donald Trump. It’s pretty terrifying.

            With regard to the first, an innocent woman has been murdered, and all the bad press in the world can’t undo that. We’re already seeing additional hate crimes like the vandalization of the Holocaust memorial in Boston.

            Having the highest official in the nation attempt to blame anti-racist protestors for the violent acts of despicable people only makes such people feel more justified and supported, which makes them bolder and more likely to act on their hatred.

          • Adam Black

            makes me wonder if I should flee to canada

          • Bei Dawei

            Not that simple. You have to apply for residency, you know. It’s not like the Vietnam era.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Thank you for asking, though. Sorry to bring down the room.

          • Bei Dawei

            No, no–I’m sure most of us share your concerns.

    • Hello!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Hi.

      • Adam Black

        hey

    • Adam Black

      Thanks… I’m about to watch the Crazy Presidential pro nazi Press conference…

      does anyone think I shouldn’t watch it?

      • davefragments

        It’s a self-immolation of the political kind that is truly, amazingly, terribly unique.

        • Adam Black

          That sounds good and hopeful

          • davefragments

            Appalling is the word in my mind.

          • Adam Black

            depends what is immolated.
            is it his presidency or is it us?

          • davefragments

            him

          • Adam Black

            sounds good to me.
            ill roll the dice for another, another Prez.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Pence? He would be just as bad, except not as likely to do or say something stupid enough to jeopardize his position.

          • Adam Black

            Every week we see that He is as bad as Pences worst,
            or maybe worse.
            Pence helped fund Pepfar to fight aids internationally, Trump is trying to slash it.

            Ive never seen seen Pence make excuses for Nazis,
            ( plus I think teh Mueller Investigation will eventually bring down Pence too )

          • kuku

            All the way through his candidacy I thought that the things he said meant there was no way he’d get elected. One must hope his presidency goes before we all do, but since he shouldn’t have had a snowball’s chance in hell of getting elected, in the first place….

          • Wayne Lunkwitz

            I’m sorry……but here I must disagree…….Hillary would have been much worse than him for the country……..with her many real and imagined health issues while her husband steps in and secretly helps Obama to finish destroying the country.

          • davefragments

            Please don’t argue.
            These page updates have been my refuge from some hard personal times and in this year politics. Please leave it that way.

          • kuku

            Well, I imagine our views are too far apart to have a productive discussion about it here.

      • Bei Dawei

        More summer reruns.

      • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

        Like, the one that already happened, or is he doing another one?

        • Adam Black

          the one from this afternoon that hasnt gone away.

          • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

            I hadn’t checked the news yet today (so I just did so now) and wow, I don’t even know what to say. I am, yet again, so angry. That man is so terrible. Both sides came at each other with clubs? Such lies. He doesn’t even try for the truth.

          • Adam Black

            I havent finished watching it,
            but the commentary is on fire like … it seems as ant-President, as during Iran contra .I had to reach back 30 years to remember.

          • Adam Black

            I was expecting it to be worse.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        It’s usually better to be informed than not, although I physically can’t bear to listen to that hideous man spew his hateful idiocy. (I’m just reading transcripts)

  • Pietro7

    Thanks very much! I’ll have a little with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and savor it slowly.

    By the way, I’ll leave the ice cream and spoon on the table next to your pie.

    • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

      Wonderful!

  • Bei Dawei

    They were actually bred for their meat.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Someone explain to me why I feel so good tonight, please…….no bowling tomorrow (it’s a true guilty pleasure for me)……I have a house to clean, a lawn that needs mowing…..when the daytime rain stops…..I should feel stressed but instead I feel happy….what’s wrong with me?

    • davefragments

      Nothing,
      Your world is normal, mundane, routine and that’s good.

      • Wayne Lunkwitz

        Ahhhh! THAT”S what it is…….I had my controls set between “Abby-normal and crazy” I have no tolerance for “Normal”

  • Bei Dawei

    So…what’s the next page going to be?

    “It’s your kids! Something has got to be done about your kids!”

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hahahahaha!

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      I wonder what would happen if Sameer finds out about Kyle’s alter-ego the flamer…..what would he do? Suggest bubble-gum pink lipstick to go with the stelletos of choice for the evening?

  • Page wll be up soon. 🙂

  • davefragments

    Patreon Rumbles

  • Putting something else than politics into the comments section (I would like to escape that here just for one night), I’m so happy that Alex decided years ago thathe wanted to make this story longer than the original story he made first (to be in an anthology) – which is what now is the Prologue part.
    It’s been years of time consuming dedication to get the pages out, never missing an update night, even if it meant putting an extra bonus comic up and/orit being a holiday night or during a time of huge personal grief.

    This comic has given me a lot of great times, both from the pages, but just as much from commenting about the pages and good timed with other commenters. This is a special community that I hope will never change.

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      I totally agree…..even though I did comment my mind…..I agree.

      • I did one reply on comment, but otherwise not reading any of them.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          That’s totally fair.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Yes. Just… yes.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Yes, thank you. I’m sorry to have shifted the tone of things so drastically. I know a lot of us (myself included) do see this as a bit of a sanctuary, and I do want to respect that. Everything that’s going on is certainly not easy and does deserve our attention, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting a little space to escape from that for a bit.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Also yes, I am so delighted and grateful for this comic and this community. 🙂

    • This really is an amazingly special community. It really is an honor creating this story for you. Hugs to each and every one of you. 🙂

    • Pietro7

      And kudos to Danish Wolf, Admiral Jane, and Dave Fragments for managing this comments page so gracefully and effectively. This is a wonderful place to visit, and return again and again. Significant credit goes to you three. Huzzah!

  • davefragments
  • Thank you, David! Welcome to the Comments Section! I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know you’re enjoying the comic! 🙂

  • Caring Opiner

    Hello awesome people, greetings from India! I have finally decided to stop lurking and join the active community of YP readers :D.

    Thanks + Congrats to Alex and the artists for such fantastic work…

    • davefragments

      welcome to the comments

    • Hello to you in India, and welcome to the comments.

    • Welcome ^_^

    • Pietro7

      Glad to have you aboard!

  • somebody

    “And that children, is how I met your father”