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Comment ID #210514

I still can’t tell if she’s dead or not, but I’m hoping she’s okay and just in an asylum or rehab or something.

That girl February 27, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #210515

Phew. For a few days I thought Abby’s mom had died.

EDIT. I’m sorry, but looking at this page again somehow makes me laugh. It’s just- Abby’s sweater. He still hasn’t taken it off.

ANOTHER EDIT. I still don’t understand exactly what Souppy has beaten us all to.

Melinda February 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210516

poor ABBEY

Grace February 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210517

…Damn… Go back….

Mayonaka February 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210518

Those stairs are nice

Swag February 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210519

First Yar

Honk February 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210520

Yay she’s not dead. That might turn out worse though.

Awe February 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210521

Oh my, I love the transition of the last two panels <3

Skygaze February 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210522

oh foo, beat to the punch by people with better interwebz

Honk February 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210523

Ohh, I love the perspective in the last panel.

Shelbykins February 27, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #210524

At least she isn’t dead, but whats the real catch?

Bosa February 27, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #210525

Melty stairs? How so? The only issue I see with the stairs is how they appear in the last and 2nd to last panel. The way their presented in one is completely off compared to the other (can go either way)

kdebones February 27, 2012, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #210526

Oh thank goodness, she’s alive! Abbey must be really anxious to want to get this over in one day though, it’s probably for Molly, right?

Subaru February 27, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #210527

Oh she’s not dead thank god, so does that mean she’s in some mental clinic? Or worse?

Sam February 27, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #210528

It seems to me that she’s dead and they plan to visit her grave. Abbey seems too indifferent for her to still be kicking.

Richthofen February 27, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #210529

I’m only going back for my mother?

She’s still with his father… isn’t she? :(

Jimmy Noir February 27, 2012, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #210530

i can never make it to first! Oh yeah the story, right. He looks really upset about going though. Whyyyy.

Drew February 27, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #210531

It’s her grave, isn’t it?
I bet it’s her grave.
We should ask the Grim Reaper if we can trade Mike for Abbey’s mom.

:D February 27, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #210532

Finding out where your long-lost mother is and having the chance to meet her is no excuse to be rude Abbey.

Ace February 27, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #210533

Abbey is rather interesting. He might bring himself to confront his father at some point though, he should. Not to say it’s easy, but he wouldn’t be doing himself a favour continuing with his plan of only meeting his mother; you can’t just confront one part of your past. Maybe one step at a time, but life comes back at you, and sometimes not as bad as you would think.

The Swimmer February 27, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #210534

Mmmm thank God for some happy news!!! The stairs are looking super fine Taeshi! Any clues as to what he doesn’t want? Why not stay the night?

Here’s a thought though.. I know I wouldn’t want to.. But what about his father? He’s a jerk but I agree with the above! He can’t just avoid seeing his father. It will happen eventually. Maybe not in this chapter though…

Serge February 27, 2012, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #210536


Randommoron5 February 27, 2012, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #210537

Hmm… I honestly don’t know what to say about this page. There’s nothing really worth note going on. Abby’s response seems perfectly reasonable, basically “I just want to see my mother and go, no need to stick around and make it dramatic”. Perfectly reasonable.
“I’m only going back for my mother”
That implys that there’s someone else living with his mother.
God damnit Abby’s mom, if your still with Abby’s dad…
And of course there was a jump-cut so we don’t have a definitive awnser.
When will the cliff hangers end?!
Also, I’m not shure what you mean by melty stairs. The ones in panel five look a little wonky, but that’s just because they appear huge. The big ones in the last panel curve a little, but that would just be perspective. I think.

Curtisimo February 27, 2012, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #210538

Seeing Janet so many times in a row just make me wonder what the others parents do. Do they have a club or something? Like that one club with all th’ side characters? Yeah? No?

Kay I’ll shaddap now…

DeVry & Whiskers February 27, 2012, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #210539

Well, I really don’t know what to say. It feels almost like someone is making every comic page a cliffhang—… Oh, wait. That’s ‘exactly’ what’s happening, isn’t it? Still loved the page though.
Edit: Oh, and my bet is on the mom being ‘Cat’atonic. Get it? Cat… oh gods, I’m making a joke about domestic abuse. I don’t think I’ll ever feel clean inside again.
Edit of an Edit: Or, of course, she could somehow be in prison. Don’t know how, but it is possible (Maybe she beat the father to the punch, or rather, the lamp! Hahaha… haha… ha…. Yep, I’m going to hell for sure.).

CynicaIdealist February 27, 2012, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #210540

Hmn…? Why is he being so abrasive about this situation, you’d think he would be glad to know of his mothers whereabouts? What’s he hiding?

starfighter105 February 27, 2012, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #210541

I’m thinking she is dead. He is only going back to for his mother. This could mean to see her grave. Considering that they haven’t heard from her in years.

Synyen February 27, 2012, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #210542



and chirpy’s mom is dead.

Kaxbe February 27, 2012, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #210543

*Phew* Thank goodness that my perception on what happens to Abbey’s mom were completely off, at least she is alive and well by the sounds of it.

Darf14 February 27, 2012, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #210544

that’s true, it’s probably why Abbey isn’t in a good mood

:) February 27, 2012, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #210545

Well…hopefully this visit will provide some kind of closure for Abbey

Iris February 27, 2012, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #210546

… Darn. Wow, this has been… intense. I’m genuinely curious.

RavenHeart98 February 27, 2012, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #210547


Mayonaka February 27, 2012, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #210548

I really love the eyes in panel four! They make up for melty-stairs.

Levy February 27, 2012, 12:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #210549

It’ll be a gravestone. IT’LL BE A *BLEEP* GRAVESTONE

Guyvaan February 27, 2012, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #210550

The way he said it…is there something more to this situation?

Avory February 27, 2012, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #210551

Lookie what I made.
Its a BCB animation

Drew February 27, 2012, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #210552

YAY SHES NOT DEAD!!!!!! i cant wait to see the rest of this chapter, and taeshi, could you pretty please high-five Souppy for me? 8-D

Neila078 February 27, 2012, 12:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #210553

still hate abby and love the BCB animation BTW

krewl12 February 27, 2012, 12:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #210554

dads in prison right? she’s not back together with him is she?

Jester February 27, 2012, 12:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #210555

Thank you Souppy. <3 You lovely thing you. “Okay…”

Now this is interesting. She’s alive. And hopefully well? I have a bad feeling she’s like…in a mental institution or something. .__. I’m not looking forward to seeing the state she’s in because the feeling of this chapter is going to be filled with drama (well of course it’s BCB |D).

Guh, lovely as well. And I LIKE your stairs, Taeshi. :D -Licks them- <3

Yaschiri February 27, 2012, 12:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #210556

omg epic forshadow pannel 7

kagura February 27, 2012, 12:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #210557

I think I’m just being pessimistic but what if by seeing her they mean seeing her grave? :unsure:

TheySeeMeTrolling February 27, 2012, 12:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #210558

You know, everyone thinks Abbey should confront his father. I don’t see why he should. Like Abbey my dad was abusive to my mum, then to me when she left him. I haven’t spoken to him in seven years. Sometimes it can be easier to cut the bad things from your past rather than continue dealing with them.

Sammy February 27, 2012, 12:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #210559

Going to ‘see her’ could just as well be referring to going to her grave to pray. We’re not in the clear yet.

Esquire Fox February 27, 2012, 1:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #210560

Wow. .Poor Abbey. .

After some thinking,looking over the last few pages and also reading some comments,im going to bet that it’s her gravestone.
Thats what im sensing this is leading too. .It’ll be a nice twist but still sad.
The stairs are very nice by the way Taeshi,awesome page. c:

The “Okay. .” page Souppy made,made my day,ha.

NightFaller February 27, 2012, 1:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #210561

I can see why he might not exactly want to see her but still want to at the same time.

It’s the same with me (sort of). I met my mother for the first time last year in March. I really wanted to meet this strange person that was an object of fixation for me as I grew up. Wondering where she was, what she looked like, what kind of person she was. Abbey, knew most of this already though. But it’s the rest of it that makes me really understand.

Once I found her, it dawned on me that she never once tried to find me. She had the resources to do so. However, growing up, I did not have the same for her. So, I found myself asking. Why? Why had she not come to find me? To see me at all? Or at least call?

So last March as my sister drove me to our mother’s house, (I had also just met all the siblings on my mother’s side. I had traveled to meet them all. I had met them all a year before and got to call them and stuff. -yes, my mother didn’t ever call me during this time once contact had been established- ) So yes, I finally arrived at my mothers house.

I wanted to leave even before I walked through the door. What was I doing? She didn’t care about me. The proof was the lack of contact from her.

Long story short (sorry, I ramble.) I think that maybe Abbey is feeling the same way. After a few hours, Abbeys adopted mother finds his biological mother. His biological mother could have put in the same effort to see her own children but didn’t.

He probably feels abandoned by her and is keeping himself distanced from it while also taking care of this for his little sister.

>___> I also just realized that I am going in depth to the feelings of a web comic character… xD

Sorry for the wall of text but I had to explain where my own thoughts came from!!! >.

Melly February 27, 2012, 1:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #210562

I bet for psychiatry.

Great move, Suitcase. Now just a “You don’t say” and my teenage-cats-and-dogs-life would be complete.

Naity February 27, 2012, 1:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #210563

grrrrrr stretchy stretchy

bobo February 27, 2012, 1:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #210564

Perhaps I am understanding this incorrectly. But judging by the way Abbey is speaking, It leads me to think that his mother, unfortunately returned to a relationship with Abraham.

He had always beaten her in the past, and she stayed loyal. And despite what he did, and that he was cheating on her. She may just have too much difficulty giving it all up.

Only the next two weeks can tell us what really will happen, fun to speculate though!

Fenfir February 27, 2012, 1:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #210565

Hmm. Why doesn’t he want to stay the night? Is he upset? Because I’m not good at reading down to the point. And the stairs are cool.

dangershy February 27, 2012, 1:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #210566

So is she in a mental hospital?

JustSomeCritic February 27, 2012, 2:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #210567

How is Abbey being rude, Ace? This kid has had a lot of psychological trauma. I doubt he’s going to be all butterflies and cupcakes about it.

Look’t me, defending a piece of artwork.

Eeyup February 27, 2012, 2:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #210568

poor abbey. and the stairs look fine(:

123eyesonme February 27, 2012, 2:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #210570

I speculate that she is living in a house where they take care of victims of spouse abuse. Either that or she could still be with Abbey’s father… ashamed and broken inside…

Xenos February 27, 2012, 3:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #210571

damn…were wrong
the stairs are fine,really fine

SGRTC February 27, 2012, 4:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #210572

I don’t comment a lot, but I’m starting to think Abbey’s a character I can relate to & I’ve started to really enjoy getting to read about him more. I was taken away from both of my parents when I was younger & although still in a good relationship with my mother, I have ever the slightest knowledge of my father.

If anything though, I’m placing bets that his mom’s hospitallized for some reason, be it mental issues or physical ones. :unsure:

Foxy Silver February 27, 2012, 4:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #210573

Willing to bet his mother is back with his father.

woobcb February 27, 2012, 4:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #210574

I don’t like Abbey…

Yan February 27, 2012, 4:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #210576

can someone explain me what means “stay the night”? ‘cause the first meaning I get is “staying there for the night”, but since a lot of people says “she is dead and janet is talking about her grave”, I’m a bit confused. I don’t think it’s even allowed to spend a night in a cemetery…
and janet said “would you like to see her tomorrow?”; in my country you don’t say “see someone” meaning “visit his\her grave”.

boh... February 27, 2012, 5:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #210577

Aw man Souppy…

and yet another angsty comic.

Oh Abbey, you look so solemn and serious. WHY SO SERIOUS?

Kiyo February 27, 2012, 6:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #210578

I don’t think his mother is dead. But judging by his reaction to the news, no good could come out of their meeting. After all, she never once attempted to contact either Molly or Abbey and I guess that’s a big reason why Abbey is becoming so distant.

Pinki February 27, 2012, 6:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #210579

Arghhhhh build up! I thought she was already there

XxDELTA 1 1 5Xx February 27, 2012, 6:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #210581

No need to be rude, Abbey. She just found your long-lost mother. You could at least say thank you.

Turtle Hermit February 27, 2012, 7:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #210582

Well… that was a bit rude and thankless on Abbey’s part.

Lunacy February 27, 2012, 7:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #210583

Oh Abbey, you so depressing!

Sonata February 27, 2012, 9:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #210584

I don’t know about Abbey’s mother, why does her (I’m assuming now) ex-husband cheat and abuse her? And I guess Abbey is rude because he is still wondering why she left Abbey and his sister all alone to be fostered by people they don’t know..?

Or are they good friends with Abbey’s parents?

Yorky February 27, 2012, 9:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #210585

Wow, the last image is why I love this comic so much. Taeshi, you have seriously come a long way since the first comics.
When Abby said that he is only going back for his mum, does this mean that abbey’s dad is still there??

Foreveryoung5 February 27, 2012, 10:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #210586

She’s still alive,huh

lov/hate February 27, 2012, 10:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #210587


So she’s alive… That’s good right?

Why are they so sad though?

Zany February 27, 2012, 10:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #210588

So I read the last panel, get an idea, and then find out Souppy stole it *okay face*

Anyway, my money’s on Abbey’s mom still being alive. Why else would they “spend the night,” as some people pointed out?

Oh, and the stairs look great.

Enigggma February 27, 2012, 11:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #210589

Do not be rude to her, Abby !

El Legendario February 27, 2012, 11:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #210590

Cool… :smirk:

minheeworld February 27, 2012, 12:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #210591

Souppy beat us all to it?

Hinochi February 27, 2012, 12:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #210592

Abby don’t be rude gosh :(

Yuki February 27, 2012, 12:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #210593

i think Abbys mom is still with his dad and Abby’s mad cos of it

Yuki February 27, 2012, 12:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #210594

First off I love the star system, real useful and brilliant idea.

Next, I think I know why Abbey is so upset, I have 2 ideas:

1. It might be because she got back together with her husband and Abbey is fed up of her self worth, the fact that she would allow herself to be pushed around by him, perhaps she didn’t contact them and involve them was so that they would be protected from him and he would not strike them as he did to her.

2. She is actually perfectly fine and healing but did not make the effort to contact Abbey and his sister again. This would sure upset me if I knew that my mum was perfectly fine but made no effort to find me.

Either way we know she’s alive, though part of me still goes for the amnesia theory, that she was smacked so hard over the head shes forgotten her past and her kids.

Kitmit February 27, 2012, 2:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #210595

Abbey… ABBEY… Thank god for some good news.

theghost February 27, 2012, 2:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #210596


JLaw February 27, 2012, 2:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #210597

“only for my mother” I don’t think he would say that if she were dead or in a mental hospital like so many people guessed.

It means that either

A) She is back with Aberham.


B) She got some mental help after the incident, met someone else and moved on. She has a new family now and Abbi wants nothing to do with them.

Marissa February 27, 2012, 2:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #210598

I’m viewing this on my iPod touch but it’s not mobile format, it’s the regular version. Anyone know how to switch it back?

XxDELTA 1 1 5Xx February 27, 2012, 2:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #210599

I believe that 2 things could be going on here.
1. That abbeys mom is back with mister Lampy Mc. throw throw :unsure:

2. that abbeys mom already has more children.

or who knows, maybe “Melly” got it right in the top 3 comments and abbey simply feels abandoned. and i dont blame him.

Curcil February 27, 2012, 2:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #210600

@Curcil: Heehee, I was thinking the same thing. :D

Also, I like how you dubbed Aberham “Lampy Mc. throw throw” XD

Marissa February 27, 2012, 3:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #210601

She’s alive!

“leave early, do it in one day.” Hm…I”m assuming that means that Abbey wants to see his mother for a day, rather than a spending the night and (potentially) leaving the next morning.

Seems that perhaps he wants to spend the day with her as long as possible…so it seems.

That’s the hope, at least.

Chocothunda February 27, 2012, 3:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #210602

I enjoy the Souppy version.

A_Rampaging_Hobo February 27, 2012, 3:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #210603

Now, Abbey, GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER!!!!!!! You need tobe happy ou’re mom’s even out there! Mad Lucy
And what about your little sister?
to the author: What happened to Lucy? :question:

Chill(PMD player) February 27, 2012, 3:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #210605

Is it me or Abbey is going to go Die Hard on us……
Yeah it’s just me.

Soul February 27, 2012, 3:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #210606

well, there goes my theory about her being dead, so what does that leave?

well, let’s see, she’s not dead, from the sounds of it she’s not comatose. I think the clue about her current state lies more in abbey’s line more than anything. So, what’s her state, well it sounds like she could be back with the father (it sounds like there is something there that he doesn’t want to be around, right). But wait a minute, wasn’t abbey’s dad in jail, and what about the loss of contact? how did these events occur?

Well, there is multiple ways to explain this but i think the simplest is that abbey’s mom was traumatized or even comatose for a bit. with the father in jail for assault (and probably attempted murder) Abbey and Molly would fall into foster care. “But how is abbey’s dad back?” people may ask. well that’s simple, we have to consider how many years have passed since the events of the seperation.

i’d say abbey was what 10 years old when the event happened, and now he’s roughly 15 or 16 years old so 5 or 6 years have passed. wait that’s too short for an attempted murder charge. Again easily explainable, the prosecution filed the charges under what would stick. if abbey’s mother is unconcious you have only physical evidence to make a charge stick. It’s always easier to make an 1st degree assault charge stick vs an attempted murder charge. 1st degree assault carries a mandatory 10 year prison time, but there have been cases of defendants getting retried and get probation after 5 years.

So, my theory is thus, Abbey’s mom was put into a coma, Abbey’s dad was charged with 1st degree or aggravated assault. Apparently abbey’s mama came to, his dad may have got probation and convinced abbey’s mom to come back to him. now janet’s found her and abbey wants to confront and/or convince her to get away from him. but that’s just my theory, i could be completely off based and totally wrong, that’s just how it seems to me.

strider February 27, 2012, 3:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #210607

or, maybe that last beating gave her a trauma so that she wants to have nothing to do with anything of her past life. so she got another family and that’s why she didn’t try to contact abbey and molly.
could it be like this?

boh... February 27, 2012, 3:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #210608

No matter how much time goes by, I suppose, people know what will and won’t change…

Here’s hoping that something positive happens for Abbey.

(Odd… Why do I feel like I’ve said this before?)

Welgaea February 27, 2012, 4:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #210609

@boh (if that was pointed at me),
i thought about that, but here’s the problem with that logic, Abbey’s attitude and behavior. Abbey seems vindictive and even determined now, but he had no aggressive feelings about the mother before the incident occured and till now we haven’t seen him turn aggressive when talking about her. every time when talking about the past and abbey gets aggressive or vindictive abbey’s father is always involved. So, that’s why i think abbey’s father is either completely involved with this or someone who’s like his father is involved. obviously i’m banking towards the former.

If it was an abandonment issue, abbey’s attitude would be different. he was close to his mother, so his behaviour would be one characteristic of confusion or hurt. however, he was stunned for a little bit, and now is completely determined and focused on something. even the way he looks and “speaks” is a really aggressive look and type of “speech” (i’m referring to the second to last panel), which again leads me to believe the father is involved in this.

strider February 27, 2012, 4:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #210610

but maybe he can’t help being upset, even knowing she had a trauma. it can happen.
or maybe his mother really lost her memory but janet doesn’t know it, so she told abbey “she doesn’t remember about you”. but this is much less probable.

boh... February 27, 2012, 4:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #210612

@boh, well i’m theorizing based on what i can see and the clues i have. I don’t know, it seems a stretch for him to be angry at the mother, he knows what she has been through. if anything he’d be more sympathetic towards her, not vindictive, he has a temper but he’s not a brute.

strider February 27, 2012, 4:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #210614

Yeah, I can understand his ambivalence.

Rough having a brother like Abbey, isn’t it? So closed off.

You never know when those gates will slam shut again.

Fruvous February 27, 2012, 4:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #210615

its obvious he loves and misses his mom

vixeL February 27, 2012, 4:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #210616

Wait, I just thought:
All this drama. The emotion. Not to mention the AAAAAANGST.
How will this affect Abby’s ingenious plan to steal all the schools money with his secretary-itude?!
Will we never get to see Abby pimped out in gold n’ stuff?
You know what, I’m totally drawing a ****!abby. Be right back.

Curtisimo February 27, 2012, 4:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #210617

And here I thought I was gonna find Charlotte dead.

TheX400096 February 27, 2012, 5:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #210618

Yes~ It wasn’t what I was thinking! Soooo glad she was alright. ^^

Aoriki February 27, 2012, 5:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #210620

This could turn out to be good for Abbey, but there’s also something that says something’s amiss… Hopefully this visit with his mother brings him some peace of mind.

Sebastion February 27, 2012, 5:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #210621

Hahahaha nice one Souppy

I actually really like the last panel, I don’t know what you are talking about Taeshi! Haha I really like the way the stairs look, it gives the panel some depth

Knuc February 27, 2012, 6:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #210622

I’m not sure where the notion that you need to confront any of your past comes from, much less all of it. It’s not exactly your past that shapes you, it’s how you responded and how you respond currently to that past that makes you who you are. Things don’t just happen and suddenly you’re different. You allow and sometimes even force yourself to be different according to what experiences you’ve had.

If confrontation helps you to respond to a previous experience more rationally and positively, then that is helpful and probably good, but I think it’s a stretch to say it’s a necessity. Your life is all about your perception, and if you’re willing to push yourself and really think beyond merely what you have thought, have felt, and what you feel now you can change that perception all of your own accord, no confrontation needed.

In the past I’ve heard people say, “You owe me/him/her/us an explanation.”
And I must disagree. No one owes you anything. If you can’t think up a million explanations on your own, it’s the fault of your weak mind.

People have reasons for doing things, whether you consider them valid reasons or not. They either regret doing those things or they don’t.
Either way your best bet is to try and bring yourself to forgive them.
Forgiveness oftentimes enables you to accept something and put it behind you, and it can sometimes enable someone else to put something behind them and become different (hopefully better) person. Nice, happy, good things, maybe?

You don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. You don’t have to forgive anyone. You certainly are not entitled to an explanation or forgiveness from anyone else.

All of this to simply say, you CAN just avoid someone. You don’t ever have to confront someone. In fact, you probably shouldn’t ever confront someone unless you simply want to ATTEMPT to understand them better and have them understand you better. If one or both of those things occur there might be hope for other good things to occur, but none of it is guaranteed or required, because someone can come to an understanding about something that leads to acceptance and even forgiveness entirely on their own, with the pure desire to get past it and push their life in a better direction.

Abbey’s path isn’t obvious, to me at least, and the only thing that I think any character should do or should be put through is whatever keeps them true and honest with respect to how Taeshi sees them and their story.

Xiface February 27, 2012, 6:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #210623

Taeshi. I love the perspective you did on the last panel. It is epic.

meleeman February 27, 2012, 7:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #210624

Who wants to spend the night at a graveyard?

Kaze February 27, 2012, 7:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #210625

Oh man, it’s starting to piece together. Here’s my theory: I think that the mother is in some sort of coma. His father probably hit her on the head with the lamp, and now she’s stable but unresponsive. That would make sense as for why Abby wants to go, but he isn’t jumping for joy. It’s bittersweet (SEE WHAT I DID THERE GUYS) because she’s alive, but it’s still not…his mother. And that’s why he doesn’t want to stay there all day, because it’s not like they can spend hours talking and catching up.

Meeps February 27, 2012, 7:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #210626

LOLZ. i got bored and so uhh… who likes astrology :question:
Lucy: Scorpio ( like we all didn’t know! )
Micheal: Leo ♥ ( Just like me! :love: )
Daisy: Libra ( BLEH!! )
♥ Paulo ♥: Aries ( * kiss * :-* )
David: Pisces ( ??? :question: ??? )
Abbey: Cancer (uhh… close nuff…)

Minor Peoples Comin’ Soon!!
… Now if only i knew dem persons….

GoldenCappuccinoFlame February 27, 2012, 7:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #210627

LOLZ. i got bored and so uhh… who likes astrology :question:
Lucy: Scorpio ( like we all didn’t know! )
Micheal: Leo ♥ ( Just like me! :love: )
Daisy: Libra ( BLEH!! )
♥ Paulo ♥: Aries ( * kiss * :-* )
David: Pisces ( ??? :question: ??? )
Abbey: Cancer (uhh… close nuff…)

Minor Peoples Comin’ Soon!!
… Now if only i knew dem persons….

GoldenCappuccinoFlame February 27, 2012, 7:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #210629

Drawn stairs; my worst emenmie….WE MEET AGAIN!

zac February 27, 2012, 7:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #210630

I was actually thinking “wow, Taeshi did a really good job on the perspective with those stairs” right before I scrolled down and saw her putting down that exact feature. Taeshi, it’s great, really! Don’t worry about it!

Turbocharge February 27, 2012, 8:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #210633

The stairs don’t look melty. : / They look perfectly straight and capable of supporting a 115 lb. rabbit-eared dog. : D

Anyways, I can’t wait for the next pages. Abbey is one of my favorite characters, and I intensely NEED to see what happens. It is a NEED.

JC February 27, 2012, 9:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #210634

@Turbocharge, I know right!! Those were my exact thoughts!!!!

Knuc February 27, 2012, 9:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #210635

Need.. more.. Lucy.. ;___; I wanna see how she’s doing.

Keo February 27, 2012, 9:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #210636

Taeshi, when I first started reading Bittersweet Candy Bowl, i noticed that my life has a lot in common with your characters. I have a lot of friends like Daisy, Pablo, and even David! And i also realized that me and Lucy have a lot in common too: we fight we get mad, we look a bit (emo)tional sometimes, and I also have a best friend like Mike. But the problem with me and my best friends is the same as Sandy and Mike. We love each other a lot, but the distance is a problem. When we chat on the internet, we look like Lucy and Mike, but when we start saying that me miss each other, it turns to Sandy and Mike. It’s getting in my head and i really like him.

PhotoGirl February 27, 2012, 10:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #210637

how come i see.. something really bad comeing from this… i dono if i should say but i feel like there may be a grave yeard in the next strip or a few down the line T_T i hope not… that would explain why she never tried to get in contact with her children T_T

ildum February 27, 2012, 11:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #210638

“I’m only going back for my mother”
this could mean several things but what i get is hes goign to go see her grave stone . They never said she was still alive. She was beign Beaten or abused by the father so somethign could have happened when the kids left. This also shows he dosent want to see his father or really care for him… or at least is mad at him..
“do it in one day”.
See the grave and conferm what he has herd.. thats what i got from that line. he’ dosent want to stay and feel bad or see his mothers grave for a long time. i think he jsut wants to b at peice with the idea that she may have passed.Anyways that my thoughts.

ildum February 27, 2012, 11:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #210639

@ Melly: I agree with that…and I am sorry for your situation. I feel this was with some of my family members. It helps that I don’t live in the same state anymore and I have great friends where I live now…but once in awhile I wonder why things ever went south and feel bitter and abandoned a bit. Unfortunately, we all don’t come from responsible mothers (not saying that yours is one of them, but I am mainly concerned with Abbey’s mother here).

Yeah, it blows *** about Abbey’s mother..but what can he do? He is damn lucky to have Janet in his life right now…someone who CHOOSES to mother him and Molly specifically…can’t choose your family but you can choose your friends.

He doesn’t feel it now but he will accept it in time. Since he feels socially obligated to care for Molly (which I am guessing he did a heck of a lot of when he was actually living with his mother) so it’s going to be harder for him to cope for her sake. These things are never easy…but Janet seems like a very patient person and seems like she is willing to stick around til they come around :)

Iris February 27, 2012, 11:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #210640

Lol Souppy
I like the way you drew that last panel

Hchan8 February 27, 2012, 11:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #210642

I get the odd feeling that this was not “good news”. Not good news at all. I’m reminded of a book I read which is currently being translated into a series of movies (all three are already out in their native country. Only the first of which has been released in America). In it, a mother is institutionalized because of permanent damage sustained from an abusive husband. In order to not give out any spoilers, I can’t give more detail than that, but I get the feeling that Abbey’s mom is not well.

Some Guy February 28, 2012, 1:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #210643

*Notices Suitcase beat me to the ”okay” thing*

Mikk February 28, 2012, 7:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #210644

Bet it will be a grave they visit tomorrow.

G February 28, 2012, 9:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #210645

Ether has mother got remarrid or is with his father

Loid February 28, 2012, 12:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #210646

ugggggguuuu SO BORED… Ooh my brain created an idea!!! Now, who likes astrology?
Lucy: Scorpio 8-) AWESOME!!
Mike: Leo ( Leos are one of the most beautiful zodiacs!! :-* )
Daisy: Libra :nope:
Paulo: Aries ( EVEN MORE AWESOME :) luv you hubby ♥ )
David: Pisces 8-D
Abbey: Cancer ( close nuff :/ )

GoldenCappuccinoFlame February 28, 2012, 4:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #210647

I’m REALLY impressed and interested in Abby’s personality and background.

Dispite all he’s been through, he’s still hanging strong and doing the right thing. I couldn’t really relate to how he feels, since my parents have been loyal to each other for as long as they’ve been married, but kudos to him for sticking with his sister, and taking things one step at a time.

TheOriginalJoe February 28, 2012, 4:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #210650

to the top 3 comments, he wanted to get her from his father. Not just meet her but rather take her with him, to safety.
Really nice job on the drawings, can’t wait for Wednesday!

Sako February 28, 2012, 4:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #210651

@ Melly

I’m sorry to hear about you and your mother. I can’t begin to imagine what that must feel like. My heart goes out to you.

K.R.I February 28, 2012, 5:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #210652

this is so sweet but why site get alot differece????????

unkow February 28, 2012, 5:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #210653

Also @ everyone who all “WTF IS LUCY TAESHI?!”

I’m pretty sure it’s been established that this chapter is about Abbey. Quit please stop asking the same question over and over again. Kthnxbai. =3

K.R.I February 28, 2012, 5:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #210654

uugh… my brain is fried right now, still cant do psycoanalysis of Abbey, oh well.
Anyways, great job as always Taeshi.
And also, methinks Abbey is might not go back with Janet

Invader Rex February 28, 2012, 6:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #210655

Abbey .-. What do you want? ._.

Kyosuke February 28, 2012, 10:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #210656

hey guys i was wondering if the membership is worth getting i would like to know case i might get it for my B-day which is march 16 and i need to know soon before my b-day gets here and i spend my money on garbage like stuff that isnt from taeshi lol i am seriously obsessed with this comic i get on it ever day at school during my free computer art period by the way i might make a thing on my computer for the gallery thank you if you answer

paulo_VS_mike February 28, 2012, 10:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #210721

inb4 dead

Taking him to a graveyard.

Some guy February 29, 2012, 7:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #210767

@paulo vs mike: hahaha I get on here in my visual imagery class (which I am doing right now) when I don’t have anything to work on, and this is the first website I think of

Knuc February 29, 2012, 5:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #210779

-And we let zeh stairs simmer in a pot of boiling water. Hoh! zeh water, how she boils! Like a feisty lover, non? But that iz life! Now, for this next step we will be needing five pales of zeh lard…

toast February 29, 2012, 10:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #214195

Hi guys! Im a little new to Bittersweet Candy Bowl so Im not really sure what has happened to this guy, “Abbey” and his Mom. All i know is that some guy (Maybe his Dad I dont know) abuses her alot .

I feel so sorry for him :( ._. ;_;

I’ll write back
- Onika

Nicki.Minaj April 12, 2012, 5:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #274536

The angle in the last panel is brilliant. Poor Abbey…finding all this out, and so late at night, and so near Christmas…! And all the flashbacks, too…I feel awful for the guy.

Nyarth February 5, 2014, 10:06 PM EST.

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