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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Truth or Dare—Page 21

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All righty, then. I guess there really will be no hugs.

Happy Marriage Day, everyone! (It’s something I thought I wouldn’t see until I was in my 80s or something. So nice to be wrong. A very happy day. 🙂 )

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So! Looks like Tsunami has answered his question. Now it’s his turn to ask Fluke a question our lucky hero doesn’t want to answer. What will that question be? And what secrets will we learn?

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

  • Well, there went any and all warm fuzzies, let alone any good will.

    • Stubbylegs

      I want to like him, but he is making that very tough.

      • He’s thrown a virtual obstacle course filled with landmines, spiked pits, pits of crocodiles/vipers, and thumb tacks.

    • Sapfo

      Happy V day AJ

  • davefragments

    And I guessed wrong.
    We have the denouement between Tsunami and Spooky.
    There’s a bit of bad blood there.

    • I think more than a bit. Wow!

      • timemonkey

        Well, you can see where resentment could creepy in. Spooky’ll win any round of ‘my trauma’s worse than yours’ and yet he’s all smiles and joy and everyone loves him and even the legit hero teams want him.

        • It seems though that he would rather be angry. If Spooky were angry like that, I don’t know if other teams would want him.

        • davefragments

          I think Spooky might seem to have replaced Tsunami as the one the Commander looks to and he resents it.

          • Klaus

            Spooky and Amanda was working together before either met Gordon. Of course neither the bonus comic nor the Spooky’s hat story says explicitly that Amanda does not already know Gordon, but I think it is a safe bet.

          • davefragments

            I hadn’t thought of it that way. I might have missed something along the way.

          • timemonkey

            Maybe he thinks the Commander SHOULD be looking to him instead of Spooky since he’s all cautious and Spooky is Spooky?

          • davefragments

            There is something that we don’t know about Tsunami’s background that makes his less trusting and that he still hasn’t worked through.

          • timemonkey

            He could just be like that naturally.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I wonder what Gordon’s going to ask Paul?

    • Madock345

      Why do I think it will be something bitter and antagonistic? Either that or unbearably patronizing.

      Maybe I’m being unfair.

  • Alt+F7

    I am waiting for that last minute twist from fluke just as it seems the bonus comic is about to end, because I don’t want it to end, but I do want to return to the main storyline, but I don’t want ToD to end… this s a dilemma.

  • DC

    Looks like it is going to take some time for Tsu. The sooner you get it out the better you will feel and those that want to help you, Spooky and your team mates, will understand.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Well, I need to pack and then head off to bed. See you guys on Tuesday!

    • Keneu

      Good night, hope you have a safe trip.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Thank you very much!

    • Have fun at the wedding!!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Thank you, I hope to! 🙂

  • timemonkey

    I was afraid this would be his reaction. Wouldn’t want to get better, not if he’ll have to thank Spooky for it, gotta simmer in that bitterness and resentment.
    Sadly, I’m familiar with such lines of stubbornness.

  • davefragments

    I think my browser’s having a nervous breakdown from having eight windows open and all of them active at once. I’ll just have to beat it with a whip tomorrow.

    • Been there.

      • davefragments

        I’d reboot real fast but one window has Beethoven’s Ninth playing and I don’t want to stop it. The call for “happier tones” just burst forth.

        • Music trumps everything. 🙂 Or just about.

          • davefragments

            Next is the Symphony Fantastique with Mariss Jansons conducting. I met Jansons when he was conducting at Pittsburgh. I like his conducting.

          • I’ve been listening to Cheap Trick. Of course I was doing that before the SCOTUS’s decisions. It was a nice change to listen to some happy music.

          • davefragments

            That is daytime music for me.
            Nighttime is Classical.
            Nights to sleep to is Cole Porter, the Gershwin’s, Sinatra, anything broadway, Bossa Nova, Michel Legrand, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, and a host of others like that.
            For fun is opera.

          • I’ll have to try that sometime. I haven’t thought of daytime vs. nighttime music.

  • davefragments

    I also don’t think that Spooky would care who leads. he has a certain knowledge that lets him do things others can’t and he uses it. I don’t think he cares who leads or why just as long as they listen.

  • Madock345

    Those expressions on the last page intrigue me. What is Kyle smiling about? It’s not a smiley kind of moment. and It’s hard for me to get a read on Amanda’s expression at all. She doesn’t look as concerned as I would think she would, if my second in command just revealed deep psychological trauma and borderline hatred for a teammate… I would be very concerned. She looks a bit wary maybe? Or that she’s humoring him? I can’t tell and that concerns me.

    • Madock345

      Addendum: last panel Flyboy might be my favorite Flyboy face. I’m such a sucker for puppydog eyes.

      • I knooow.
        Eyes are one of my favorite things on a person. A gorgeous pair of eyes, and/or someone who can say a 1000 words with a look, and I can be a melting puddle of goo xD

    • I would hope that he would be in therapy. Someone like him needs to be in therapy, especially if he’s going to be in his position of leadership. It is concerning his attitude.

      And much of this confirms my feelings that, despite the fact Tsu takes it seriously, the “guardianship” is there only as a work around of the system to let the team of youngsters function.

    • I think it looks like an awkward smile, as in ‘we just laughed this changed fast.. uuh what’ kind of smile. Or maybe it’s to break his own tension.

      I know that I myself have a thing that if I get spooked/get a (minor) shock, I often have to laugh or have a huge grin on my face. Not long, maybe just a few seconds, but I HAVE to. I hate it, but I can’t help it.

      (Otherwise it will end in me sputtering while trying to keep that short laugh in – or worst of all, a laughing fit. The sputtering will often be a result of the shock, being if someone else is hurt – causing me to get that shock. I’ve gotten a few dissaproving looks from other bystanders here and there when the timing of me giving that short laugh has been bad. Ex. a person hurt themself in front of me, and shortly after I have to smile big or laugh .. yeah, bad timings are the worst ones >.< )

    • EldrinSMP

      Something tells me this wasn’t news to Amanda. She may be very careful about reading the minds of people without their permission, but I can see her making an exception when something like this reared it’s head in Gordon’s mind.

    • EyeDontNo

      Kyle is smiling because Spooky just grabbed his neck again! 😀

  • Danny

    It seems like, for all that Gordon is envious of Spooky and dislikes him, Gordon puts Spooky up on a pedestal. In his eyes, Spooky can do no wrong, and he doesn’t even have to pretend to be perfect like Gordon does.

    Of course, Gordon probably wants Spooky to do something wrong so that he can point to it and say to himself, “Look, Mr. Perfect isn’t so great after all.” so that he might feel better about his own mistakes. If they all survive the encounter with the Platinum Priestess and the Annihilator in the main story arc, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gordon starts pointing fingers at Spooky for letting the Annihilator free, even though Spooky did it to save Mitch.

    • That’s a very good point. That explains that very odd bit about Spooky having a lot of sex appeal. While I like Spooky, and he would definitely be a very interesting friend to have, I don’t feel any particular compulsion to jump his bones.

      I know. Heresy.

      • Danny

        Not heresy, just minority opinion. And I think you’ve just avoided a ridiculously long line, since lots of people seem to want to bed Spooky.

        • I prefer to get to know my bed partners first, person to person.

        • Line starts with me. Yep, I said it ^_^

          • Danny

            Probably a good idea to claim the #1 spot. 🙂 Because by the time he gets to the last person, he’ll probably be pretty worn out.

          • Klaus

            He is young and resilient.

          • Danny

            But with so many suitors, even Spooky would get a little tired. Perhaps he can take them in shifts? He’d never have to sleep alone, that’s for sure. If they let him sleep, that is.

          • Klaus

            I suddenly hear Liverpool F.C.’s anthem.

          • Stubbylegs

            Personally, if I could actually bang anyone in the YP, I would be more likely to go for Tsunami if he would pull his head out of his own arse.

          • Danny

            Fair enough. There are many different male body types to go around in the Young Protectors. 🙂

          • I claimed it years ago. It’s just everyone else who tries to butt in 😉

          • purplefoxglove

            Sadly, I wasn’t a reader back then (I know, sacrilege) so there’s no way I can steal that position from you, but I’ll take the sneaky route: while everybody is busy fighting over Spooky, I’ll just *ask* him if he’d like to hang out. It’s his decision, after all.

            Devious, huh? 😉

        • Nate

          Nah, I just want to cuddle him. The shorts can stay on. 😉

      • Madock345

        Word of Alex is that Spooky is considered a sex symbol in this universe. He’s kind of a celebrity hero.

  • Spooky’s expression in panel 3 seems to indicate that he just got fed up with Gordon’s pity party deluxe.

  • Oookay, that envious ..eeh, rivalry Gordon seems to feel towards Spooky makes me wanna Gibbs-smack him. He could use it.

    He’s so resentful of how well Spooky has handled his childhood traumas that he refuses to let Spooky help him, because it would be another win for him….
    Dayum, talk about having issues – and he knows he has them. That’s almost the saddest part of this. Just a few moments ago he admitted that a hug right now would make him cry.

    Betcha that he’d HATE if a hug from Spooky would cause that ‘weakness’, and that’s why he’s reacting defensive again. He just revealed his sense of not feeling as good as Spooky a 2nd time. Can’t let those tears out.

    • Columbine

      I think it’s a little bit tragic- it’s not a happy way for anyone to live.

    • Derkins

      I couldn’t have said it better. Totally agree.

  • TwilightDreamer

    sheesh….down Gordon.
    Oh well, I think they could all use a hug really.

  • Sapfo

    No hugs D,,:
    Well maybe on the next page there will be hugs. If nothing else I am giving you USA a big hug. The news yesterday was one of the best. And even the whitehouse got a nice little paint job to it 🙂

  • bronakopdin

    awwww
    somehow I wanna hug him even more now… especially after seeing panel 4 where he reminds me of a moping little child xD
    too cute ^^
    (to even say this about a beefy giant like him :D)

    Ok so what question might he ask Paul?
    As out lucky boy is always lucky it might not be half as bad for him!

  • Maus Merryjest

    Dear god, Gordon. How on earth do you manage to come across as more immature than the teenagers you’re supervising?

    • Phyre Storm

      Talent.

      Seriously, teens given adult-level responsibilities naturally want to prove they’re capable. At the same time, being around teens, especially in a position of authority over them, brings out the worst in some adults because they figure they’re more mature by default merely because they’re older.

      • Derkins

        This is random but I play an MMO. Sometimes the people I meet on there come across like they are one age, very heavily. I’ll be sure that one guy is about 14, and another is in his 30’s. It often turns out that it’s the other way around. You just never know, based off maturity level alone.

        People can get stuck in low developmental stages when they’re young, and never move past them. Other times, young n’s can be wise beyond their years.

        • Phyre Storm

          Very true. I’ve played MMOs too and had similar experiences. As a teen, I always kept my age a secret online until I’d earned a community’s respect. I had more than one person not believe me when I “came out” as 16 or whatever. On the other hand, more recently, I was drunk and being a doofus and someone refused to believe I was 27. 😛 So yeah, you can’t tell someone’s age just from their behavior as it varies widely, even with the same person at different times.

    • Kate G

      I’m going to give you a thought here: have you ever considered his acting out as a call for help or a sign as a deep internal struggle? I think you’re not giving Gordon credit here: he is trying to say something that is deeply personal and deeply shameful to him. He made mistakes that cost humans THEIR LIVES. He lives with that guilt, that shame and that horror every day much like a soldier who came back from the war front with the burden of the lives he has taken on his back. Unlike Spooky, who dealt with his issues, Gordon hasn’t dealt with those debilitating, not to mention traumatizing, events for many reasons.

      One reason, I suspect, is his Maori culture dictates that he is supposed to be able to burden these types of events without softening his stoicism and that therapy would be shaming his family. In his mind, he knows he needs therapy but his culture says therapy is for the weak. I also suspect that he has a hard time opening up to someone because of these values taught. He is taught to deal with these feelings and events through anger and violence.

      His struggle to say something about his past is evident here. What’s also evident is how his past is destroying not only himself, but his relationships. He became a soldier at a very young age, probably around Mitch’s age. I cannot imagine what he has seen.

      • Maus Merryjest

        That may be so, but ultimately it is his responsibility to get himself together- he upbraids Kyle for having secrets from the rest of the team, but Gordon does the same thing with obviously equally destructive ones. Since he is in a position of mentorship over these young men, it’s his responsibility to be mature enough to step down if he cannot do the job.

        There is only so much a person can blame on his background and upbringing, when we become adults we are responsible for our own choices, including the choice of perpetuating bad practices and bad values. I grew up in a homophobic, uber-catholic country, and I made the conscious decision to break with that when I reached adulthood. People are NOT helpless and they are NOT enslaved to their past, otherwise no-one would ever be able to move beyond it. There would be no choices, no changes, everything would be predicated exactly by the things that have gone before.

        I can’t think of anything more traumatic than Hell itself, but Spooky was able to move past that. Gordon clearly did not, and he stubbornly refuses to ask anyone for help.

        That makes him a failure as a guardian. If anything, I’d say that he makes Commander’s task all that more difficult by being a forbidding figure that does not encourage anyone to open up. Gordon may well be the reason why so many secrets do not reach Commander at all.

        • Columbine

          I appreciate what you’re saying, I’ve had to break with my upbringing too. I’m willing to give Tsunami a bit more leeway though.

          There could be any number of reasons why Spooky has been able to move past his trauma- it could have been longer ago, he could have/had access to better doctors and therapists than Tsunami, he could have had more supportive guardians who were trained to help traumatised children.

          None of which is to say I support the idea that Tsunami is the second most authoritative person on this team, I don’t. And I think he often behaves in ways that are very unhelpful to the younger boys. But as an individual- I guess I give him a bit more benefit of the doubt. I know for me it took people actively challenging unsavoury things in my background to make me think about them and realise they were wrong. Tsunami, despite his position of authority, is also very young. I get the impression that in many ways he lacks experience of the world and contact with people/ideas that would challenge his view of the world.

        • Kate G

          I can understand what you are saying, but I too grew up in your kind of environment. Here’s the thing and I am going to make this very clear as I find this insulting: you CANNOT say “there is nothing more traumatic than Hell.” Everyone has their own limits to trauma. Everyone has their own version of Hell. Who is to say that Hell itself isn’t warped to suit each individual person in this comic?

          I think in a way we are all chained to our pasts in some way. You cannot live your life without reminding yourself of your past so you can change your future, so you are chained to it. How thick those chains are are up to you. Tsunamis are thick and heavy because of his cultural clashes and his trauma being a soldier. I like to think mine are light. I’ve worked hard to accept the horrors I’ve seen and the horrors that were done unto me. I still have trouble with some things and most deal with my disabilities.

          Tsunami was me as a teen. I get him. But, nonetheless, take some of this to heart.

  • Cman65

    well Big-Wet is just a big sooky cry baby

    • Klaus

      We do not know what it is he feels so gulty about.

      • Phyre Storm

        True, but we do know he’s breaking the most important rule of being a superhero about it.

      • Michael

        And therein lies the problem, as I posted just now: Gordon hasn’t really shared anything new, aside from the fact that he feels guilty about his dark past.

        Before this mini-comic, everybody knew that all the members of the team had some sort of horrible messup or mistake or other ‘dark past’ stuff. It’s not too much of a step to assume they all feel guilty.

        Basically, although Gordon’s opened up more than usual, he hasn’t actually shared anything new, just hinted and suggested at it.

  • I think that Kyle appears somewhat chagrined or embarrassed.

    There he was on the previous page suggesting in such a manner that I took it more as a question about righting down the bit for Tsu and he pretty much gets snapped at. A complete rebuke for an innocent inquiry. Everyone thought that they had made a connection with him, but oh no!! Certainly not.

    Sigh. This is not how to make, let alone keep friends, Tsu

    • Michael

      So, if they’d written Mitch’s thing down, would Gordon allow his own thing to be written down? Somehow I don’t think so.

      • I doubt it as well. He would say it was two different things And mind your own business. Or something like that.

        • Michael

          Which would make Hypothetical Gordon a hypothetical hypocrite.

    • I don’t think Kyle was completely innocent in his asking, I think he was partly teasing after they’d already ruled out writing anything down about Mitch. That being said, I definitely agree with your other points – Tsunami bottling all this grief up and still not feeling comfortable enough to talk about it properly despite the circumstances is bad, for his friendships, and for him in general too.

      • The thing is for me, despite keeping his relationship and gay status a secret, Kyle is a pretty straight forward guy. I don’t see him actually the sort who would tease about that, let alone has the social skills to do that. I think he was honestly asking because it appeared they had made a connection with Tsunami and he might be willing to seek aid.

        • You may be right. Maybe I was reading too much into that cute, perky little face 😉 and, assuming there was more to the smile, thought he was playing a bit. Either way, the answer was always gonna be NO. 😛

          • That is true. Sad, but true.

          • I forgot what I wrote and had to backtrack a little, but I almost thought you were saying it was sad but true that I was paying too much attention to Kyle’s face. haha!

          • Nope, nothing sad about that!!

  • Kate G

    NO HUGS?! NO HUGS?! Fine, I’ll take he hugs! *hugs Spooky*

    Tsu, in a way, reminds me of a lot of older generation military veterans. He has a past he is unwilling to talk about that is eating him up inside. He is jealous of someone who has as horrible as a past as himself, got the help and is happy but he himself is still unwilling to get that help due to various reasons including that therapy means you are weak or “crazy.” It’s a very old stigma that still prevails among the older generations and in cultures with very traditional roles.

    In a way, I really do feel for Tsu-tsu. My dad struggled for years with his demons before he got therapy. It’s NOT an easy thing to admit for many soldiers of my dad’s generation and even some of today’s generation soldiers. From what I know of the Maori, the men are taught from birth to be stoic and to protect their family honor so therapy really does mean dishonoring their family in some ways. I can’t imagine the battle going on in his head.

    Oh, I made it into the walking and trotting classes at my horse shows! YAAAAAAAAAAAY! I won second place which I am extremely happy with as I only got points off for not posting on my diagonal, something I haven’t been taught. She didn’t mark me down for Scooby kicking Ice while we were trying to pass him. Scooby does not win today’s prize for best behavior.

    • Columbine

      I think you’re right on the money with Tsu. I’d add to it a bit- I think he also underestimates the effect it’s having on himself and people around him, telling himself it’s not ‘that bad’. I might be stretching: I’ve seen that in people with mental health problems before but I don’t have any personal experience with that sort of vetran-response.

      • Kate G

        Oh, definitely. That’s part of the problem. PTSD is a mental disorder and is most often part of bigger problem that is now being researched with soldiers who have gone overseas and have been endured any sort of blast called blast-induced neurotrauma. They say, “I don’t need help. It’s not affecting anyone,” when it’s really affecting EVERYBODY.

        • Columbine

          Yeah I can imagine. I’ve seen similar attitudes with the early stages of dementia and with severe depression. Some of the dementia ones were….oddly humourous? My Grandad at 83 told the social worker we had come round that of course they didn’t need to sell his house and if money was the problem he could get a job with the RAF again. That was a more total disconnection from reality granted but the same…..lack of awareness of how their condition affected anything. What I’ve seen with depression probably lines up more closely to the PTSD cases.

          • Kate G

            Each case is definitely different. I have Autism. When I’m off my medication I very closely resemble someone who is depressed. I will bust out crying for no reason, get angry at the drop of a hat, not get out of bed, not eat, the list goes on and on. The reason why is because my brain can’t sort my thoughts from each other. They all are scrambled and going in different ways so my brain goes haywire. I take my anti-depressant (happy pills for the world everyone!) and I’m perfectly fine.

    • Michael

      Congratulations! Second place is awesome 😀

      • Kate G

        Thank you!

  • Michael

    Gordon, ya sad sack, you’re among friends who will never remember anything you say. If now isn’t the time to get stuff off your chest, there’ll never be a time for it!

    Come to think of it, did Gordon actually share a secret? He hinted and suggested, but never stated outright what if anything had happened, only that if, in a hypothetical situation, someone failed a rescue or caused harm due to their powers, this hypothetical person would be consumed by guilt.

    I cast my doubt that this would satisfy the terms of the curse.

    • Columbine

      I’ve been thinking that perhaps the curse works more on the basis of what someone under it thinks is a secret- So the cursee could ramble about feathery dinosaurs being ridden by parrots and so long as *they personally* thought they’d revealed something secret the curse would be satisfied.

    • Nate

      The initial question wasn’t about the secret, remember? It was about the desert island. And he answered that. The curse is satisfied.

      • Michael

        Actually, you have a point. Somewhere along the line I thought it was aboput revealing personal secrets, but as the Page 1 notes indicate:

        “The Veritas Curse was developed during the Inquisition and its rules are very specific. You have to answer questions in a ritual setting. Questions you don’t want to answer. If you answer those questions absolutely truthfully, the curse is lifted.”

        He answered the specific question truthfully, so I retract my comments.

        • Nate

          It’s easy to lose track, what with blushing Kyle, shirtless Spooky, cuter-than-hell Mitch, and Gordon being… well… Gordon.

          Luckily, I’m used to dealing with distra- THEY ARE TOUCHING AGAIN! SQUEEE!!!

          😉

  • And Spooky is back to touching Kyle. I still think Kyle has a higher body temperature than any of the others. A perfect fit for Spooky to touch often 😉

    No one longer bat an eyelid when he goes back to touching.

    • Sapfo

      I was just looking at that also. The hand on the neck, so cute Spooky. and Kyle dont seem to mind it at all.

      • Toli Bera

        they spooned. I don’t think either cares about hand placement (Relatively.)

    • Zintlions

      I absolutely love Kyle’s adoring/happy face in that panel too. Showing subtle emotions seems to be one of this artist’s fortes

  • Nate

    It’s official. Gordon is an idiot. The situations are completely different, but his monomania about Mitch is leading him to refuse help he probably needs.

  • Michael

    Marccus has finished painting the Full Monty version of Kyle, and it’s awesome!

    You know what, bugger the personal austerity measures, my savings will stretch to cover $5 a month until I get either unemployment support or a job. A guy’s got to have priorities, after all.

    • As someone who made the same decision earlier this year: it’s so worth it.

  • Terri Sutton

    Awww, who’s the big ol’ sourpuss? That right Tsu-Tsu, you are.

  • Adam Irving

    This page made me smile, if for nothing else than that it shows our favorites don’t always get the win either, as Gordon points out. It’s put in a safe and humorous way, but I like the gentle point it makes. Nice art work too!

  • Tyler Griffin

    I am so sorry Alex, My laptop’s desktop image has been the YP action sequence wallpaper ever since I discovered this comic and you offered it. As of this morning though I have had to change it to the Rainbow Lit Whitehouse in celebration. I’m sure you understand. WE MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeldenil

    I’m so torned up right now between wanting to see Paul getting questioned (he’s been awfully quiet as of late) and wanting to get inside Gordon’s brain more. I can only hope we will one day get just a little more insight. Maybe another side-story?

  • Cydney Sabin

    BEST BIRTHDAY EVER

  • i have a secret: right about now i want to smack gordie upside his head (with a specific body part of mine)

    does that count??

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    The further this goes ,the more I want to know about Gordon and how he ended up being such a pompous prick…….sorry, but that’s how I see him , meanwhile I can’t wait to see the next question and where that ends up.

  • Klaus

    It says much about Spooky’s recovery from his trauma that his friends think nothing of using the word “hell” in his hearing.

    • Keneu

      It also says a lot about him as a person that he gets irritated when he could help someone but that person keeps refusing, even though he admitted he had problems.

  • Megan Staples

    HUGS! I send a lot of them your way. 🙂 I’m the one who’ll never be married. I’ve seen too many people with many years in a relationship get married and then be divorced before 5 years pass. Besides, I’ve not ever found someone who can keep up with me, and I won’t settle for less. No one should settle for less. 🙂

  • Sky-Byte-Haiku

    This whole sequence has really piqued my interest in Tsunami. I hope we get to see some character development with him over the course of the story. I love that he’s not perfect (far from it), in fact for that very reason I relate to Tsunami the most out of all the characters. I feel that his heart is very much in the right place, but he still has serious struggles to overcome, which is something I think a lot of people experience in the course of their lives. Not to say that other folks here don’t have a point: Tsunami is a jerk, no doubt. But I think there’s a lot of potential for a really interesting character arc with him, and I hope we get to see it. He could be a very different person by the end.

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    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fantastic-boyfriends#/story

    really hoping they reach their goal but time is ticking away 🙁

  • Congratulations to the USA! I’m glad such a big milestone has been reached. However, as glad as I am, I have to say I’m having trouble really connecting with it. Maybe it’s because I live on the other side of the world where it hasn’t happened at all yet; maybe it’s because I’m young and far from considering marriage; maybe it’s because I didn’t find out in any particularly exciting way; maybe it’s because it seems too good, too important, too major, too unreal; maybe it’s because I subconciously expected it too much; maybe it’s a mix of all of the above? I don’t know. I’ll let it sink in some more, but I just wish I could be as joyful and excited as some of my peers are already.

    • Jackal

      For me it’s coming in little moments. The initial reaction is, ‘about damn time,’ and then you find yourself talking about two people getting married and you realize you have to specify that they’re a straight couple now, because ‘married’ doesn’t do that anymore, and a small rainbow shoots out of your ass.

      • hahaha, sounds like you have a case of the wereunicorn virus 😉

        But yes, I assume (and hope) that it will become more significant and marvelous as time goes on and as we start experiencing the change around us.

  • moneyfields19

    To be honest, considering the stakes of the curse, it’s probably the smarter move to not write it down.

  • Pikinanou

    It ain’t that easy to break that big guy’s shell…

    • Tsu-Tsu made his shell with adamantium.

      • Terri Sutton

        Ultrantium surely, the non-trademarked version of adamantium.

  • dereule101

    UGH it must be such a chore to be around that guy. Sheer exhaustion. I would just slide off that couch like a hefty bag full of chicken noodle soup if I were sitting there.

  • Jackal

    *angstangstangst*

    Commander and Spooky as amicable exes makes so much fucking sense. And I can’t stop shipping Tsunami and Flyboy. It’s a sickness. But not a really sick sickness, so not for years yet.

  • Paul D’Arbonne

    Sigh… poor Gordon. Always saddens me when I see someone who can’t open up. Mainly cause I used to be that way. It’s tough when you have some scarily strong inner demons.

  • davefragments

    I plan to get lots of things done during my LEAP SECOND at midnight – – half a blink, part of a breath and a heartbeat, maybe two if I’m excited.

  • davefragments

    And, the USA Women’s team is going into the Finals of the Soccer World Cup. YAY!

    • I saw the second half. Pretty exciting game!! Our ladies were playing their asses off.

      • davefragments

        I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I just cheer them on and I can’t stand to watch soccer on TV. However, ever since a few years ago and that one big win and last year’s great performance, I do cheer them on, wholeheartedly.

        • Ha! I rarely watch myself, but I’m like you wholeheartedly cheering them on. I just happened to catch the second half and so watched while I was cutting vegetables for my dogs’ dinner. They eat better than I do.

  • Michael

    Hello all, can’t camp today. Assignments to work on.

    Grading Week at kung fu is off to a flying start, I’m looking forward to the level 3s on Saturday as there are about 5 or 6 of them, and they’re all really colourful characters.

    Enjoy the camp, I’ll try to catch up tonight.

  • Ninhursag

    I like how Spooky puts his hand right back on Kyle’s neck, lol.