110. Eternal Flame, page posted 4/9/21

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Eternal Flame — Page 27

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Comment ID #13090

So no cheating, just falling out of love? Still traumatic for Mike, but more tame than expected.

Fiver26  

Comment ID #13091

WELP, THERE IT IS. He's gonna lose his mind

Lady Indigo  

Comment ID #13092

Kay so im actually really happy with this outcome!

I know everyone was expecting cheating etc and I kept hearing the creators saying sandy doesn't have a mean bone in her body! So the fact that she feels she's attracted to someone else and feels guilty over it cause of mike, well it shows some character depth (she's not perfect and is capable of being mean of course) she just mever screamed cheater to me

CartoonFanatic  

Comment ID #13240

I’m really glad she isn’t cheating too, her behavior up until this was definitely pointing to her being unfaithful... but it would have been such a horrible gut punch for him, and a little out of character with her previously demonstrated kind nature. She hasn’t been great to Mike, but it’s a relief she didn’t go that far and is coming clean before she did!!

Michelle M.  

Comment ID #13241

I agree! Everyone was saying cheating, but I figured that she was just trying to slowly phase out Mike and hoping he'd get the hint. I guess she was too afraid to officially break up with him, especially since she's not sure if her feelings for this other person will go anywhere, and was banking on the distance to do it for them.

Meowtcha  

Comment ID #13242

uh oh wuh oh

Airy Frith  

Comment ID #13243

my longest yeah boy EVER thank GOD we're finally getting somewhere

JHC  

Comment ID #13244

I’ve never clicked on a page so fast 😳

Sounds like everyone who called Sandy being involved or interested in another guy was right on the money!!!!!

No further comments from me right now, I can’t wait to see more lmao!

Michelle M.  

Comment ID #13245

Oof

kurris  

Comment ID #13246

Simultaneously super satisfying and also pulling some empathy from me. What a build up!

deino.graeae  

Comment ID #13247

LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Coke  

Comment ID #13248

oh maishul, if only there was someone out there who loved you

Airy Frith  

Comment ID #13249

💯

The Masterpiece  

Comment ID #13250

Key word: loved. I really doubt that certain someone would ever fall for Mike again

HMan0199  

Comment ID #13251

Huge oof

Im kinda glad its not cheating but still devestating for mike. Like other ppl said, its probably that francis she kept mentioning in model girlfriend.

Justin N.  

Comment ID #13252

Wow, if that were the case, that would be a really nice detail that I didn't even notice. Now I gotta check that chapter out again

Gabby  

Comment ID #13253

I knew it and mike pushed everyone away just for her and shes ganna leave him

Brittany ann  

Comment ID #13254

*shouts from the back* "break uuUUUPPP!"

TheRedMaiden  

Comment ID #13255

I still feel like a big component is that Sandy realized she and Mike aren't that compatible after she came to visit and they had their date...even if there wasn't another person, I'd like to see Sandy have that conversation with Mike.

CeCe  

Comment ID #13256

Tbh I think that was why she was so bitchy when she vistited about Mike's interests? She was comparing, and Mike wasn't like the guy she has interest in...

Silver-the-wyrm  

Comment ID #13257

I got the vibe during that chapter that she was getting frustrated because she was hoping they'd be compatible but increasingly saw for herself that they simply are not. And having to face that unhappy reality brought out some ugly behavior from her.

Jordan Thompson  

Comment ID #13258

Aw bud. Super sucks that you've ruined literally every friendship you've got for this but it'll be a life lesson. At least you didn't learn this by the time you went to college and the distance got worse

simplygastly  

Comment ID #13259

THE BOMB IS HEREEEE

Bailey Scott  

Comment ID #13260

THERE it is

Jonah Sanville (firelight_waltz)  

Comment ID #13261

Ohhhh, poor Micheal, please go to someone to talk to or someone you trust enough to talk to (Lucy or Paulo)

NasaExploration  

Comment ID #13262

Unfortunately he successfully pushed both those people away. :C

Nevyn Dunphy  

Comment ID #13263

Anddddddddddddddd that’s true

NasaExploration  

Comment ID #13264

At least Paulo, he gonna understand Mike, I hope

NasaExploration  

Comment ID #13265

I think we know that if Mike apologized to Paulo and was vulnerable with him, Paulo would be there for him. He's a good friend, better than Mike deserves rn.

Mary Tacoroni  

Comment ID #13266

MY CHEST OMG JEEZ

M. L. Scotland  

Comment ID #13267

Poor Mike. How many times is he going to reap the consequences of learning that being a doormat literally gets you nothing in life.

Nevyn Dunphy  

Comment ID #13268

Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch no matter how much of a jerk you are, this must hurt like hell. Huge important lesson to Mike, he went to defend a girl that was not there for him, giving up friends and possibly a more stable relationship with Lucy. Now, all that is worth absolutely nothing. This deserves an F (the press F for respect, not the bad grade F)

F

Dayo Gonzales  

Comment ID #13269

Nah, Mike deserves an F in both regards, tbh

HMan0199  

Comment ID #13270

*entire classroom turns around* Say the line, Sandy!

"I think... I like... someone else."

*entire classroom cheers*

Jim Avery  

Comment ID #13271

that's an oofie ouchie owie!

Pxrvis  

Comment ID #13272

The way this page is illustrated and paced is So Good

Jyris  

Comment ID #13273

She still strung him along for half a year or more and never thought to talk to him about it.

Just thought it would be fine to ignore him and string him along while she figures it out.

TinaRiva  

Comment ID #13274

She was certainly being immature, but I guess that kind of comes in the territory of this being a first relationship. She kept saying that Mike is so nice and while she probably cares about him, they're just not compatible. If they had to see each other in person every day, she probably would've said something, but I think she was hoping that by becoming more distant, it would naturally just make them break away. Unfortunately, that just made Mike cling on to her harder.

Meowtcha  

Comment ID #13275

Well then, looks like Sandy couldn't handle LDR which is not surprising there. Looks like Mike is going to see the harsh truth that young relationships don't last.

Michelle  

Comment ID #13276

I think it was less that "young relationships don't last" and more "your infatuation was superficial"? Like what did they actually have? It was an elementary school crush that they held onto for FAR TOO LONG.

Silver-the-wyrm  

Comment ID #13277

Emi Koizumi

it's so sad because even a few pages back she was still trying to claim that she loves him. And i think she does love him in her own way. Just not the same way as Mike feels towards her...

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Comment ID #13278

Sandy Route Bad End

LemonSourHero  

Comment ID #13279

"So a girl hundreds of miles away is more important than me?" I'm sure he'll regret the answer he gave her

Emi Koizumi  

Comment ID #13280

That's rough buddy.

William Hoffman  

Comment ID #13281

Yeah. No sympathy, honestly. Like, this sucks - But this is a natural part of growing up. You grow into different people, and that's... Just how that is.

BadChemistry  

Comment ID #13282

i literally paid for this patreon because i already KNEW deep down in my heart what this page was gonna be but i had to see it NOW... i have no regrets

Aria  

Comment ID #13283

Now that you have tasted the fruit of early pages, good luck ever leaving... hue hue hue XD

Silver-the-wyrm  

Comment ID #13284

Same

ChibiDeathAngel  

Comment ID #13285

3rd

nalem  

Comment ID #13286

"Didn't I tell you I was leaving?" Oh dear, after this page, that phrase doesn't read favourably...!

That being said, this development is interesting. After all, Mike did absolutely EVERYTHING to hammer down his feelings for Lucy while being involved with Sandy. Now here's Sandy admitting to the one thing he was afraid of for *himself*. How will this play out now?

Ryuko DragonHalf  

Comment ID #13287

Exactly. I bet he will blow up saying something along the lines of "Do you have any idea how dedicated I am to you, how loyal I've been?"

Justin Seifert  

Comment ID #13288

Nico

LET'S GOOOOOOO

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Comment ID #13289

OH SHIT THERE IT IS

JustaSuta  

Comment ID #13290

i honestly had a feeling she was thot-ing for a second there...turns out i was right!

(there's a high chance she's playing with both micheal and the other dudes hearts right now)

MoreloMorelo  

Comment ID #13291

FINALLY, SANDY. I'm not even upset with her for it, outside of I wish she'd had the spine to be honest with him much earlier. Mike's enduring obsession with her is super unhealthy for both of them and would be even if they were still in similar places in life. It's never a good scenario when one person puts another on a pedestal the way Mike has always done to her. It gets worse considering it started when they were kids--Mike has never given himself the freedom to evolve from how he felt when he was a freaking third grader, and always assumed she never would either--and that their lives are on totally different trajectories. Of course Sandy has changed since she was a literal child, and part of that comes with change of taste in romantic partners. She hasn't handled all this as well as she should have but again, they're kids, and there's no easy way to let down someone who has been openly worshiping the idea of you almost his entire life.

I'm biased because obviously I like Sandy, I've liked her ever since To The Top, and I'm glad to see my girl finally getting the courage to do what I suspect she knew she needed to do a long time ago.

Jordan Thompson  

Comment ID #13292

And there’s that shoe!

Steven Pope  

Comment ID #13293

Cue him arguing about how loyal he has been and how he has sacrificed friendships because of that.

Justin Seifert  

Comment ID #13294

HEHEHEHE HOHOHOHO

Spaghetti Sandwich  

Comment ID #13295

So two things...

The "The Second When His Heart Rips In Half" Meme: https://youtu.be/yoD6j2V774E

Followed
by this meme in Mike? https://youtu.be/wXe2DN6quMg

Although
reading it again, it must hit even harder, considering how she delivered it. "It's not that I'm busy." Which sort of indicates that she realized (Or finally realizes, but I'm betting on the former) that she was ghosting him with almost never responding, I mean even a late text is better than *no* text really. Shows that you care enough to at least respond, even if it's with some Sorry for missing it followed by a string of emojis.

Akkarri  

Comment ID #13296

So how long till Mike's eyes transforms like Lucy's?

https://i.ibb.co/2cFKP3R/Image7.png

MyOwnPatreonShow  

Comment ID #13297

Looks like Mike’s going through his own December now. I feel for him, hearing that someone no longer cares for you the same way is terribly rough.

Robust  

Comment ID #13298

Well damn. I mean everyone was thinking that was it but I thought maybe there’d be another kind of twist.

Bridget Kelly  

Comment ID #13299

You know, when I think about what Mike likes about Sandy, I find myself thinking of Madam Zeroni from Holes.

"I love her, she's so beautiful."

"So is a flower pot!"

Seriously though, Sandy's "niceness" has always struck me as a surface level, selfish kind of thing. I don't think she's some kind of evil scheming manipulative bitch, but she's pretty self absorbed. She's happy to be all pleasant and sweet when things are going her way but is quick to throw a tantrum or just starting crying and going, "Why are you so mean~" when challenged. I don't she intends to hurt Mike with her behavior, but it's much easier for her to just ghost him than be honest. I don't like her, but I appreciate how her character is written.

Powered By Flannel  

Comment ID #13300

And The other shoe drops. Looks like Micheal's World could be Shattering like Stained Glass.

Anthony Shelton  

Comment ID #13301

......whelp

Morriwolf  

Comment ID #13302

BUM BUM BUMMMM!!!!

SCD  

Comment ID #13303

And he's left standing there, wearing the scarf that she gave him.

Dave Ostroske  

Comment ID #13304

Ha! I didn't think about that! His blue one from Lucy is ruined, and Sandy took the striped one Tess gave him. I wonder if he'll continue wearing it.

TheRedMaiden  

Comment ID #13305

I was betting on something darker and I'm actually VERY relieved to see this outcome. Some of her previous reactions still struck me as... not normal? Like, if they seemed to come from some trauma. But these don't need to be because of abuse (as I thought) but because of her constant pressure. I actually hope she liking this somebody else is the whole truth and there's nothing dark behind.

Anyways, I like Sandy. Her stringing him along was awfully selfish but fits her age and character. She didn't do it because she is mean but because she was confused. She is still, we can tell. I don't think she's lying when she says she loves Mike. But I do think she is, as any teenager, learning what different feelings look like.

Catcata  

Comment ID #13306

I knew she was interested in somone else, thankfully she hasn't seeming acted on it, but she's been absolutely awful to him either way, stringing him along and ignoring him. Mike has been awful, but no one deserves this.

Fox  

Comment ID #13307

🎵I can see clearly now. The rain has gone🎵

Heimdal  

Comment ID #13308

This music is perfect for Mike's death stare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7FNFOFjar0

SCD  

Comment ID #13309

I’m just thinking about her looking at him that kinda way before kissing him and then crying like she was wishing it was someone else oof

MONICA GOLD  

Comment ID #13310

Was she just going to gradually ghost him?? Did she seriously think that would solve the problem? I figured she was cheating, so I suppose this isn't as bad

Katie W  

Comment ID #13311

As much as Sandy likes to pretend she is a grown-up she is still childish in many ways. During her last trip she got a huge wakeup call, and that was she and Mike are not compatible. Sandy still cares about him and as she puts it he's "A really nice" guy, but I guess she figured that if they both aren't really clicking in person if maybe she steps back they'd naturally just break up.

The situation is extremely awkward for Sandy. Since they were kids she's only seen him twice, even though they've been dating for years. During her last visit she got to meet Mike's friends, have dinner with his family etc. This adds a lot of pressure on Sandy. I mean, Mike already places her on a pedestal. A week or two later to say "Yeah, no, wasn't feeling it." is certainly not something she felt comfortable doing, especially considering there wasn't anything really WRONG. They've just grown up to be different people.

I guess she wanted the distance to do the job for her but it made Mike just cling on to her harder.

Meowtcha  

Comment ID #13312

UH OH BROS

Zenkuo  

Comment ID #13313

I wonder if she's sugarcoating here.

Neil E. Hodges  

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