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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Coda—Page 4

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Good luck, Kyle!

So! Who is Kyle going to go see at ExSec HQ? And why would they be discussing fine dining?

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

AND HAPPY 4TH OF JULY, EVERYONE! Hope our readers in the U.S. had a fun one!

  • Cydney Sabin

    Now things get interesting…

  • davefragments

    Now I really want to see that next page or two.
    I really want to know how Kyle handles this…

  • Zephyr10101

    Fava beans?

    • Fava, not fave. Likely a hint to their first Hongkong date.

    • ComicBookGoddess

      Hannibal Lecter reference.

      Fun fact: the original reference implies he was off his psych meds. 🙂

      • That too. I like how Fluke’s comment has a double meaning, because it reference double.
        (unless I get that wrong with it also being hinted at Kyle’s two dates with Duncan).

  • Pietro7

    This has many (possibly complicated) implications. I hope Kyle doesn’t do something showy and . . . unwise. 🙁

    • Curt Clark

      I hope it’s been long enough for Kyle to get his…unwisdom…out of his system back at the battle site.

  • David Welbourn

    Oo, serious. I hate being put on the hot seat. Fortunately, Kyle can handle the heat.

    • David Welbourn

      Looking at the other comments, I feel like an idiot. I was thinking Kyle was going to be interrogated by army officials, but no, of *course* he’s going to talk to Duncan. The Hannibal Lector reference ought to have made that really clear, but somehow I didn’t connect the dots.

      • Foye

        I don’t even know who Hannibal is so, I get what you mean.

        BTW: Before I am impaled by the pitchforks of an angry mob for my ignorance, I’d like to say that I watch neither tv series nor movies.

        • davefragments

          Hannibal Lector is a character in Thomas Harris’ book “The Silence of the Lambs” about a serial killer given the name “Buffalo Bill” by the FBI. Lector is a rather nasty serial killer who the main character – Clarice Starling – consults in jail.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silence_of_the_Lambs_(novel)

          • Foye

            Frightening. Read the wikipedia page + the character page. Somehow ended up on the pages of real life killers which may have inspired the author. When I read Albert Fish’s, the shivers were so strong I’m pretty sure I became a block of ice for at least 30 seconds. When his attorney was prompted by journalists to reveal the contents of the of the murderer’s “final statement”, the attorney said: “I will never show it to anyone. It was the most filthy string of obscenities that I have ever read.” In other words, you don’t wanna know and that was a good thing he kept it to himself. It’s not a subject for the feeble minds. I think I’m going to read a lot of comic books today… to forget.

          • davefragments

            “Silence of the Lambs” is #2 on my list of creepy movies never to watch alone or late at night. I class the book with Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” which is also about brutal murders and Vincent Bugliosi’s “Helter Skelter.”

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Oh yummy. Off to a monitored chat with little Duncan (?). This could be fun. Alex you do give good cliff hanger if I do say so myself (and I do)!

    Doesn’t need saying but the layout and camera work of all the panels in this little lobby section are just beautiful and really show off how far you guys have come in mastering this world and it’s characters. Just wonderful.

    As always, thank Alex, Adam and Vero. You make even the forth of July holiday weekend way more fun than one might expect. There isn’t really a ‘day’ that ‘page-day’ doesn’t make BETTER! *applause*

    • Curt Clark

      “Camera work”. I like it. 🙂

  • Ooh, he’s going to talk to young Duncan. Time for popcorn?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Ah, good point. I had originally interpreted this as preparing for a debrief session with ExSec, but a meeting with young Annihilator makes more sense.

      • ComicBookGoddess

        I suspect that ExSec allowed it because they view it as another chance to debrief…

  • ComicBookGoddess

    Impressive, and narratively a lot stronger than I expected, even given my already high opinion of the creative team.

  • Kyle has this. No worries. ^_^

  • davefragments

    I’m going out on a limb and saying that {IMHO} the meeting is with the head of shriveled and wrinkled old head of ExSec whose bureaucratic ego and feelings were hurt because he’s the “boob” who called all the superheroes off-world and left no one behind but a handful of teens with questionable powers. So if you remember the image of the evilly grinning Hannibal Lecter drooling and licking his lips like Pavlov’s Dog at a British Change Bell festival…
    {hint: mmmm, young fresh meat!}

    • You don’t think he’s going to see a locked up, isolated Duncan?

      • davefragments

        There’s two plot lines left to bring to a close. One is ExSec and the other is Duncan. My thoughts are that the ExSec one is closed first and Duncan either left ambiguous or teased for a future story.

        • But Fluke say ‘he’ along with a Hannibal prisoner reference. Amanda say Kyle is cleared to go down there – just where Duncan would be put -as in a private convo way underground that Gordon thinks is too soon.

          I don’t think a ExSec interogation would happen with one guy this way.

          • davefragments

            Yeah, I didn’t read it that way when I first saw the page. I think you might be right. I originally took the reference as a creepy old ExSec man reference. I’ve had other thoughts of possible future occurrences where at some time Duncan’s memory returns. That would have two possibilities — one that Duncan seeks out Sircea or two that Duncan is abysmally regretful and guilt ridden.
            But deep in the back of my mind, that’s not the next story. Just a guess.

          • Klaus

            Kyle would have no choice but to talk the ExSec boss.

          • davefragments

            The dirty little secret is that being held in “contempt of congress” is bad but there’s no congressional prison or even an office to detain someone. Congress can only withhold money.

        • Nate

          I think I agree, because even when Anni was empowered, he wasn’t as cunning as Lecter. Charming, sure. (Silver) foxy, yeah. But Lecter isn’t the person I would think of comparing him to.

          Plus, as far as Paul knows, Dunkid is still amnesiac. It doesn’t make SENSE for him to expect Annihilittle to be all psychologically manipulative. I’d expect more “Don’t fall for his innocent puppy dog look. That’s what Nate does.” 😀

          So that suggests someone else. Someone incredibly dangerous and smart, who might get Kyle to say something he shouldn’t. Perhaps a Lex Luthor type, who ExSec uses as a captive resource?

          (LexSec?)

  • Okay, I was just imagining Dunkid saying that line. That is some creepiness right there.

  • Gordon… while I like him in superhero suit (or almost lack of it), I am not dissapointed. He really does look handsome in a suit.

    Makes me kind of sad that our youngest team mates are in their regular hero suits, to protect their identity -and likely Kyle’s next meeting is better done in his suit. I would LOVE to see them all in suits, but maybe especially Kyle of the three there.

  • So was Dunkid lying about not remembering, or did he actually not remember? Enquiring minds want to know.

    • davefragments

      The big, big question

      • Indeed!!

        • davefragments

          a bit of movie garbage… since we’ve talked about some…
          FX is repeating “Green Lantern” which is a truly awful movie. Worst of all, every time I hear Ryan Reynold’s voice, I hear DEADPOOL… Now that would be a fun movie – Deadpool and his vulgarity as Hal Jordan.

          • Curt Clark

            “Just don’t make the cosutme green!…or animated…”

          • Deadpool with a Lantern’s ring? OMG I WANNA SEE IT!

          • davefragments

            My thoughts, too

    • NoiseShaper

      Even if he doesn’t remember now, it might still come back to him later.

      In that case, how will his restarted mind react to those new memories…?

      • Probably not well. If he was truly restarted and had become a different person or went back to being the person he had been before he harmed those kids.

        • davefragments

          I remember Sircea mocking Duncan in chapter 2 over his conscience about killing the human sacrifices in the box and exposing the 6 billion of Earth to Laampros and his minions.

  • Also, I like how the team is obvbiously keeping secrets for ExSec, about sone VERY specific details, to protect Kyle and probably other things that was done during their fight.

    Will they tell later, since the full hearing hasn’t happened yet, or will they keep it a secret? Now written testimonies seem more important than ever.

    • davefragments

      I didn’t say anything about “congressional hearings” before but I know a little bit about them (the director of the research center I was summoned to congress a time or two) and they are all scripted. Presentations are prepared. Slides made in some cases (super-duper Powerpoint). Questions and answers prepared. Nothing much is left to chance. IT’s rare that congressional staff goes off on a riff or a congress-persona goes off in an unknown direction. Nothing is ever left to chance that way.

  • syllibub

    So Kyle’s most likely going to talk to Duncan, huh? The Lecter reference made me think he’d be seeing some kind of ExSec psychologist at first.

    I’ve got an iffy feeling about ExSec as an organization in general — there’s no real basis for it, just a suspicion. Basically I’m glad that they’re not going to tell ExSec everything, and it’s nice to see the team rally around Kyle!

    • timemonkey

      Media has pretty much conditioned us to suspect the worst of any company looking into super science or magic.

      • The Outer Limits and Twilight Zone also helped. ^_^

        • And Torchwood for Whoniverse fans.

          • Curt Clark

            Timemonkey and I are both X-Men nerds, so we are all too familiar with Weapon X. :p

  • Klaus

    Now I realised what this lobby reminds me of. The first Hellboy film.

    • davefragments

      It needs a snappy, meaningful and catchy motto like “in the absence of light, darkness thrives” that drools off the tongue.

      • Klaus

        Extraordinary threats require extraordinary measures.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Hope everyone who celebrated had a great 4th of July! My guess is that he is going into ExSec’s deep, dark hole were they are keeping Dunkid (poor thing). If so, I’m wondering if he got any of his memories back. If not, poor thing! If so, that conversation might get a little awkward, since Kyle might be discussing betrayal things (sexual and otherwise) with someone who DOES NOT look like the person he spent the night with. But I really want to see how Dunkid is coping with the “deal” he struck with Laampros–and how it might have affected Sircea, if he remembers that much. My guess is that is the main “official” reason he is visiting in the first place.

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      Local fireworks display was amazing this year…..that and the fact that I was with amazing friends!

  • Jeldenil

    Awww Gordon. You’ve done so well. I wonder why Hannibal is interviewing, though.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Fava beans and whut???? Never mind…..I probably don’t want to know.

    • Klaus

      That is a quote bungled by idiot film makers. In one of the Hanibal the Cannibal books, Hanibal eats a person’s liver with some very expensive wine and fava beans. The filmmakers believed that it would be better if it was a type of wine the audience knew, and changed it to the very commonplace chianti, totally ruining the point.

      • Curt Clark

        The film, and the best-known Hannibal Lecter book, is called Silence of the Lambs; the movie is where the quote’s from, like Klaus said. There was also Hannibal and Red Dragon, both of which I believe were made into films that did not do as well.

        And, of course, Hannibal got a TV show that everyone on Tumblr creams themselves over.

      • Wayne Lunkwitz

        I’ve seen one of the movies……and it was (Pardon the pun) Tasteless as far as I’m concerned.

  • davefragments

    La Planche des Bel Filles will wake me tomorrow while the next page is days away. I will think more about the next page more between now and then.

    • Klaus

      But how do beech trees turn into girls?

      • davefragments

        I have the Tour de France on my mind. It’s the ski station near Plancher-les-Mines where today’s stage ends.

  • bronakopdin

    I had to google it bc I only watched the movie in German and that was a long time ago x’D
    Let’s hope they won’t rip Kyle apart like Hyenas >/////<

  • As soon as Amanda said “You’re cleared to go down there” I thought of the deep hole she’d previously said ExSec would stash Duncan in. 🙂

    Are we going to find out how permanent the physical and mental effects of Laampros’s “gift” were/are? This is clearly some time later, and it’s possible the perpetual youth was dependent on Laampros’s presence on Earth.

    • Pietro7

      I’m hoping we’re going to find out _something_ about kid Duncan’s state and status. This has so many earmarks of a tragedy; I’m hoping Kyle can turn it into something happier.

      • NoiseShaper

        Indeed, provided Duncan actually isn’t who he had been before…!

  • Klaus

    I would expect Kyle to have to go through a lengthy briefing first, with instructions that make the whole thing pointless. Like “Don’t mention the demons.”

    • Nate

      And now, thanks to you, I’m picturing Young Protectors as FAWLTY TOWERS. 😀

      • Klaus

        Sorry about that. But it is all right. He is from Barcelona.

    • Well, it’s technically a debriefing… and now why did my mind just go to a naughty place?

      • Klaus

        A debriefing is a party reporting back on something they have done. This would be Kyle getting instructions on something he is about to do. A briefing. But debriefing does lead more easily to naughty thoughs.

        • Wayne Lunkwitz

          Does he even wear briefs under that suit??? Or is it more like a thong thing? >:)

          • Toli Bera

            bodyglide. cuts down on the chafing.

          • Pietro7

            We already know that he doesn’t, because 1) no seam lines, and 2) when Fluke brought the uniform to the warehouse, he did not bring underwear – and no, i don’t think it was because he couldn’t find any. 🙂

          • ComicBookGoddess

            Probably a dance belt, really.

  • Curt Clark

    So…Kyle is the interview-ER, not the interview-EE.

    Dunkid seems to be the general consensus. And HOO BOY is there a lot to unpack with him, even if what he says about his memory is true.

  • azoreseuropa

    Why is “Good luck” have to do with it ? It is just superstitious. Silly.

  • Toli Bera

    What if… It’s Maven down there? She’s the leader of ExSec? 😛

    • Pietro7

      Noooooooo!

    • Madock345

      Man, I’d love to see that amazing bitch again. Her doing the psych evaluations on the team after all this would be seriously cool. Someone do a fanfic now!

  • Sherika

    Part of me thinks their meeting one very fancy cannibal

  • Jason Moon

    Hopefully they’ll pronounce Chianti correctly. I heard that Sir Anthony fumbled that(CHEE-yanti, rather than KEE-yanti)

    I like how the Commander fills out a suit! Rowr!

    • TwilightDreamer

      both her and Tsunami manage to pull off suits 🙂

      • Jac

        I’d pull off their suits….

        … wait, what are we talking about?

        • Wayne Lunkwitz

          Hey guys…….remember Kyle……..Mr. cute buns?? who wants to join me in speculating over what’s under his suit? Boxers briefs or thong……maybe nothing!!!

          • ComicBookGoddess

            Well, we KNOW it was nothing at least part of the time…

          • Klaus

            Kyle goes Commander?

          • davefragments

            Back in Chapter 2, Kyle lost his cloths at the end of the chapter. And in Chapter 3, pages 15 and 16, we can defiantly see his is definitely commando. . .

          • Klaus

            His friends apologised that they brought nothing but his suit.

          • Madock345

            I’m going with Boxer-Briefs

            They seem to be the most popular option for people in Kyle’s generation.

          • davefragments

            Ask the Cyclists in the Tour de France

          • Jac

            Jock strap with cup, gotta be.

        • TwilightDreamer

          XP

  • Amy Tombleson

    Awwww I love how far they’ve all come as team mates, especially Kyle and Tsunami 😀

  • Pikinanou

    Dat suit! I kinda wanted Kyle to also wear a suit… maybe later?

    • Klaus

      He is no longer a minor, so he is not legally required to wear a mask. He looked rather uncomfortable in a suit in a suit in chapter one.

  • davefragments

    Today, stage 7 of the Tour de France (213km, 132mi) was decided by less than 1/10 inch (2mm). That’s the photo finish to end all photo finishes.

    • I really think they should have shared that stage win.

      • davefragments

        That’s what it looked like to me, but, I doubt they would listen to me.

        • Yeah. The Danish commentators was surprised the tour management didn’t let them share. I thought it unfair.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    For your camping entertainment: hellsnake fanfic

    Shane And The Hellsnakes – 33rd Bite
    (A Young Protectors occult sitcom fanfic. Inspired by the stories of AMW comics.)

    Penultimate episode: (almost completed!)
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    PAGE 1 – Big Entrance
    (1.1) Wide shot of city street, showing the ‘tidal wave of custard’ that Pete spotted last episode. Huey the hellsnake has animated a single self-sustaining wave of custard using custardbending, and is using it to hold up and propel along a small car that his group has commandeered. The three of them – Huey, Alice and the Silver Gnu – are riding it like a surfboard, with Huey on the bonnet like a hood ornament, Alice seated on the roof with her feet resting on the windshield, and the Silver Gnu somehow managing to stand in the superheroic arms-akimbo stance. Huey looks grimly determined, and Alice is watching Huey in concern.
    (1.2) Wide shot of the street where the medics have set up their triage centre. Kat, Joel and Pete are watching the approach of the custard wave with various expressions of enthusiasm or bemusement. Shane still looks a little bit worried, but is pleased that Huey has arrived to help and is a bit more upbeat that he did last episode.
    Joel: “Is this the type of thing that regularly happens to you?”
    Shane: “Yeah, I guess you could say that.”
    (1.3) Repeat of the previous panel. All the characters are in much the same place, but with Shane turning to Joel with a quizzical look on his face.
    Shane: “Uhm… Sorry, is this a problem with the weird shit? I kinda stopped paying attention to that a few years back. After a while you realise that worrying about it just gets in the way.”
    (1.4) Wide shot of the street, with Huey’s custard wave being allowed to gently collapse and deposit the car onto the road. The medical group stand in the middleground, watching this arrival.
    Alice (waving): “Hey, Shane.”
    Shane: “Hi guys. Good to see you.”
    Pete (in background, speaking in a stage whisper): “Is that really the Silver Gnu? Wow.”

    PAGE 2 – Explanation
    (2.1) Wide shot of street where the triage centre is set up. Huey asks about Louie, and Shane gestures towards where the unconscious hellsnake is resting. All other characters are visible in the background, milling about and mildly expectant as to what Shane’s plan is.
    Huey: “Hisss?”
    Shane: “Louie’s over here. They’re in a pretty bad way.”
    Silver Gnu: “What happened?”
    Kat (pointing back down the street): “Exhausted himself unexploding the building back there.”
    Alice: “Say what?!”
    (2.2) Wide shot of street from a different angle. Shane explains. The Silver Gnu in particular glances at the building as Shane makes the explanation.
    Shane: “That’s about the size of it. Dewey and some superheroes went up and entered that building from the roof. Then a few minutes later the entire top of the building was blown off. Louie didn’t like that, so they grabbed the bullhorn and screamed at it until the damage was undone. I’m guessing that the sound waves were how they ‘touched’ it to undo the damage. But however Louie pulled it off, it pretty much left them wasted. We’ve got a full EMT team here, but we’re still worried.”
    Huey (staring at Louie): “Hisss?”
    (2.3) Medium shot, focusing on Shane and Huey.
    Shane: “Yes, I do have a plan. But I need to run it by you to figure out if it’ll even work, and then I’ll need your help to pull it off.”
    Huey (looking at Shane with an ‘of course I’ll help’ expression): “Hisss.”
    (2.4) Medium shot, focusing on Shane. He’s gesturing with his hands as he starts to explain, and not making eye contact with any of the others: What he’s explaining is rather personal. All other characters are paying attention to Shane, with Huey in the foreground and the others in the background.
    Shane: “Okay, so here’s the situation. You remember a few years back after I had that radiation accident, and the chemo therapy wasn’t going too well, and… it looked like I wasn’t going to make it…”
    Shane (continued): “You snakes stepped in to help, by taking turns sleeping in the birdhouse of my soul and acting as life support until I was strong enough to recover on my own. What I want to do is return the favour for Louie.”

    PAGE 3 – One Plan, Extra Helping Of Crazy
    (3.1) Wide shot of street where the triage centre is set up. Discussion between Kat and Shane.
    Kat: “Wait, you plan to have a demon snake lying comatose in your soul? Have you got any idea how insane that sounds?”
    Shane (worried for Louie, and exasperated at the world) as a result: “Yeah, but I don’t care about whether it *sounds* crazy. We’ve done this sort of thing before. We just need to reverse the flow, or whatever. And besides, Louie’s family… *and* just saved who knows how many people in that building. I’ll do any amount of batshit insane to help.”
    Huey (‘Me too’ expression): “Hisss.”
    (3.2) Medium shot. Shane has turned back to Huey.
    Shane: “The problem is that Louie’s unconscious. What I want to know is… Are you able to drag them in and hook them up? Or do we need to call in Dewey to help as well?”
    (3.3) Medium shot, focusing on Huey. Silent panel as Huey looks thoughtful.
    (3.4) Repeat of previous panel. All characters in same positions as Huey nods decisively.
    Huey: “Hisss.”

    PAGE 4 – Metaphysical Medical Treatment
    (4.1) Medium shot of street where the triage centre is set up. Shane is setting himself down on the ground beside Huey and the unconscious Louie.
    Shane: “Then let’s do this.”
    (4.2) Wide shot, focusing on the Silver Gnu, Alice and Pete in the foreground. In the background Shane has lifted Louie up, and he and Huey are preparing the metaphysically phase the unconscious hellsnake into Shane. Kat and Joel are getting some EMT equipment to monitor Shane.
    Silver Gnu: “Listen, despite all the high emotion, I think your friends have got everything under control. I’m going to check out the situation back at that building where the shamblers were coming from. Call me if you need any more help.”
    Alice: “Will do. And thanks, sister.”
    Silver Gnu: “And thank you. You were a bit help, and Huey’s mind-control ending cheesecake was a bit deal too. Give him my thanks when he’s finished saving his friend.”
    (4.2) Medium shot. Huey is now phasing Louie into Shane’s metaphysical being. The visual end-effect is that the two snake tails can be seen vanishing down into Shane’s chest, while Shane still has his hands upraised and is wincing (as he always does when the snakes enter or leave him).
    (4.3) Medium shot, focusing on Shane. Louie’s exhaustion hits him immediately, causing him to exhale in shock. One of his eyes is larger than the other, and his pupils are visibly unevenly dilated. The others look on in concern.
    Shane: “Whorgh!”
    Joel: “Are you okay?”
    (4.4) Wide shot. Shane is sitting up and taking his own pulse, while Huey emerges from his chest. Kat and Joel are checking the monitoring equipment. Pete watches with continuing bemusement, while Alice watches calmly but carefully.
    Shane: “Louie’s even more wasted than I thought. But… lessee. My pulse is steady, and I’m not seeing spots… Ask me again in five minutes and if I’m still conscious, then I should be good.”
    Kat (sternly): “Nope nope nope. We’re putting you on a drip and heart monitor straight away. I don’t care how blase you are about all the weird shit in your life, if we’re expected to be enablers for this crazy stunt then we’re gonna use all the safety precautions we can get our hands on.”
    Huey (nodding sternly): “Hisss!”

    =====

    This episode is the story’s climax, tying together little bits of detail and silliness that have been scattered around since episode 1. Next episode is just the epilog with the sappy, happy ending.
    The series has been billed as an occult sitcom, with weird things happening, characters making quips, and Shane getting exasperated at the snakes. But at the back of it all it’s also been a romcom: Shane’s line about having three demon boyfriends wasn’t just a throwaway line. So the point of this final storyline was to show how the main characters would react to the others being in danger. That’s why I wasn’t too worried that the Headmaster’s plans were so sketchy and cliched: It was only ever a means on putting the main characters under emotional stress.

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  • I am here to camp tonight!!!
    But… I’m awfully sleepy.
    But… I don’t work tomorrow.
    So I can stay up as late as I want… I just hope I can make it. Haha.

    Hows everyone doing today?!

    • davefragments

      Slightly damp … It rained three separate times today
      ☔️

      • It did here too! But perhaps to close to count as separate occasions. It rained really bad. Then stopped. Then started again. Then rained again.
        All while I was at work! Haha

        • davefragments

          “It” knows that I called the landscaper to mow the law. “It” is doing it just to bug me. “It” hates me.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            I’m scared. That made total sense to me. *shiver* “It……..”

          • FrankTargon

            Nothing to be afraid of. “It” just wants me to look at my lawn and see a shaggy mess.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Doing well. Lovely sunny Saturday here in Sydney.
      I’m currently making myself presentable for a wedding I’m attending this afternoon. It’s possible that I’ll also have to leave before the age goes up.

      • davefragments

        give our best regards to the happy couple

      • Ahhh! I love weddings.
        They make me cry. Haha

        Yes! We wish the happy couple all the best!!

        • I didn’t know weddings could make me cry – until a close friend got married 3 years ago. Had to fight not to bawl the whole ceremony, worst when she walked up the isle. I managed to keep it in, because it would have been sobbing, not just ‘cute tears’.

  • davefragments

    Hello Campers

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Hi, Dave.

      • davefragments

        Hi there

    • Kate G

      Hi Dave!

      • davefragments

        hi Kate

        • Kate G

          How are you?

          • davefragments

            OK. I just had a busy day of silly busywork. Meh!
            {As if “Meh” could have an exclamation point}

          • Kate G

            I think it totally could if you are shouting down the halls saying it loudly. XD

            I got back on Wednesday from (what was it? I have to think this out. Thursday to Wednesday is…) six days in Michigan (the LP to be exact.) Wait, no, we left Thursday morning, got there Thursday evening. Spent Friday to Tuesday being driven around by my aunt doing what felt like 5,600 activities. Woke up very, very early Wednesday to go back home. How many days is that? O.O (See how fried my brain is?)

            And today I had horse lessons and a show. See? Fried brain.

          • davefragments

            I hope you enjoyed the visit, even with too many activities. That’s OK too.

          • Kate G

            Oh, it wasn’t too many activities. It’s just when you try to recount them, you stop and think, “Um, what did I all do?” Pause. Think. Radio silence. Crickets start chirping.

            Uhhhhhhhhhhh…I know it’s all in there somewhere. Please wait as we search the archive. *cackles*

          • davefragments

            🙂

          • Chris Dangerfield

            You punctuate to your heart’s desire Dave. You’ve earned it. 🙂

    • Hello! It’s very hot here

      • Kate G

        Hi! It just cooled off where I am. It was still pretty hot for a horse show. Vince gave me a run for my boots.

        • Hiya! Been there with hot shows. Not fun at all, especially having to wear a wool coat and a helmet

          • Kate G

            I’m really thankful this is just at my NFP, so I could have gone in my psychedelic leggings, Maleficent racerback top from Hot Topic and tennis shoes and no one would have batted an eye (although, I’m sure those who knew me would have asked, “Why on Earth are you wearing that, Katie, to a show? That’s most unusual for you.”)

            I kept my coats at home (even my less formal, poly-something Ariat) and took my vented Troxel over the velveteen one. I draw some lines here. Sure, if I were going to any other show, I’d whine and complain about having to wear a coat and fancy helmet (and refuse to put them on until the last minute), but I wasn’t doing it in 85 degrees in the barn. NOPE. Limits.

          • At least there was that. When I showed saddle seat, there wasn’t a helmet but a wool derby and a dupioni silk coat and tie with lovely polyester pants. And we never exactly knew when we would get in the ring. Country pleasure driving was a little better, not much but better. It was still hot and there wasn’t much that one could do. There was still a hat. There was always a hat. You had to wear a hat. But I wore a pretty shirt with a brocade vest and a pair of slacks.

          • Kate G

            Yea, I do basic English equitation in the disability ring so helmets are required (no hats!) and we have numbers because we like schedules! For Special Olympics, it’s Equitation full habit – nude/sand or white breeches, show shirt (white!), show coat (navy or black; wool preferred), black boots (or paddock boots with chaps but it’s frowned upon), gloves and helmet. No jewelry of any kind (hair jewelry must be unobtrusive) except medical bracelets and they have to be hidden. Hair should be pulled up. Belt preferred but not required. Ties for men.

            Thankfully, Special Olympics is in October so I normally freeze my ass off because it’s usually in the 20s or 30s where I live and the dumb barn thinks we all like to be in Frozen.

            I’d like to get into show jumping, but I still need to pack on a little more muscle to start. It’s like, “Excuse me, how much more did you want me add? I don’t fit into any of my breeches except one pair now!” XD

          • It’s amazing the muscle that riding horses can give your legs. show clothing is just the worst no matter how awesome and cool it looks.

          • Kate G

            Well, I don’t just do riding. I also do at-home krav maga and yoga because my coach keeps saying, “So, when do you want to start jumping? Next decade?”

            SHUT UP LARRY! I’m doing my best!

          • You’re doing better than me. 🙂

          • Kate G

            Well, I’ve been slacking. I just got home from vacation. The good thing is though when I was in Michigan I was basically walking 3 miles a day. >.<

          • Kate G

            (I actually find breeches very comfy. Show coats can go to hell as well as those stuffy please-choke-me show shirts)

          • Oh the choke collars are terrible. Trying to stick a pin in it. Blarg. With saddleseat I wore a tie which was easy. But yeah, coats are the devil when it’s hot

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Did you have that hot little leather butt thing that’s stitched into those plaid pants?

          • davefragments

            {one giant eye roll}

          • Chris Dangerfield

            HA!

          • Well one, I didn’t have plaid pants. And the the full seat britches, I had a pair when I did dressage. That was kind of awful at times.

          • Kate G

            Oh, you mean the full seat? I have them on the one pair of breeches that still fit. They are a blessing in disguise for me as I have a very large horse and they provide some protection.

            Downside: they make you uncomfortably hot.

            These are mine. I have them in tan.

            http://www.doversaddlery.com/tredstep-solo-full-seat/p/X1-350002/

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Oh how they live in high society…. sacrifices must be made! 🙂

          • Hush you!! That was thing when I was riding/owning horses. 😛

          • Chris Dangerfield

            I know the upper crust has to look down to see us regular folk. Okay I know you are an exception. A regular muffin and cookie philanthropist you are and I love you for it.

            (*chris stuffs muffin in his mouth and look innocent*)

          • I looked awesome I will tell you!!

          • Chris Dangerfield

            I never doubted it.

          • The outfits, though the devil when it was hot out, were badass. I miss my saddle seat day coat.

          • Kate G

            Equestrian outfits do look awesome…even if you do look like you stepped out of a 19th century catalog sometimes.

          • But that was the coolest part!! I always loved the look of those coats. And it was the best part of doing saddle seat! 🙂

          • Kate G

            I had to look up what a saddle seat day coat looked like. Mine isn’t nearly as long. I have a modern dressage coat. No fancy tails like dressage although many ladies are choosing to go with the more modern look and not the more aristocratic stuck-in-the-Victorian-times look (although I like the long tails. I would skip around with those.) I have a Pytchley navy blue English Riding Coat, an Ariat show coat (black), and some other black wool coat from an English company that always evades me. I always remember the Pytchley as it’s my favorite when riding Vince. I can’t blend in amongst all of his blackness.

          • Kate G

            Pft. Upper crust. Who you calling upper crust, @chrisdangerfield:disqus ? Have you seen my wallet?

            It’s barren. NO MONEY!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Oh you noticed! I recommend sitting naked in front of a fan with a spritzer bottle of water………. what not classy enough? Heeeeeee. 😀

        • Cold freaking shower and almost naked the rest of the day. 😛 It got to be over 110 today. It was mean and terrible. I tried to stay under the fan, but dog doesn’t always want to comply.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Auggggghhhhh. My 95° is wimp worthy compared to that. You are tough Admiral. *applause*

          • You didn’t hear me whining earlier. 😛

          • Chris Dangerfield

            No… just grumbling… but I’m used to it. 🙂

          • 😛

          • Hpw are you not melting? Then again, sounds like you are.

          • Just a bit. The cold shower helped. But it only goes so far.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            That sounds *terrible*

          • It was. When it gets that hot, it just burns. I mean of course it burns but you can just feel it the moment you have to step outside. Staying in the shade helps, but not much. And trying to cool off afterwards is really hard.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Uuuuuuughhhhhhhh…

          • That’s about the sound I make. XD

          • Kate G

            110? O.O Are you in the Southwestern United States, lady? I do not regret those days. I really, really don’t. >.<

          • So. Cal. The upper desert. I’ve been dreaming about San Diego lately. Or someplace maybe more temperate.

          • Kate G

            I live in Illinois. You are welcome to come join me. It’s a temperate 75 today.

      • Adam Black

        I got A/ C on.

        • It’s on here too, but it’s still hot. We have shit for insulation. Plus puppy likes being outside. Trying to get her in is a test of patience when it’s well over 100.

    • Pietro7

      Hi Dave! I brought a bowl of diced strawberries and slices of angel food cake and whipped cream (the real thing, but whipped by an electric mixer – these old hands can’t do it with a whisk any more). Was going to splash a little Triple Sec on them but the bottle is empty – horrors! Page anticipation is nicer with a big bowl of strawberries and whipped cream on angel food cake.

      • davefragments

        oooh, angel food cake and whipped cream – – thanks

      • Mmmmh. Now you make me extra sad that I didn’t get to buy strawberries and cream yesterday (friday). I was going to eat them like it’s popular here. Strawberries with cream (added some milk) and a drizzle of sugar.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Mmm, that sounds delicious!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Bravo you! But, honestly, what isn’t? 😀

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Yummy!!

    • Hey dave!

      • FrankTargon

        Hi Doki

        • Hi Frank ^_^

          • FrankTargon

            Have you met my partner “Beans”

            ;-)

          • Never really been too big a fan of beans.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Hey Dave and Dori! (What I want to play too!) 😀

        • Dori?

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Wait? What? (*oooops*)

          • ^_^

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Your son Chico?

          • Doki doesn’t have a son…does she? O.O

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Sorry – Finding Nemo reference!

    • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

      Pitch, pitch, pitching a tent . . .

      • FrankTargon

        That sounds good

      • davefragments

        welcome to camp

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Dave!

      • FrankTargon

        Hi Stick

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Hi Frank!

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Good night John-boy!
            What? It just came to me!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Any thoughts on whether the next page will be an elevator scene with a discussion between Red Hot and Commander, or whether it will cut straight to the meeting room, presumably with young Duncan.

    • I’m going to guess they’ll be in the meeting room.

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Hi speed elevator going DOWWWWWWWWN (euphemism totally intended), except that I want that thought to hold for Spook’s return and this to be a clearing of the air that’s let Kyle go free of the self-blame that’s haunted him for much of this novel… I suspect I’m not the only who has moments in their younger days that still make them wince, in that “wtf was I thinking” way. Awww youth.

    Still I wan’t him free to enjoy Spooky in whatever way that offers itself, not tormented by his past mistakes.

    May Dunkid (I like that moniker that someone made up) find his own peace. He’s so appealing that it’s hard to not wish him healing and redemption….. As LONG as Kyle get’s his emotional freedom.

    How’s that for wishing that the new page provides ME ME ME with all my wishes. HA!!!! We all now that seldom works out. However, that said, Alex never disappoints, even when he challenges.

    I’m excited about going down… (again euphemism intended).

    Camp-on Friends,
    Chris

    • Okay, sorry, but any time I see/hear elevator going up/down, I always think of Pluck from Tiny Toons going “Elelator goes up! Elelator goes down!”

    • FrankTargon

      Elevators remind me of either the last scene of ANGEL HEART or Miles Davis scoring a movie (Ascender pour l’échafaud) live

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Okay I’m feeling like a slacker. Elevators remind me of Muzak versions of “The Girl from Ipanema.”

        • FrankTargon

          Now that is frightening

          • Chris Dangerfield

            IKR?

        • davefragments

          There’s never a good muzak of anything

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Fact!

  • Oh gawd. Woke up to one of those cloudy but horrible humid mornings where it feels like the air is wet. At least it seems like it may not stay this way later in the morning.. I hope.

    Besides that I’m excited for this morning being camp day and a new page is coming. Can’t wait to see this next scene.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      It’s 95° F outside here. Beastly. And that’s with air conditioning inside. Oh well. It’s July. 🙂

      • That is now my biggest consolation. That it’s no where near 95 here. I would have parked in front of a fan. Is it a humid or a dry heat you have? I really feel for you who live in states where it can easily go over 90 outside.
        We Danes are not used to anything much higher than 90 at the top -and that or over is rare.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Mostly dry. Thank you Goddess of the weather. I’m a white boy who hates to be hot and pouring sweat and my man (Latin and perfectly at home in the heat) thinks I was raised on a cold planet and left here by neglectful alien parents. 😀

    • Kate G

      It was 90 at the height of the day here. U.U I had a horse lesson in it. Vince was very moody today at my lesson from the heat. >.<

  • Adam Black

    Hi guys

    • FrankTargon

      hi Adam

    • Hey!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Uh oh… and now the trouble begins. Call out the guard! Heeeeeee. Hi AB… good to see you!

      • Adam Black

        Thanks. I’ve.. missed you.
        ( you should give me your number or answer or answer your Gmail )

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Sorry. I’ll look and check. June was a life-brutal month and I fell off the earth and off-line. But I’m not dead yet (thank you Monty Python). So, I’ll re-connect. I miss so many friends. 🙂

          • Adam Black

            I’ve missed you the whole time. Ironically I’ve never been better potentially connected. New front facing Nexus, regular phone number.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Awesome. Thank you for the kind words. I’m super happy that things are looking up. That makes me happy!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Poor Chris! I hope July is easier for you.

          • Adam Black

            What’s lifebrutal ? Bad work deadlines?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Hi there.

    • Adam Black

      I just got some Good News… But it’s attached by a massive anchor by bad news and urgent problems I’m not sure how to solve.

      And I’m feeling physically drained and sore… Which makes things 100 times worse. I can’t rely on my body to help, and there is a massive amount of physical work.
      And / or logistical problems

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Oh dear! Is there anyone you can call on to help with the physical work required?

        • Adam Black

          Either No, or I don’t know.
          90℅ of my possessions will be destroyed this weekend if I Don t move them.

          ( The good news was I thought they already were! ) .

          I’ve become disconnected from most people because of physical disabilities.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh no!! Is there any chance you live near one of us who might be able to help?

          • Adam Black

            Boston, MA.

            I have some money to pay for help.
            If anyone has a truck or wants to donate time.

            I don’t know.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Unfortunately, I’m too far to be able to make it this weekend, but I wish you the best of luck!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            It could be a very bad idea, but have you tried looking on Craigslist? They have a labor/moving category.

          • Adam Black

            Ikr. Movers who don’t already have work lined up…

          • Very sorry to hear that, but glad you get the chance to get your things.

          • Adam Black

            But I don’t yet know I have the chance.
            Things could fall apart easily because my body is unreliable.

            And my friend is being needlessly difficult on the schedule and may be more so.

      • *hugs*

        • Adam Black

          Thx

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Feck… I feel that. When the energy goes the problem solving just becomes brutal. Wishing you all the wellness you can get. Take care.

        • Adam Black

          Thanks. I’m used to having chronic full body aches or feeling like a zombie. But this feels one of those temporary things ( like from heat or bad sleep ) .

          But I have to save myself this weekend. An apartment worth of stuff ( that I can’t afford to rebuy ) plus sentimental things, and music and book library etc will be lost.

          Plus I’m bummed that I think I’ll never see my friend again after this weekend. He’s moving away.

          ( He’s been making it extra difficult all year to get my stuff)

          • Chris Dangerfield

            AWWWW CRAP. (yeah I know I’m so eloquent, but still the sentiment is sincere) Hang in there.

          • Adam Black

            Thanks. My” friend” is basically forcing me me to move at the same time . Even though that will inconvenience him and cause vhim to be permanently angry.

            ( Even though I have the key, and he previously said get it anytime )

            I offered to give his own movr an extra job ( everything is boxed ready to go ) and he started to get upset , because he had to “mention me ” to someone else.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            He sounds like a huge asshole, to be honest.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Sphinter-ammmus… Seriously GIGANTIC RETENTION!

          • I wish I could help, but all I can do is offer internet hugs and cuddles. 🙁

          • Adam Black

            Thanks

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Adam!

      • Stick! *hugs*

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Doki! *hugs back* How are you doing, love?

          • Granny is not doing so well, and I have had some of my own lung/breathing problems lately. So not as good as i could be. You?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’m so sorry to hear that! If I could shrink down into a cell-sized spaceship a la Fantastic Voyage and go fight your breathing problems for you, I would.

            Things are pretty good for me at the moment. Work is busy since I’m taking over responsibilities from a coworker who is leaving to go to grad school, so I’m glad it’s the weekend!

          • Think you could fix my brain chemicals while your there?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Absolutely!

          • Adam Black

            I’m sorry to hear that too. Hang in there.

      • Adam Black

        Hi

    • Kate G

      It’s Adam! Here comes trouble!

      • Adam Black

        Your sweet. Trouble found me an hour ago.

        • Kate G

          Uh oh. What happened?

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Well AB said, “Hi Trouble.”
            Trouble looked around and said, “Uhhhh, hi Adam.”
            And then they walked away….

            It’s cool. AB knows how to handle trouble.

            (Are we buying this? I hope?)

          • Adam Black

            Nah I don’t anymore.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Okay. Well hang in there anyway. It’s good to have you here!!!

          • Adam Black

            I found out all my possessions must be moved this weekend or they get destroyed. I’m somewhat physically disabled so this would be hard with more leeway.

          • Kate G

            Oie vey. That really sucks. Having disabilities myself, I totally know the feeling of looking into the abyss and saying, “What the hell do I do now?”

            Can you manage to get the more sentimental things and part with everything else? If nothing else, I would get the things I absolutely could NOT part with. Photos, precious mementos, heirlooms. You can build up a music collection again, but photos can’t be replaced.

          • Adam Black

            Maybe.

          • Adam Black

            I would throw out 50% if I could do it easily. Butvits all boved up. And I couldn’t afford to rebuy mostvo it. And will re need it in 6 months when I finally get a place

          • Kate G

            I understand. We lived military for 11 years so we were (and still are) used to “if it ain’t useful, toss it” mentality. We lived in milk crates and boxes pretty much. I don’t know how close you are to your parents or other friends, but I would say definitely buy back those mementos and photos if you can while you live wherever. You can’t replace them. You can replace your clothes, your music, but photos? Nope. Having lived through multiple floods, I know the regret of losing my heirlooms and photos! Gosh, the many photos I lost.

            And my favorite books! -screams-

          • Adam Black

            Well I managed to get everything there.
            With room to spare.

            It cost me $300 ( which pushes my future eviction up closer by 3 months ) and I’m supper crippled and sore ( prob for weeks ) from doing almost no work.

          • Kate G

            Oh I can imagine how sore you are. Lupus gives you a whole new meaning to pain. XD

            I’m glad you were able to get what you needed though!

          • Adam Black

            Thanks. Time will tell if it was worth it

  • Btw.. Patreon people. If you haven’t seen it yet, Alex posted a really nice full nude pic of Tsu in Flashback Friday.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      *screeeeeeeech* (as Chris hits the mouse for Patreon!*)

  • Page will be up soonish… 🙂

    • Chris Dangerfield

      And Friday is all gooooooood…. 🙂

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Hmm, I was originally thinking that Kyle was about to testify before Congress, but now this page makes me think he’s going to go meet with mini-Anni.

  • Adam Black

    Patient?!!

    Have you been sick?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Yeah June was just a body slam on the physical level like I’ve never know. I don’t “bounce” back. But after 5 weeks I am standing up slowly and today was a good day. So I have NO right to complain.

      Hold’s up glass of fruit juice… “HERE’S TO BETTER DAYS!”

      • stickfigurefairytales

        TO BETTER DAYS!!

      • Oh no 🙁

        So good that you’re getting better now. Hope your body won’t get slammed like that again ever. Hugs.

  • We have officially passed the 100+ comments this camp.

    • davefragments

      yes we have

      • Chris Dangerfield

        You guys are so chatty!

        • I’ve been clicking that ‘New comment above/below’ so much the last hour. Several times 5-12 new to find.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Oh please… any minute you’ll trip over the mouse cord in your sleepy state and accidentally get the virgin. HA!

            We know you!

          • (You have 12)

          • Chris Dangerfield

            I slipped too…. (heeeeeeeee).

    • Lots of people around today.

      • I hardly count… Can’t keep my eyes open. I am bound and determined to stay up for the page…
        But man it’s difficult! 😛

        • stickfigurefairytales

          You can do it!!

        • davefragments

          There is an elevator

        • VERY soon now.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      *throws confetti*

      • Chris Dangerfield

        That’s our Stick… Party girl until the end! Whooooo Hoooo! 🙂

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Provided the parties are either in internet form or a small get-together with people I’m already friends with, then yes. Yes, I am.

    • ComicBookGoddess

      Whee! Now in my sleeping bag…

  • davefragments

    Patreon Rumbles

    • davefragments

      There is a long, long, long, long corridor

  • davefragments

    Wikus Van De Merwe had prolonged sexual activity with aliens?
    WHAT did I just hear?

    • Uhh, whut?

      • davefragments

        bizarre movie lines from the other room

    • davefragments

      I missed that scene.
      I haven’t seen int recently

      • It should be the season 2 Halloween episode. ^_^

  • davefragments
  • ComicBookGoddess

    Patreon rumbling…