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Oh!

So, Cory doesn’t want any of Mitch’s money, but Mitch has an interesting counter-offer. Will Cory choose to live with the Prince of the Whole Frickin’ World?

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

  • Pride

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Do it!!!!

  • But I think friendship is greater than pride.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Wonder Twin powers ACTIVATE!!!!!! (*sparkles*)

      • Ha! Just don’t take the form of a fritter.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          SIZE OF A MUFFIN… oh, wait, I’m dating myself. I think that was Hanna Barbera’s “Arabian Knights.” HA!

  • davefragments

    This is working out to the better.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Kinda gives one hope, doesn’t it.

      “I’m a victim of hope.” (okay Desmond Tutu said that, but I like it a lot. Ha.)

      • davefragments

        Desmond Tutu was a good man to listen to. He gave good advice.

  • Of course I find it interesting that Cory doesn’t want the money but when Mitch tells him he wouldn’t give him money Cory takes it personally. A bit of a conundrum there.

    • Cydney Sabin

      It’s a pride thing. He doesn’t want to accept charity, but when he was told he wouldn’t get any money, he felt he wasn’t even good enough for charity. Or something like that.

      • A vicious cycle.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Oh exactly that. Just like life.

          • One of these days it would be nice if this ride would stop with the spinning.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            yes please………..

      • Chris Dangerfield

        ‘Zactly! Simple right?

        It’s like admitting you were wrong and then someone saying, “Yes. You were.”

        And, you’re all like outraged!! How dare you agree with my self-castigation? LOL.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Totally understandable. Fifteen year old boys are geniuses and fully in control of their emotions and motivations!!!

      (*chris glances around to see if anyone is buying this*)

      • Waiting for the punchline. 😛

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Ummmm… okay.

          A “flyer” a “telekinetic” and and an Admiral walk into a bar. The Admiral says, “Hey! You’re both are underage…” Then fugue happens and the bar is destroyed!

          *rimshot*

          (Can I tell a joke or can I tell a joke? Huh?)

          • Are you having taco hallucinations?

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Well, they were VERY gooooood tacos. 😀

          • They sound like it.

          • Michael

            It’s nacho business to be asking those types of personal questions. Unless Chris is willing to taco bout it, that is.

            Sorry for the bluntness, I didn’t mean to be jalapeno face about it, but there are some personal boundaries that should be considered sangriasanct. I also didn’t mean tequila conversation, I hope you’re not asadero.

          • Ha!

  • davefragments

    Cory is in a rather deep dark hole.
    He’s been thrown out of his house for just being himself (take your pick – powers or kissing) and thrown away, cast out, (whatever you call it) for nothing more than being himself. Then the only person to offer friendship and some structure – Diego – is a criminal and almost dies thanks to his rather inept (justifiably so) powers. But he knows Diego was using him. There’s a little bit of Stockholm syndrome going on here, too.
    So he’s going to take a little time to figure it all out and get his head back to right.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      So exactly true… it may take a LONG time for the full heal, but, for sure, a “bit of time” to get Cory’s head moving in the right direction.

      I agree that as of RIGHT NOW, Cory is probably all over the place. Somewhere between sure he’s going to jail and wishing someone would take him home and make him cocoa… 😀

      I vote cocoa and hugs… but I WOULD! HA!

  • Make Cory one of the heroes! ♥

    • Michael

      Remembering this is a pre-chapter-1 flashback, so it’s unlikely in the immediate future.

  • TwilightDreamer

    man, tension to say the least! But still, very sweet.

  • Jeldenil

    That angry face in the last panel… I hope we’ll see a happier expression soon.

  • Tyler Griffin

    D’aawwwwwwwwwwwwwwe

  • Tyler Griffin

    And that’s how Mitch ended up with a Secret Boyfriend that nobody else knows about. lol.

    • Connor

      I sure hope so. But I doubt it.

      • Tyler Griffin

        Why not, he can keep him in the closet. *ba-dump-dum tshhhhhhhhh*

  • Connor

    Panel four is a particularly great bit of art. The nuance of his facial expression blows me away.

    Also, random thought: I wish my complexion was that good when I was their age. Heck, I wish it was that good now.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Oh so true that!!

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Oh, lovely page guys. Really. Just perfect.

    After the last two pages where these two were so very adult… you give us real-life and two fifteen year old hormonal doofuses starting to act like young derps again. I love it. So real.

    WHAT? Cory, you tell us you were starving, and now you get all “male” and proud? ‘Doh! (and yet it’s so understandable and adorbs)

    That’s right Mitch… NOW get with the tough love. Heeeeee…

    Guyssssss… (*rolls eyes*)

    Alex, I do love the way you share the whiplash vacillations of teenage boys. Between heroic adult to goofy dumb kid. All in a heartbeat.

    This page really made me smile because it reminded me of my young genius (he jests) moments and made me think that something good may come out of this after all. And, we all know I’m a sucker for happy endings. Thank you all.

    • Michael

      Agreed, every word. This whole page is just awesome.

    • Indeed, sir!

    • You’re welcome, Chris! Glad you’re enjoying how these two are portrayed. 🙂

  • Precious

    Please say yes

  • Madock345

    DO IT

    Do it, and then begin posting a sit com spin-off comic about their lives as awkward roommates, with lots of sexual tension and humorous attempts to hide their powers from the neighbors.

    • Michael

      YES. I would read the fuck out of that.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Me too. One qualifier, I wouldn’t buy the whole “sexual tension” thing. The ‘going for it like rabbits’ thing I’d believe. However, that small quibble aside, the hiding crazy powers from neighbors has 1970s sitcom all over it. Do that! 😀

        EDIT: I think you can find BEWITCHED on Nick at Night… the template is all there and ready for an update. OMG, Alex is going to get so rich. He’ll be the Aaron Spelling of 2016… LOL.

    • Nirgal

      I hate to use the world “head canon”, but this SO deserves it…

  • Klaus

    Starfighter has updated.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      God bless you for that.

  • “Amanda (mom)? Spooky (dad)? My friend is going to be with us for awhile, he needs a place to stay and I would really prefer if he didn’t have to resort to underage prostitution to survive. Oh, he also needs help with his powers.

    Also please don’t freak out if you see me kissing him.”

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Personally, I’m not ready to accept my Spooky as a “Daddy” figure. Please don’t scar me. I’m young and impressionable. 😀

      • Spooky will make a great dad. You cannot really deny that Spooky is the “dad” despite Tsu-Tsu being second-in-command.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Sorry Doki, I liked my dad just fine, but I just can’t associate my Spooky (my sorcerous, adorbs, love puppy) with “dads” in general just now. I’ll have to leave that to you. For me, I can work with “wise older bro,” but that’s about as far as I can go…

          I don’t feel the need to nuclear familiize them. I agree that someday, if he wants to, he’d be a great dad. IDK? Kids aren’t for everyone, we’ll see. That said, please ignore me and head canon them in any way that works for you!

          I don’t think Cory needs father figures for a while anyway. That’s not been the best association for him lately. However a good dose of “welcome,” “TLC,” “safety,” “acceptance of the gay” and a feeling of “home” might do him the most good just now.

          As I said, I’m a sucker for HEAs… and cuddles… 😀

          • I mainly put mom and dad in () to help get the tone right for what I was trying to convey. When typing it had that hesitating-questioning tone most often used when addressing parental units when asking for something big.

            …..maybe I should have also had him ramble a bit more?

          • Chris Dangerfield

            N’awwwwww you know I’m teasing you. It’s everything good. 😀

          • 😛

  • Michael

    AHEM.

    Still waiting for cuddles.

    *taps foot impatiently*

    • Nate

      I strongly suspect that is coming. If I was wrting this, Cory would say no at first (because it sounds like charity) until Mitch tells him why he made the offer:

      “I love you”.

      Then kisses, hugs, blushes, etc.

      (As for abandoning Diego… I suspect he’s going to need medical attention for some time. So Cory would either have to go it alone, or be forced to go back home. Neither is a really good outcome for him).

      Now, if Cory should join the YP as well (as opposed to just living with Mitch’s family), what should his codename be? I somehow doubt “Cuddles” will be acceptable. 😉

      • Michael

        “Shockwave”, duh.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Shocknado……. not to be confused with “Sharknado.” LOL

          • Michael

            Well, he IS currently best known for the downtown bricknado that destroyed a large chunk of the warehouse district

            “Hey, what’s your superhero name?”
            “Just, um… just call me “brick” and leave it at that, ‘kay?”
            “‘Brick’? Why are y–”
            “I don’t wanna talk about it.”

      • Klaus

        “Sir Smashalot” is already taken by a character from Pack of Heroes, Otherwise that would be a great name. “Tornado” would go well with “Tsunami”.

        • Nate

          Except he’s not going with Tsunami… he’s going with Flyboy. 😉

          • Klaus

            You never know …

          • Chris Dangerfield

            ouch.

      • I like Cyclone, myself.

        And using a name from a different system/hero is not as problematic as one would think. A word cannot be copyrighted – a word as applied to a certain thing can be. Copyright of a hero name would have to balance 1) the “powers” (I prefer “talent” myself) of the hero, 2) the representation of the hero (costume, appearance, real name, etc.), and 3) whether the two heroes could be confused and/or interfere with merchandising.

        • Klaus

          Cyclones are a pair of twins in Pack of heroes. Not at all confusable with Cory.

        • Nate

          You are actually thinking “trademark”. You cannot copyright a name or description.

          • You are correct that “super hero” is trademarked. However, many companies file copyrights on a word that they use for a product or a brand. “Kleenex” was copyrighted until that was struck down and it was refiled as a trademark.

          • Nate

            Um, no. You cannot copyright a word. Here’s an older, but still relevant FAQ on the subject: http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html

          • You can *file* a copyright on virtually anything, just as you can *file* a patent on anything (and people have). Whether it is accepted, or upheld in court, is a different matter.

          • Nate

            Also incorrect: In the US (and, I believe, most other countries that signed the Bern convention) copyright protection exists *at the moment of creation*. You don’t have to file a blessed thing to get full copyright protection under the law.

            There is such a thing as a “registered copyright” (those are the things that are marked with ® instead of ©), but that is not a legal requirement for copyright. It’s just an added protection.

          • Adam Black

            thats changed

          • Nate

            I’m pretty sure it hasn’t. When they expire has, on multiple occasions, but what I said above still stands: http://copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html#register

          • Chris Dangerfield

            The Disney lawyers don’t exist in this AU. it’s not totally evil, like ours… so maybe you can? LOL

        • Adam Black

          Psyclone

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Corynado?

      • Nate

        I’m thinking of something along the lines of Psyboy (or maybe Psykid?).

        Because Flyboy & Psyboy sound like a perfect team. 😀

  • Klaus

    Why is he not in the Young Protectors? I mean at the time of the main storyline. He needs help with those powers. If he applies for one of the official teams right after this mass destruction, someone is bound to connect the dots.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I think you make a very good point, sir. I second the motion.

      All in favor of admitting Cory to The Young Protectors training program say……… 😀

    • Columbine

      They’re primarily search and rescue right? They might be willing to train him but not think his power set is useful to their usual missions. He might

      also need parental permission-

      • Klaus

        I think he could be useful in many ways. If his powers can be better controlled, of course. Holding back a rockslide, getting a building about to collapse to fall in the safest direction, breaking a buildup of whatever that is blocking a stream. The possibilities are endless. Come to think of it, how useful are Kyle’s powers for finding a lost child in a forrest?

        • Cman65

          or just holding a silver-daddy in mid-air would be very usefull

        • His powers go mostly under the rescue part in Search and Rescue 🙂

        • Columbine

          Good point, all about context I suppose. But (as far as we know) Kyle can control his powers pretty well and Cory admits he’s having trouble. The potential help he could be has to be weighed against the potential to make things worse.

          • And you also should weigh in the fact that Cory needs the kind of mentoring and education that the YP can provide. Cory’s powers (gods, I hate that term) are not that different than Kyle’s and Gordon’s, except in effect. All are ‘kinetic abilities and just as easy to get out of control. And all three have similar training regimens.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Good reference about Kyle. We know his powers manifested violently and caused grief with his foster family. And, you are right, even in the first part of the story, he shows impressive control as he sucks up that building fire.

            So clearly, learning (like always) is more than half the challenge.

          • Columbine

            I really like that new hat btw.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Thanks. Actually, I think I’m hiding from the holidays. LOL.

          • Columbine

            😛 I seem to be writing people slash for Christmas. This is the best present yez?

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Yes indeed!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Search & Rescue…….. and sudden tornadoes.

  • kamishiro

    I feel that Cory would politely decline, not because he doesn’t appreciate it but i can’t see Cory leaving his brother alone. Diego has a drug addiction and his moral support is Cory. I believe after Diego get his shit together, Cory would definitely enter to YP 😀

  • Kate G

    *big puppy eyes* “Amanda [Mommy]? Spooky [Daddy]? Would it be okay if my friend from when I was a child moved in?” *blinks and eyes get impossibly bigger* *lips quiver* “His parents were really, really mean to him after they found out he and I had superpowers. They forced him to stop being friends with me [sniffs], beat him, [sniff sniff] and tried to force him to use his powers for their own gain! He had to get away! So, he found his brother and well, he wasn’t much better and they ended up homeless. AND WELL, they got into a bitofasituationwiththemafiabutit’sokaybecauseIhelpedthembuthereallyneedsahome. So can he pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease stay? Please? Pretty please?” *tears in eyes* “Oh, by the way, he has a brother with a drug addiction. He needs help.”

    And thus, Cory becomes a guest–not member–of the Young Protectors because, well, Amanda and Spooky have to scope him out. After all, you can’t just TRUST somebody because one of the team vouches for said person. I’m sure a new person has to be looked over physically and psychologically to make sure they’re sound first and then they are given guest quarters.

    • Michael

      I wonder who will be in charge of the physical “looking over”. Mitch, is that your hand waving in the air?

      • Kate G

        He would be too close to have an unbiased opinion if Cory was physically sound to be a hero. To snuggle with? Sure. To give a professional opinion? Uh, no.

        • Michael

          He’d at least try to sit in on the examination to ensure his friend’s, erm, safety.

          • Kate G

            Well, true, for a physical exam. But Amanda may not allow him in for a psychological/mental exam. Mitch may skew the results.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Turning our head to cough can be quite traumatic without a “good” friend to help you through it. 😀

          • Michael

            Not to mention the prostate exam… D:

          • Chris Dangerfield

            ‘Zactly… goes without saying. So let’s say it! 😀

    • I’m leaning more to the parents saw them kiss, but that may not be what Mitch would want to tell them right there and then, so lets go with your reasoning 🙂

      • Kate G

        It would really depend, wouldn’t it? I went with superpowers because often kids don’t question their own sexuality until they’re pre-teens or teens (note the qualifier “often” here. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen.)

        Depending on the universe, powers develop at just about any age or under certain circumstances. So I put powers because it seemed more plausible. The stressors Cory had would have pushed powers out and whatever home life Mitch had might have pushed his too. These two have very strong mental powers for kids so young as does Amanda. A running theme we see between Amanda and Mitch is both have parents who work very long long hours in very high social positions where children often feel neglected or ignored from that parent. They want to know what that parent is thinking, feeling or why they won’t spend time with them. I’ve always wondered if a bit of each of the YP’s superpowers aren’t shaped around their social situation and how that person felt; part of it must be DNA but the other bit is social context and psychological. Amanda wanted to know what her mom was thinking because she was lonely, Mitch was lonely too and so he thought, “If only I could be a fly on Dad’s operation room”… /here goes Katie and her theories

        • Chris Dangerfield

          I think my father (who was actually a very accomplished scientist) worked long and hard in the lab to develop a super-son. Unfortunately my greatest super-power seemed to be ANNOYING THE CRAP OUT OF BOTH MY PARENTS and being super GAY.

          I don’t think it was quite what he expected. Still, I live as a cautionary example to all parental scientists who are tempted to experiment with the destiny or their progeny. 😀

          • Kate G

            I am an Army kid. My dad was first a paratrooper (Aka those people that jump out of airplanes) and then he became a Secret Squirrel (aka professional hacker.) Long, hard hours and he was often gone.

            Being Autistic means my parents got a curious, troublesome, artistic child that was very introverted around new people and in new situations that happens to be take honesty to, well, an extreme level and I really don’t get jokes for the most part. I’m equal parts enjoyable and difficult.

            How honest am I, you ask? I once asked a lady why she was getting a medium sweater when she was clearly an extra-large. I was 10 and my mom had to save me by saying I had autism. Honesty is a good policy and all, but beware the autistic. No filters were added when I was being made in utero. Super powers: ability to calm down the most fearful dog/horse and biting honesty.

    • Klaus

      Who could have an unbiased opinion on Cory?

      • Kate G

        I highly doubt Amanda or Spooky does physical examinations of the team. I’m sure they have a trusted physician (probably with background work in superheroes) that does physical examinations. It would be very weird if your commander or second-in-command did your physical.

        I’m sure Amanda does the mental evaluations which makes sense. After all, she has telepathy. But for her to do a physical? That wouldn’t work. You need someone with a medical background.

        • Klaus

          I would not be so sure. Spooky can look deeply into your body with no need of harmful radiation or other unpleasantness. But I was thinking of the psycological part. Cory is just too cute to reject.

          However, that was tounge in cheek. Actually Amanda is very professional, and would not be swayed by a pretty face.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            I trust you Klaus… if Amanda can avoid looking “deeply into Spooky’s body” than she is by far a much more ethical and upstanding individual than I am………….. (*okay that didn’t set the bar as high as I intended, LOL.)

  • With that last panel I just want to hug them both, and not in *that* way.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    [Back from rpging; Boots up computer and first task is to check Young Protectors. Looks at page.] Well, that’s… a thing.

    [Waves hands to try to the clear the air of all the subtext; Fails spectacularly] Y’know, I wasn’t expecting Flyboy to propose.

    Ahem.
    However (and there’s always a ‘however’) I’ve noticed that this fandom has a tendency to jump to soppy conclusions. I do not exempt myself from this. So I ask the question: “What would a modern Disney Princess do?”

    [Rant mode: on] No, seriously people. Time was when the story structure would assume a Jane Austin era socio-political dynamic, and whoever it was in Cory’s position would immediately jump at the offer the Flyboy has just made in order to get some security. (Or seems to have just made. Based on Alex’s skills at faking us out, I agree with many other commenters and think Flyboy is actually offering Cory help in getting into a training program – preferably with the Young Protectors so that they can be together. I seriously doubt if he’s offering to be Cory’s sugar daddy.)

    But – to get back to my main point – stick this in a modern Disney movie. Change the genders to a more traditional m/f dynamic. Acknowledge that Coraline’s position is really crappy, that without a helping hand it’s likely to end badly, and that Flyboy’s offer may very well be the best Happy Ending she’s likely to ever get. But even as we acknowledge that this is a happy ending, don’t you still have a small sour taste at the back of your mouth as you wonder whether society could be just a bit more just, so that there was another, better happy ending? Wonder, perhaps, whether we could finagle a way for Coraline to retain a bit of her self-determination? Yeah, that. Now flip the genders back to the boy’s love version we have on our screens and take it from there. [Rant mode: off]

    The thing I’ll be interested in seeing is exactly what Flyboy is suggesting. As I’ve said before, observing Flyboy over the course of the stories indicates that he’s got a fascinating personality where he sometimes acts with maturity beyond his years and at other times like a self-absorbed teenaged boy who resents being treated as a kid. I think it’s part of Alex’s skill of creating ambiguous and complex characters to keep his readers returning to find out what happens next. It’s possible that Flyboy has anticipated Cory’s reluctance and has marshalled his plan and arguments with the same level of empathy that he showed to Red Hot. Offering to help him into a training program, and maybe even help Diego into a job and a drug program would be the obvious options. On the other hand maybe Flyboy is still besotted with Cory, and his hormones are leading him into doing something incredibly stupid, like offering to be his sugar daddy. So, yes, I think it’s safe to say that we’ll all be tuning in on Wednesday to find out.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Totally interesting thinking and linking. So you’ve prompted me… some thoughts below:

      • It’s 2015 and this is not the classic m/f romance model. Alex is anything BUT traditional in his plot paths unless he’s truly referencing a genre staple for some purpose. So, I hadn’t at all jumped or linked my thinking to the classic rescue.

      • As gay “men” however young. Neither of these dangerous young men were brought up on the patriarchal bull-sh*t of a woman needing a man to save them. So, again I (personally) didn’t jump there. I don’t think it would have occurred to them. It all happened so fast. There really hasn’t been reflecting time yet… and fifteen year olds don’t always do a great deal of deep thinking… or at least not on the issues they should.

      • I’ve helped all kinds of friends in my single days that I thought were cute. Some needed a couch, or a little cash, or just an ear. Even finding some attractive, at that moment most of us can be human enough to keep our horny inner selves on the back shelf and provide support. I know the sex-crazed gay man is the cliché, but I don’t think that’s any more real than most everyone’s stereotypes. I read only concern and care from Mitch’s stunningly beautifully drawn ‘concerned’ expression in panel #3.

      • I do understand your mention that yaoi fandoms do tend to instantly romanticize and/or sexualize, because that’s one of the elements most people love ABOUT the genre. However, I don’t READ it on this page.

      *** Don’t get me wrong Saxon. I loved your Disney analogy, very sharp, but I’m having fun thinking about what I ended up thinking about because I NEVER went a traditional route here.

      • I do agree that nothing on this page makes me think Mitch is in anyway thinking like an older gay man would. I.e. “sugar daddy”. I just don’t see him (as a character) having any of that life experience or personality type. When he’s as old as Duncan and just as handsome, he may have a relationship with a “Kyle” type… except instead of hell. He’ll fly him to the moon.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQPiV_cauyI

      I agree with you that nothing today precludes a future when both these boys are more settled, but that’s a big if. It’s easy to evolve into a friendship. Despite the power of first kisses, who knows what Mitch is lusting after today in his life or in his future. It will be fun to see.

      Thanks for that fun post Saxon.

    • Mitch did have a lot of time to think about things while Cory was in the hospital with Diego.

    • Adam Black

      Gay Homeless teenagers do need saving, and thats without world-destroying super powers. I think this is realistic.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Yes. Absolutely.
        Having had time to sleep on it, I think I’m complaining about the means rather than the end. And while that’s still important from a story-telling sense, it’s a second order of importance. Nevertheless, I’m still hoping for Flyboy having reasons that are… well, not totally un-selfcentred, but far more interested in Cory’s practical welfare than anything else. In that regard, I do appreciate Doki’s reminder that Flyboy had a long time while waiting to think over his next move.

  • Whoops. I missed camp. DID wake up at normal time but, being tired and waking with a mean headache, I obviously also managed to turn my alarmclock off and fall asleep again very fast. Woke up hours later to it being daylight outside, and a vague memory of being awake >.<

  • It may be me still being tired, but am I the only one who thinks that with ‘come home with me’, all Mitch is thinking about here is taking him home to his actual parents? No YP as of yet. I admit to being a bit slow right now (on high dose of headache meds), so maybe that IS how everyone read it too xD

    Mitch’s parents ‘always liked Cory’, and his dad got a surgeon to come and help Diego at insta-notice, so I think it’s pretty safe to say they would be up for the idea for helping Cory too. At least, his dad would but I don’t think it’s him only.
    Then later Mitch could air the idea to Amanda of possibly getting a 2nd junior member, if Cory would be interested – when he doesn’t exactly HAVE to explain how they met up again…though I expect that if Mitch goes there, and try to get Cory into YP then he’d be honest enough to ‘fes about it.

    Oh, and Cory confirmed it here. Mitch is from a high status and well loaded family. Now I’m curious to what category, as in what background, he comes from.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Hmm. That’s one interpretation I suppose, but not the one I jumped to. Flyboy says “stay with me”, which on a casual reading implies a long-term/permanent arrangement. I like what you’re suggesting, but I needed to stop and think in order to reach that space.

      • I think that Cory lives with his parents, at least some of the time. Just like Paul lives somewhere, maybe with his parents (that’s how I enterpreted Kyle and Duncan’s convo in chapter 2), and how at least Kyle and Spooky have their own place outside of the YP headquarter. They take turns in having the nightshift at ‘the office’.
        That’s another reason I think ‘stay with me’ is Mitch’s home-home. Him not living at the headquarter a lot of the time also explain how he’s able to do his little side business without being detected.

        • Klaus

          I don’t think you mean Cory.

          • Oopsy again, nope I meant Mitch. Is now edited.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          I guess the real question is would Mitch feel that leaving a pretty dangerous young super with his folks was a safe idea… or would getting fugue-boy to Amanda and Spooky first be the priority? I don’t really know.

          His home-home certainly could be an option once things are safe.

          • Adam Black

            Well , hes too dangerous to leave.
            This could happen again.

            Its a fine way to create a super-villain.

      • I think that Cory lives with his parents, at least some of the time. Just like Paul lives somewhere, maybe with his parents (that’s how I enterpreted Kyle and Duncan’s convo in chapter 2), and how at least Kyle and Spooky have their own place outside of the YP headquarter. They take turns in having the nightshift at ‘the office’.
        That’s another reason I think ‘stay with me’ is Mitch’s home-home. Him not living at the headquarter a lot of the time also explain how he’s able to do his little side business without being detected.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I’m with Saxon… that’s a well thought out possibility, but honestly. Given our Alex? I have NO idea where Mitch is suggesting they go.

      That said, at this delicate moment, it does seem the request of concerned friend and not an attempt at relationship… not todayyyyy.

      Just guessings…

  • bronakopdin

    I love the direct type 😀 go for it Mitch!
    No really but I think this out of the blue offer might scare Cory a little… they didn’t see each other in years, Cory is somewhat uncomfortable with their meeting (or rather he’s having inferiority issues of some kind) so I wonder whether he’ll just happily say “yeah, sure, let’s go” ^^’
    But who knows where exactly Mitch want’s to take him for now. I guess @DanishWolf:disqus is not wrong when he thinks it’s Mitch’s family home and nothing more for now! Still I wonder about Cory.. I guess he won’t accept so easily

  • Adam Black

    WHOA! I had a thought, what if this story takes place on Kyles Birthday?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Kyle: Nawwww, you guys go celebrate in my place. I’m not in the mood. I think I’ll just stay home, watch Netflix and chill (Kyle’s a little gunshy on the birthday thing).

      • Adam Black

        It means Kyles is sent to hell at this same time

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Oh sorry. Totally misread you. You mean story is running concurrently. Got it.

          • Adam Black

            Right, like this happened on the time of Kyles date with Duncan

        • Klaus

          I don’t see how that could fit into the timeline. Flyboy flies the car to the love nest a couple of hours after dark. No time for this story before that. And after they prepare for the search for the ritual site.

          • Adam Black

            It means Mitchs night was as busy as Kyles

    • O.O then he’d have been rushing from this to get Kyle.

      Alex did say this story happened before the main arch, so don’t know if it could be, and seems less likely .. but what a thought, and it would be another unexpected twist.

      • Adam Black

        Right.
        But It would leave the Cory story up in the air, and explain why we didnt know how it resolved.

        • Unless Mitch takes Cory home-home, to his parents, and therefor the team still don’t know about him. We know they didn’t know Mitch was gay -since he told Kyle that before they went into battle – but so far I don’t think he’s shared anything about this and their friendship yet either.

  • Toli Bera

    doesn’t Mitch live at the YP headquarters? is he like gonna sneak him in under a blanket and have Diego live in his closet or something? “I swear Mom, he followed me home!”

    • Adam Black

      works for me

      • Chris Dangerfield

        repeatedly…

    • I don’t think anyone *lives* there. Annie knew Kyle’s and Fluke’s home addresses.

      • Toli Bera

        and as established last story, Spooky crashes at Kyle’s place occasionally. hmm…

  • Awww. I hope he says yes.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      IKR? Meeeeee tooooo.

  • I hope he says yes, I think it’d be good for him. But, there’s also Diego. I don’t think Cory would just leave him so easily. Especially now that he’s been so seriously hurt, but I think he might refuse to leave him even if this hadn’t happened. So, unless this offer somehow is able to extend to Diego, I’m expecting Cory to say no. Now…once Diego is conscious, he might be able to convince Cory to take the offer, if he finds out about it. But, I dunno. Looking forward to finding out how this plays out!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      One could also think of it this way. Cory (with Diego in the hospital) has no where to go. There is no reason he can’t go with Mitch and yet still be there for Diego, visiting the hospital as much as necessary. They aren’t mutually exclusive things.

      Diego CAN’T take care of Cory just now, so that would make Diego’s life easier. I agree that Cory won’t abandon his brother, but right now he’s more a worry and burden for Diego, who’s not that much older and clearly in no shape to protect, feed or care for Cory (or help him with is super issues).

      So, it’s possibly a very good thing all around.

      • Keneu

        Wouldn’t government child care services have to intervene in this case since Cory is a minor? And if Cory’s the reason Diego is sober half of the time, will he slip back into the habit when he no longer has to take care of his brother?

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Oh, good questions…

          So, would govt. “child services” have a program that could contain fledgling supers? One that’s not just a prison? Would they have the resources? It’s just a question, as this IS an AU.

          I will say that my experiences of people and addiction, of any nature, is that what happens NEXT on that front with Diego is entirely up to him. Friends and relatives are important, but only the individual can truly wrestle with their own addiction.

          This event may turn Diego around (essentially scare him straight, as he almost lost Cory) or he will continue the downward spiral and nothing Cory can do will really effect that. Most often relatives who try to support, mid-stream, are often just enabling… no matter how good their intentions are.

          Other than point Diego toward a good rehab program, there isn’t much a younger brother can do.

          • Keneu

            Maybe the Young Protectors and other teams that accept super rejects are part of those programs? The programs would have to be bigger than that and maybe include foster families that are willing to accept supers or other kind of places where they can live, among other things. Then there’s also the question of what does the goverment do with those who can’t or won’t adapt to those programs.

            About Diego, I hope he does get scared enough to stop.

          • Mitch’s dad helps Diego find gainful employment, after that it is up to Diego…

          • Chris Dangerfield

            nice.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            That’s interesting. Amanda clearly has a close and smart relationship with her mother. I could see that within those huge government bureaucracies, there could quietly be groups the TYP that specialize in young supers with challenges in society. The govt. goal is easily to prevent the Duncan’s of the world from slipping through the cracks and falling in with the wrong sort.

            LGBTQ? Family problems. 6,000 year old sorceresses, etc…

            Look what Spooky went through. Amanda is a very savvy and empathetic telepath. I could easily imagine she has a deep understanding of very young supers who have family issues and works with her mother and Spooky to keep TYP on track and help the ones who need it to grow up healthy and happy.

            After all being a super (like being gay) is clearly not a choice in this AU. These kids need help dealing with what is unignorable in their lives.

            It’s a very interesting quiet theory. Thanks.

        • They would be involved, but not necessary interfere. If it can be shown that the home that wants him is appropriate, in his best interests, and one he wants, they could give it a rubber stamp.

          Some sort of official custody/guardianship would be required for virtually any official purpose (school, medical care, etc.). In a lot of jurisdictions, Child and Family Services (the agency above Child Protective Services) would be more likely to approve the placement than not.

          There would be some individual workers and possibly agencies in some areas that would disapprove as a matter of course. But the agencies in California have already had enough black eyes in that regard that they won’t jump to make assumptions that the home isn’t appropriate. And too many California legislators watch CFS/CPS for the slightest misstep in that regard, so they have to be careful.

          By default, they’d allow it, until they find something to question. And even then, they would proceed carefully, unless it was an allegation that places the minor in direct danger.

          And before anyone jumps my shit about this, read my novel. I’ve done my research.

          • Keneu

            That sounds reasonable. I have no idea how these kinds of goverment departments work on my country, much less in the US. (I did read once about cases in Arizona where child care services split families for trivial reasons, but I don’t know anything else on the subject).

            Do you know if there would be any kind of legal consequences for Cory and Diego’s biological parents? Will the goverment agency responsible try to make Cory go back home again or that’s not an option since his father battered him?

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Keneau,

            On the last page, several people wrote very smartly about the good and bad of the US government’s record in child intervention. There’s a whole thread, but @zunden here:

            http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-flyboy-bonus-page-40/#comment-2392316676

            and @mickey phoenix here:

            http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-flyboy-bonus-page-40/#comment-2392732860

            were just two good ones (there were more) and both spoke of child-services here and what kinds of good and bad things can happen in domestic interventions of the kinds of situations that Cory is referencing. It was very interesting.

          • Keneu

            Thanks a lot! I don’t read the comments page much nowadays, so I totally missed that discussion.

  • Sapfo

    Story of the two princes. Born to meet, live, fall in love, and maybe find a comfortable daily life together. (hopefully not have any problems with the mortgage) Using powers for the greater good, and maybe for lifting heavy stuff at home.
    Jupp, I can see this story ^^

    • Tyler Griffin

      Telekinesis, supersonic flight, hyper senses, and semi invulnerability while flying, just think of the extracurricular possibilities

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Well given all that, the eventual sex would be complicated, but exciting on a certain Cirque Du Soleil level. 😀

        • People who need a *plane* to join the Mile High club are wusses.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            HA! Preach!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Except that prince-like course of true love is badly derailed as Spooky teleports in from the west, snags Kyle, and vanishes………….. 😀

      (*ha, chris has been taught OTP-ing by the best!*)

      • Sapfo

        You are learning! I am so proud of you my boy Chris! ^^

        But in your mind, see Mitch and Cory, finished with college. Moving into their first one bedroom appartment. They spent most of the first evening putting together some shelves in the glow of candles (they have not gotten the lamp up yet). They are still young, but they have their first home together…. it could happen?

        rambeling berry should be of to bed now. So sleepy

        • Chris Dangerfield

          My apologies, for some nameless reason, I thought you were snagging my Kyle for your Prince scheme, but I know see that was @fujoshifanatic:disquss earlier plan. However, I give you full permission to help Mitch and Cory find HEA. 😀

  • fujoshifanatic

    Say yes Cory! Diego’s in the hospital, so it’s not like you can go with him if you say no. Besides, how could you say no to Mitch’s little puppy face in the last panel? Oh, these two are so adorable! While I ship Kyle and Mitch getting together (eventually), these two are so right for each other right now…Damn you Alex, you are giving me too many ships to keep afloat! And is it me, or do Mitch and Cory look especially like the sweet, innocent boys they are on this page? I keep wanting to ruffle Mitch’s hair, and pinch Cory’s baby-fat cheeks, especially in panels 3 and 5, respectively. Really nice work, Adam and Vera (and of course, Alex!)

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I know what you mean about all the ships… when I get too tired it becomes one giant polyamorous cruise ship. LOL.

      • fujoshifanatic

        LOL, that sounds like a fun ship! Love Boat indeed! *hoping someone is old enough to understand the reference*

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Darn you… old schmold… now I’m humming that damn ear-work theme song. LOL. Yes, I blame you.

          Ha!

        • Tyler Griffin

          Not old enought o have seen it, but old enough to recognize the reference, does that count?

      • Tyler Griffin

        Hi, we’re here for the cruise, is this where the mandatory sex parties occur?

      • Klaus

        Good Ship Venus?

        • Chris Dangerfield

          USS Hookup? 🙂

          • Tyler Griffin

            The Round-Robin

          • Chris Dangerfield

            HA!

    • Thank you, fujoshifanatic! Glad to help you launch those ships! 😉

  • Pikinanou

    Cute, smart, with super powers and rich… do you have flaws, Mitch?! 😛
    They’re so cute. <3

    • Tyler Griffin

      Minor Status, lol. That is the biggest “flaw” as far as most of the fandom is concerned 😛 lmao

      • Chris Dangerfield

        I have that problem in life so I relate… no one appreciates my “enormous” status. 😀

  • SchalaRenee

    It’s a pity Cory isn’t in the main story…this means something happened to him. He and Mitch should get together. Such a sweet couple!

    • Klaus

      Maybe he willp be in the next episode. Alex said that he may write other stories in this setting after Engaging the enemy. That will be years in the future, though.

      • Michael

        The possibility of “Young Protectors: The Next Generation” has been thrown around.

        I really want to see a grizzled adult Mitchell with an oldschool aviator moustache giving flying lessons to the spunky new teenaged hotshot super with flight powers. <3

        • Klaus

          How about 20 year old Mitch?

          • Michael

            If this were Marvel, we could have a 20-year-old Mitch being trained by grizzled older Mitch who came back in time to train his younger self in how to defeat Platinum Priestess’s invulnerable stone warrior golems.

            And then have them joined by even-grizzlier elderly Mitch rocking a massive white Viking beard, to help the two of them defeat PP before she can have Anni’s baby who will cause the apocalypse in the distant future.

            And then it was all a dream anyway.

  • Jason Moon

    An invitation fraught with possibilities! Dragging out these revelations of the past of Flyboy and Cory are TORTURE!(this is, conversely, both one of the worst and one of the best things about a webcomic) 🙂

  • D. G.

    I don’t see this working. Cory is not gonna want to be totally dependent on Mitch and his family. Mitch should help Cory get a job.

    • Klaus

      Mitch is 14 or 15. Cory is most likely the same age. It would be difficult for him to make a living. And he needs training to controlhis power.

      • D. G.

        Oh I didn’t think about him being that young.

        • Mitch has very recently turn 15 here.

          • Klaus

            As of the main storyline.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Of course, D.G. has a point. If Cory can whip up the McDonald’s fries into a tiny whirlwind with the salt… well than it could be very valuable to fast-food lovers everywhere.

            Remember there is always hope.

          • D. G.

            Thanx Chris.

  • Chris Dangerfield

    TODAY is not page day… this is going to require extra hot cocoa and a LOT of tiny marshmallows.

    • Klaus

      I don’t know if I should tell you, but tomorrow is not page day either.

      • Tomorrow is camping.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Thank you Doki… you saved another life today. 😀

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Oh fine Klaus! Just push me off the bridge why don’t you. 🙂

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Okay, in one hour and 45 minutes… the campground will open. Now I know that people won’t flow in for hours and hours… but still… it comforts me. 😀

    • Kate G

      Isn’t page day in the evening on Tuesdays my time? It’s only the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday Central time…

    • Chris Dangerfield

      The sun is slowly rising on true page day. Hope enters the world. Now we just have to keep our minds on surviving until “page-eve” and then Santa will come down our chimney with a fresh delicious page and all will be right with the world… 😀

      (*It’s December… I get excited easily this time of year. LOL.)

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Ummmm… I just have to say that I’ve felt that fourth panel. Cory: “Right… don’t worry. I get it. After seeing me like this…”

    I’ve felt that a few times and, yup, it makes me cry. It’s not easy having a good friend who is a “frickin’ prince of the whole world.” Oh I know!

    I had (have) a few friends like that. With looks and money. It took a long time to realize that, while some things “seemed” easier, they were just as worried and conflicted as I was about the real-life issues. I understood it even better when I found my long-term partner and watched my seemingly ‘privileged’ friends have to learn how to be happy for me.

    Harder to understand when you’re that young. Slightly easier when you’re older.

  • Random bit of interesting:
    In Ernest Saves Christmas the new Santa is offered a part in a movie called Christmas Slay. Turns out that there is an actual movie called Christmas Slay. It apparently comes out in 2016.

  • davefragments

    Tonight is going to be an interesting camp:
    Turner Classic Movies will be screening “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe” opposite the two hour finale of “Scream Queens” … Now that’s one helluva cultural choice for cable.
    Fun and games with George and Martha or unmasking the red devil with (I don’t know, who the hell cares?)

    TYP will be a welcome diversion.

  • D. G.

    Hey everybody. *makes huge bonfire and sets up table holding hot water, tea bags, sugar, lemon wedges, cocoa packets, coffee mugs, spoons and a bowl of fresh oranges. “Help yourselves everyone.”

    • Saxon_Brenton

      [looks at stash] Oh goodness, I hadn’t realised how much I’m dying for a cup of tea. Ta.

      • D. G.

        Ur welcome.

    • davefragments

      green tea

      • D. G.

        Yep. Also orange pekoe and lemon hibiscus.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Ooh, much as I love cocoa, I think I’ll go with some tea tonight. Thank you!

      • D. G.

        Ur welcome.

  • D. G.

    While I’m enjoying Mitch’s side story I’m eager to read more of the main story line. Alex hurry!

    • davefragments

      I just finished reading Light and Ryuk’s adventures.
      BTW

      • D. G.

        Cool. I’ve only read a few fan fics on ao3.

        • davefragments

          It’s a stunning premise.

          • D. G.

            I know. I love death note.

  • Michael

    For the Aussies who are camping this afternoon, did anyone catch the Biggest Loser finale last night?

    • DonnaC

      Yes Daniel won. Michelle and Commando are having a baby. Rob and his wife got married.

      • Michael

        Yeah, I saw it this morning on Tenplay.

        Bit of a joke, I thought, three prizes on offer totalling 250k, and the Jofres take out all three? Not that they haven’t earned it, but I felt a bit bad for the other three teams.

  • Holly

    *Lugs out the largest S’more in all dimensions known and unknown* HI ALL

    • Holly!!

      • Holly

        HI AJ!

        • What’s up?

          • Holly

            Um…. How are you?!

          • Doing okay, just a little tired. Contemplating dessert.

          • Holly

            what does one dessert after having aspargus and fish

          • Well we have a persimmon or a small portion of mint cookie ice cream.

          • Holly

            I vote Persimmons

          • We went with the ice cream.

          • Holly

            TSK TSK

          • It was yummy.

    • davefragments

      Hi there.

      • Holly

        DAVE!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Oooh, giant s’mores!! Yummy!!

      • Holly

        Careful with that you don’t want to get…

        >_>

        <_<

        …. STICKY

        • stickfigurefairytales

          I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE

          • Holly

            GEORGE ALWAYS SEES WHAT WE DID THERE STICKY! *Stares*

  • davefragments

    Why is everyone so quiet tonight?

    • Well I just finished dinner.

      • davefragments

        Mine was a big pork chop.

        • Had Parm fish and asparagus.

          • davefragments

            I had to stop eating fish before someone discovered how to cook it with cheese of any kind.

          • Is cheese a problem?

          • davefragments

            Yes, I’m lactose intolerant.
            However, my great thrills in food are turkey stuffing and braised meats.

          • The best part of Thanksgiving is the stuffing.

          • davefragments

            I had 4 leftover portions. My niece and I made two big dishes. She made it with sausage and I made a plainer bread stuffing with ground meat. Last night I stuffed the other pork chop with the leftover stuffing and feasted again.

          • Mmmm. I didn’t make enough stuffing this year. Humph.

          • davefragments

            There’s never enough stuffing.

          • True that!!

          • we actually had too much and ended up throwing most of it out.

          • Blaspheme!!

          • Actually, we usually end up with too much stuffing. I personally don’t like the stuffing they make at Thanksgiving. I like the StoveTop stuffing.

          • Holly

            Speaking asparagus, who wants the latest chapter of, “wow holly is fail”

          • Tell away.

          • Holly

            I have selective eating disorder! yay…

          • o.O

          • Holly

            Apparently, thinking certain foods are poison is not normal as an adult.

          • No, it’s not.

          • Holly

            Bright orange things in nature are poisonous. Why should I eat a carrot? They taste like poison. Most vegetables do.

            Apparently, this is further evidence that I should be tested for autism… >_>

          • Well I hope it can be worked out..

          • Holly

            I guess. I don’t see why i have to eat them. But I am going to go see a coucellor

          • davefragments

            Please do,
            Onion, carrots, and celery are some of the basic building blocks of many dishes and sauces.

          • You don’t have to eat them, no one has to eat anything they don’t want to eat, but they do hold a lot of nutritional value (vitamins, minerals etc) as well add a certain amount of flavors and such to the foods we cook.

        • D. G.

          I envy u. I’ve been craving pork chops.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Fritter casserole?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I was catching up a little with email.

      • davefragments

        I watched Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe. just for funsies tonight.
        I got tired to politics and I finished the book at hand.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Before email I was watching sports team play their game. They successfully scored more than the other sports team!

          • davefragments

            I’m not a great sports fan. I pay attention but I don’t like the announcers on TV. All that talk is just endless drivel to me.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I tend to feel that way about the national broadcast commentators, but not the local commentators for this particular sport. They are actually a lot of fun.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            That is a fact. There is a statistician in the tech trailer who is feeding absolutely pointless trivia into that sports anchorman’s earpiece. “Many people don’t know that this is the 42nd bat that Jose has used in this season…”

            I mean honestly. Who needs this? Like art, sports is much better when some goof doesn’t attempt explain it. 😀

          • Chris Dangerfield

            As in the “WINNING?” That would be nice. 🙂

        • Chris Dangerfield

          DF, one of my favorite things about you is that V-Wolfe is “funsies” in the land D-frag. You are the awesome.

    • Holly

      My silence is due to the S’more. Or confusion about human interaction

      • davefragments

        chocolate and marshmallows,
        yum!

        • Holly

          And Graham Crackers. One must never forget!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Mmm!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Desperatley typing up some notes for a creative writing project that I promised for over a week ago.

      • davefragments

        I know that feeling.

    • Doki was passed out in bed…

  • I’m here, but signing out again for a little while. No V hunting for this wolf today. I can sleep for another 45mins, and I need that right now. Going on 3hours of sleep. Will be back to see the page in about an hour.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Sleep well, Danish!

    • Holly

      Sleep Tight DW. Rest up!

    • Michael

      Sleep well!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I had a pretty fun dream last night. I was at this amusement park and I ended up with a big group of people that the park management had picked as volunteers for doing promotional photos for their advertising. So there was a lot of us doing fake-candid poses, like acting like we were laughing at something. And they’d closed off the area of the park we were in to the general public, so we got to go on all these rides with practically no wait at all.

    • Holly

      wow that is a good dream

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Also one of the rides was like a tram thing that took you through this (nature-type) park, and I got to see all of these beautiful tropical birds, including big toucans!

        • davefragments

          Sounds like the Animal Kingdom in Disney.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Possibly, although I’ve never been there.

          • davefragments

            I was there in 1998 (not that recent) and it was a game reserve and other stuff. They took people own rides through it.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            The one in my dream was more tropical than savanna in climate, as I recall.

          • davefragments

            Neat!

  • davefragments

    rumblings at patreon

    • Michael

      yup. It’s a good one, too.

      • Holly

        Wish I had money for patreon

  • stickfigurefairytales
  • blkwhtrbbt

    Panel 3 mitch tho