48. Pick Me Up, chapter posted 3/31/09

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Pick Me Up — Page 3
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Author commentary

Veronica: Just to set the record straight, this chapter was initially written as a side story that I wouldn’t publish online. In the original sketch, this page is where the story began. After deciding to make it all canon, I added the two previous pages to show how the argument started and why.

People think Mike’s become more of a jerk, but what kind of jerk deals with the same awkwardness since the age of five? Someone with the patience of a GOD.

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Reader comments

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Comment ID #2587

Pedo-Phill was right the whole time.
And you never once sang for him, either (on-screen, anyways).

waffle911 April 4, 2010, 8:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #4781

Thank GOD Mike just said it.

Also, I love this author.

KSib April 16, 2010, 9:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #9349

Zachy warned her and it was only a matter of time before Mike would explode. I know Lucy has problems exprecing how she really feels but honestly…. what did she expect?

Standard April 27, 2010, 7:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #9541

mikie is a *******, really why else would a girl go thro all that trouble to pick a fight? stupid man

bored April 28, 2010, 5:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #10212

Mike looks like that floating Psychic pokemon at the last panel. Pink and white, floaty… what was it?

Calvin April 29, 2010, 9:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #12589


I think you mean Mew.

justmerg May 2, 2010, 1:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #24622

tbh mike has been more selfish,doing good things and hoping to get something out of it for himself

that is truly selfish.

Idiot May 20, 2010, 2:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #26626

‘Your’ definition of selfish tells me ‘you’ should remind yourself more often that this is a comic, ‘Idiot’.

Generic Black Guy May 24, 2010, 8:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #26650

well,i was going to correct myself,but the edit button was gone so D:
dont get so butthurt D:

also you don’t make any sense,this being a webcomic has nothing to do with what i said

idiot May 24, 2010, 9:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #30352


Hannibal May 28, 2010, 10:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #39875

@bored: I actually pick fights on a daily basis purely for the sake of quarreling. Don’t knock it till you try it.

Rock Kenaro June 8, 2010, 6:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #39878

Lol generic black guy is a moron

Jennifer Reed June 8, 2010, 6:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #42883

He is also Black

Timothy Barbelo June 12, 2010, 5:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #42891

And he is also a total idiot.

Dr.John June 12, 2010, 6:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #56719

to the dark side we go

Aly July 7, 2010, 10:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #60116

@ Idiot
While the way he talks now-he’s saying he “deserves better”; however, he doesn’t “expect” anything from Lucy. ;D…which may be worse b/c it means he feels that at this point Lucy may be a bad person, wherea’s in the beggining of the comic he defends her by saying everyone else doesn’t know her. So, “He of all people” should understand her-but no, he’s annoyed, though he does partially get it..he’s just tired of her isolationism+act(which is am attempt to protect herself), as he says.

Random July 16, 2010, 2:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #60565

Thank GOD! I’ve been waiting on this, I love it when Mike puts people in their place.

Kori July 17, 2010, 5:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #66153

I cant say sinse the age of 5 but i have a friend im very close to that’s like Lucy for the last 9 years. Our relationship is odd, we come to heads often and i usually cop all kinds of insults from her and thanks to her i have a much higher pain tolerance but iv always been there for her, some one to talk to, a friend even when her other friends arnt there for her. She was there before my first relationship and took a back seat during it and was thankfully still there when it went south. How ever i will admit over the last couple of years iv felt more than friendship for her ….

Any way goddamn it mike, ima hurt you something fierce, i know i know its a character but goddamn ima punch him in the face.

Anim3Fr33K July 28, 2010, 6:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #66399

I know how Mike feels and I’ve seen this coming from miles away and I was waiting for Mike to finally snap. Lucy should not have tried to pick a fight with Mike.

Ark July 29, 2010, 2:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #67511

soooo much drama wheres david o and he totally burned lucy

j the fourth July 30, 2010, 3:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #69247

Youch… Just say it already Lucy!

Skykitsune August 3, 2010, 7:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #72328

And so, Mike finally told Lucy what he really thinks about her…

Leonmaster August 9, 2010, 9:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #73162

Ouch! Critical hit, Mike!

RyuPuma August 11, 2010, 10:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #80913

I feel bad for both of them…early on it was obvious that Mike did care for Lucy but yea …she treats him like CRAP all the time. It’s harsh but what did she expect would happen? *sigh*

Manwithnoname August 24, 2010, 1:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #99332

Oh wow o.o ….. I KNEW MIKE WAS GONNA EXPLODE FROM LUCY’S JERK-NESS AT SOME POINT D= …. But sadly, the timing couldn’t be worse than this -.- .. I mean srsly, Lucy was ACTUALLY about to admit her feelings D: that’s rarer than a legendary!

Insert Name Here October 2, 2010, 6:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #104422

Oh Mike… And i thought i was like you… You are so immature and weak… Letting rage controll your ways… *sigh* I guess it’s a given, i identify on a part of everyone not completely on anyone, since Mike just started to let himself be an *** by letting rage win…

Luio October 13, 2010, 4:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #110142

people just don’t get Mike.
He had to put up with Lucy… for a long time.
He’s right to try to teach her some kindness.

Lyucs October 24, 2010, 2:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #123982


wery12345 November 12, 2010, 1:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #128776

He’s reached his breaking point. Oh well!

Like Paulo with Tess, he’ll come crawling back eventually. He’s much too nice. Wouldn’t have made those promises and saved her life if he wasn’t.

Chin up, mates!

SushiJaguar November 18, 2010, 7:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #132098

I don’t understand how we call mike a jerk if he just lost his patience after 1.23 e 15 years of lucy being a babatchkins….. he is still waiting for that sammich

lolwut November 23, 2010, 4:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #142952

Monster Mike compared to Lucy in panel 5

Sandvich January 19, 2011, 8:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #144978

Mikes no monster, hell who ELSE would put up with her crap that long?! I mean DANG just cut it OUT lucy enough is enough! How polite can you expect someone to be for like 10 years of foolishness?!

Sam February 1, 2011, 4:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #146203

mikie hurt lucy’s feelings…….. MIKE YOUR MEAN SOMETIMES!! …. and so is lucy…. but…. OH YOU ALL KNOW WHAT I MEAN! X DD

Random Stalker Ninja Girl February 9, 2011, 1:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #146447

*Twang*! *Arrow through the heart*

Jack February 9, 2011, 8:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #152445

This is one of my favourite pages so far, just because Mike hands Lucy a real big plate of realization, or what I should call it. It’s only about that much a person can take being nice and helpful and not getting much for it. I recognize some of myself in this as well. Maybe Lucy will get a real thinker about how she has been treating him.

Amy March 18, 2011, 9:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #157234

my personal opinion is that they’re BOTH at fault here. mike could have handled that much better, and should have put his foot down YEARS ago. However lucy should not have been so abusive to him. On the other hand mike understands her issues and should just talk to her honestly about them

Cody-Lynn April 17, 2011, 7:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #157878

Die in a rotten sack you pathetic excuse for a feline try hard (Mike) Mad Lucy

Cholleca April 21, 2011, 2:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #158340

finally… 8-D

French April 24, 2011, 2:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #159631

*holds up cross to monitor* BE GONE!!! Be gone evil scarf!… We can all agree we liked “blue scarf” Mike WAAAY better than “yellow and orange scarf” Mike

yellowfox780 May 1, 2011, 11:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #160533

Mike: 1 pm- time to broke Lucy heart

Beatigul black gold May 9, 2011, 8:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #161403

He decides he doesn’t want to put up with being abused, yelled at and mocked by Lucy and grows the balls to tell her to quit it, and now hes the bad guy? :/
Hes just got a lot of pent up anger, I’d snap too if I kept it in for like ten years…I’m sure anyone else would too :P

Sandvich May 16, 2011, 3:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #162480

Mike isn’t the bad guy…he just could’ve handled telling Lucy that so much better than he did. What he should’ve done was put his foot down years ago. But he never did. Now, Lucy is solely dependent on him and everything he does.

NintendoSegaSonyGuy May 21, 2011, 3:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #163517

this chapter kinda breaks my hearts and makes me cry… why’d mike have to meet sandy…

cottonball May 26, 2011, 8:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #167431

Mike uses “Tell it like it is”.

*Lucy goes down 90 realization points*

It’s super effective!

Ven June 16, 2011, 5:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #175635

I love this page so much…

Flara August 4, 2011, 9:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #178663

FINALLY, HE SAYS IT! Stupid Lucy. She’s easily the most childish in the whole comic.

David August 25, 2011, 9:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #181040

Lucy!! You just ****ed up your chance! :nope:

PURPLZ September 8, 2011, 1:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #185101

Spoiler: he gets totally sick of it.

Luigifan October 11, 2011, 8:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #193357

I miss the Mike that cared for Lucy D’:

AmberPhoenix November 25, 2011, 2:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #198701


Invader December 10, 2011, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #203515

Now that I think about it… Mike is right. I’d be annoyed if it started in like grade 2 and went on for like 6 whole years. Did you see the cover on the book in page 1? hahaha

RanmaSaotome December 29, 2011, 1:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #203630

I totally agree with Mike. I’d be super annoyed if Lucy would keep making fun of me after saving her like 5 times.

Gamer_of_da_year December 30, 2011, 3:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #204406

Tess was a bully too, Mike. A real bully. The only reason Lucy acts the way she does is because she’s trying to mask her real feelings for you.

Why is Mike so quick to forgive Tess and Daisy but not Lucy?
I’ll say it again: Mike is partially responsible for Lucy’s fear. Lucy was the one who risked her life to rescue him when perfectly capable people stood by and let him drown. Oh yeah, and when the beatdown in the alleyway happened, I’m pretty sure it was Lucy who was there protecting you, even after receiving a lot of abuse.

You need to stop Mike. She doesn’t deserve all of your angst. :/ :(

New Girl January 4, 2012, 1:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #207839

mikes breaking. point every one has one even me… AT MY GODDAMN SISTER…. she cryies in front of me. mom comes. sees me. blames me. grounding me. FOR NO GOWDDAMN REASON.WTF??? IDIDNT DO ANY THING!!!(happens every day in different ways)

later I go out staring at the night stars. knocking my head on trees draw die ing thins. get a pic of her n burn it. an hour later I’m perfectly fine.

shaze February 4, 2012, 1:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #213106

Oh Mike. You idiot. You foolish *******. Clearly, you never heard of a tsundere.

ScrabMaster March 31, 2012, 3:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #225621

I. So. Totally. Agree. With. Mike.

I always thought that i was the only one who didn’t particularly feel sorry for Lucy, now it turns out Mike agrees with me! :D Really, Mike has had eternal patience to keep up with all that for YEARS and I think he’s just sick of it right now. TIME TER CHANGE THAT ACT OF YERS LUCY! Mad Lucy

Fudge August 16, 2012, 7:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #234608

I agree with Mike. Lucy is incredibly selfish. Afterall, only an incredibly selfish person would throw themselves in a river in an attempt to save you (even though they had no idea how to swim) and almost drown themselves in the process. Only someone as selfish as Lucy would risk their life protecting you from a group of muggers whose trap you wandered into by acting arrogant and cocksure. For the love of god, the woman has come this close to death (and on one occasion being raped) trying to save your a** after you f*** up and you call her selfish? If anyone’s selfish and ungrateful it’s you Mike. You use a lack of romantic availability as an excuse to ignore the feelings of the people around you basically using Sandy, the woman you claim to love, as a social escape mechanism. You claim to be a nice guy but it seems that you only act “nice” when doing so is in your best interest. Then, when things get down, you use your previous “nice” actions as argumentative leverage completely ignoring the selfless things others have done for you. Not only are you selfish and ungrateful, you’re inconsiderate and egocentric. Stop making yourself out to be the victim of some great cruelty. Lucy never really hurt you and you know it. You may have a vitrolic friendship with her but when the chips are down Lucy’s proved time and again that she’ll stick up for you and protect you when others won’t or can’t. To paraphrase something Paulo once said, you’ve totally gone “full douche.”

In short, Mike, you suck. :smirk:

Nicolas December 24, 2012, 11:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #236142

The patience of a god huh? As far as I know, my patience is pretty close to that. I think it’s because I was taught that fighting doesn’t solve everything, so I only get violent as a last resort, especially because most of those I know could probably beat me up pretty easily if they wanted to. Let’s just say, sometimes I feel like I put up with a lot when I’m around friends. I just deal with it and laugh along. Then again, I never had to save someone’s life like that. XD

I'll Eat Yourself January 8, 2013, 7:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #236143

Oh yeah, and my initial thoughts of this one were “Oooohhhhh he hit a soft spot.”

I'll Eat Yourself January 8, 2013, 7:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #240321

And she didn’t take him seriously… so he took her down for good.

thedragon133 March 6, 2013, 12:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #243139

to be fair on Lucy’s behalf, Mike always acted like he DID have the patience of GOD so all these little mood swings in volume two just make him seem kind of two faced

SimonD April 16, 2013, 8:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #267708

Aw man, mike is such a ******** in this >.<
Lucy does not deserve this imo.

Tails November 25, 2013, 7:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #269647

Look to December. Tell me if that’s putting someone in their place.
Look in the previous chapter. He ignored her for years because of some girl who left him when he was nine, and they were never even dating.
Admit it, Mike was being an ******* in these past few chapters. Admit it, it was abrupt and rude and insensitive for him to suddenly be so jerky to her after she just found out that he was alive. He’s not “putting her in her place.” He’s making her feel like ****. :nope:

Parasite December 9, 2013, 11:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #271766

They say that «Nice people can be pushed quite far, to their limits, but make sure you don’t pass those limits. Because the nicest people are also the scariest people when they’re angry».

Also he’s right about what he’s saying. He has protected Lucy for the longest time, and Lucy is treating him badly.

Sambo January 5, 2014, 5:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #299503

She knew what happened to Daisy. She should have known this is what he’d do

An Asexual May 30, 2015, 7:43 PM EST.

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