73. Ten Seconds to Midnight, page posted 1/9/13

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Ten Seconds to Midnight — Page 17
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lucy’s tsundere is contageous

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Comment ID #236216

do you even lift

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The Ebola Virus January 9, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #236217

Just curious, when she said that, why did he appear to be shocked? I mean, I highly doubt that Augustus, a secondary character completely uninvolved in the incident, knows what happened with her family when even we don’t. One more thing, I’m no expert on the subject but I’m pretty sure that jumping off a tall building isn’t usually best for anyone, whether someone decides so for you or not.
Also, has anyone noticed that this site sometimes times out? It happens more frequently than it used to and sometimes it does so for like half an hour.
Lastly, why is it that of all the characters in this thing, Lucy has the biggest sideburns? Just throwing that out there.

@ Total_Legits
Dafuq did I just read?

Nikita January 9, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #236218

Because you’re a bitch, and you pull bitch moves like this.

Ace January 9, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #236219

lucy no make her own decisions

sen January 9, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #236220

so tsundere :p cant wait to hear her speech and find out what mama lucy said

shmidny January 9, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

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It’s official her family did something. I was hoping to find out more about Augustus and his family, but finding the answer to the very simple question: “what did Lucy’s family say to her that caused her to the top of the nearest tall building and get so close to the edge?”
is very cool too.

@Augustus: Like Daisy?

supertails19 January 9, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #236222

Expectations blown out of the water yet again.

meifire January 9, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #236223

Gosh, Lucy, you…. Youuu

I really hope you don’t move :((

Amaris January 9, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #236224

lucy is pregnant

TOTAL LEGITS January 9, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #236225

oh gee, her eyes are starting to uncloud :O

boopboop January 9, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #236226

so is paulo

TOTAL LEGITS January 9, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #236227

this is gonna take a very sharp turn

bunnyclub January 9, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #236228

Geez Lucy, you need to at least lighten up and know that there are people who cares about you.

Also, that last panel with Augustus…for once, he doesn’t know how to respond to Lucy’s remark.

Nimbus26 January 9, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

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TOTAL LEGITS January 9, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #236230

I have a feeling that Augustus is about to launch into a stern lecture/tirade about how ungrateful she is that she has people that care for her and love her, and at the same time let slip some bits about his mysterious home life and seemingly deadbeat drunken family.

Frodomann1 January 9, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

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TOTAL LEGITS January 9, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #236232

Oh god I’ve caught it!
As if I care…

After two edits, this still sounds better in my head than it does written down…

Neospector January 9, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #236233

CAUGHT UP! >:D FINALLY!! And now I can stop talking in all caps from feeling like a bada** (They REALLY need to come up with a replacement word for that). To be honest, I SERIOUSLY can’t wait for the next update. I will now be looking up fanfiction for this story until I am satisfied. PLEASE GET LUCY HAPPY AGAIN DANGIT!!

I'll Eat Yourself January 9, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #236234

Because you’re not very good at it yourself, Lucy.

Titanium Dragon January 9, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

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Oh hey no “Who’s that pokemon” on the newest page, eh? XD

I'll Eat Yourself January 9, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.

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It’s…it’s not like I care or anything….B-Baka!

I wasn’t going to do anything. I just like standing on the edge of a building several hundred feet up.

Everyone decides what’s best for you because you don’t have a grasp on the concept of deciding for yourself.

Purin January 9, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #236237

Lucy, continuously making bad choices. Maybe if she’d stop yelling they’d stop trying to comfort her…

Anon January 9, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #236238

Prediction: She has to move away to a more isOlated area.

I did not see the last comment coming. Good job, Tae!

Plantsforhire January 9, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.

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TOTAL LEGITS January 9, 2013, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #236240

Wow. :O That last remark Lucy gave sounded as if she was starting to support herself. Looks like the shock she received really did make her stronger. But it might still be too early to tell.

Blaze33405 January 9, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #236241

My theory of Lucy moving away is still standing… and I think I maybe right :(

Vanilla January 9, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

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im crying

Pirari January 9, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #236243

Is Augustus having a flashback? Lucy, why you no accept help?

Purple Haze January 9, 2013, 12:07 AM EST.

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TOTAL LEGITS January 9, 2013, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #236245

I think Augustus’ shocked expression is about how Luce’s problem isn’t her love quarrels or friends, which he probably thought when he found her there, but that she’s now instead complaining about how everyone’s trying to boss her around. Luce is an independent person (*cat), she likes to make her own decision. Her family most likely did something (suggesting to move/transfer to a new school is a simple guess) and she might feel that she’s had enough of people trying to decide what she should do.
I think Auggie is just slightly surprised but more confused, like “What? This isn’t about green eyes?”

Yumikarp January 9, 2013, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #236246

That first panel, I’m going to keep that one on my mind for the ship.

jerkface January 9, 2013, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #236247

Oh snap, this is gonna be bad. Augustus is going to be all like “OH HELL NO! -reality slap-“, and then they’ll argue. Or hopefully, instead of that, we’ll find out what her family told her……….. Please, Augustus, snap her out of her funk, fully or mostly!! PLEASE! Its obvious the gang won’t be able to help Lucy with this D: .

Subaru January 9, 2013, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #236248

Why do I suddenly want to ship these two….? 8-D

eatedurtaco January 9, 2013, 12:14 AM EST.

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@Yumikarp - I like your last sentence on why Augustus is confused.

I personally like to think that the roof of that building overlooks some pretty scene that helps you regain your inner serenity, and I feel like Lucy’ reaction to Augustus is her attempt to reassert her independence. I can only imagine how much it chafed being told to do something/go somewhere to force a life changing decision by her family for someone as strong willed as Lucy.

I’d really like to see Augustus and Lucy delve into Augustus’ obviously poor family life and help her see how fortunate she is.

Hang in there Lucy!!!! XD

Sylvia January 9, 2013, 12:17 AM EST.

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Remember when you were a teenager and made those decisions of your life and it was amazing, magical and improved your self-image, confidence, humor and your future? Those decisions to have one of One Direction’s members face tattooed on your center lower back, vlogging about how Edward is the perfect vampire boyfriend that no on understands but you, and of course buying the entire discography of Justin Bieber songs?
Yeah, those are NOT good decisions and from what I see, Lucy’s Mom stood by long enough and didn’t say anything about her teenage daughter’s decisions and how she wants to live, but seeing Lucy’s angst and her angry outbursts, tears, being lost, etc., would get any loving and caring mother, and family, worried. If they have taken action I applaud it, because Lucy needs that structure and boundary.
Lucy, if your family has taken some sort of action, it was HIGH TIME & A LONG TIME COMING. The world is not just white and black, there is a whole spectrum of colors: good people with bad in them and bad people with good in them and those who just caught in circumstance. When you shall see this Lucy, you will be glad to have the family and friends that you do. And one action doesn’t justify your outburst: but what do you know, you are a teenager ;)

Kanna January 9, 2013, 12:18 AM EST.

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…You know, I take back back Lucy x Augustus at the moment. PUSH HER SO SHE CAN COME BACK TO REALITY. >: O

Just-A-Lurker January 9, 2013, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #236252

Some very deep family drama comeing up, I prepare myself if I where all of you

lov/hate/hurt January 9, 2013, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #236253

Well Augustus, that’s what you get for not trying to be a little more positive.

mow January 9, 2013, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #236254

And then Augustus grabbed her and threw her over the edge.

abnag January 9, 2013, 12:27 AM EST.

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OMFG!!!!! did anyone notice that here in the last panel Augustus is doing the same shocked face that he did 2 comics ago when he saw lucy’s snadow on the edge!!! LOL!!! XD

Iti January 9, 2013, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #236256

I think Augustus is finally making all the right connections in the last panel. This is definitely not what he thought it was and he is surprised by her reaction(oh boy Augustus is probably regretting making a decision for her back when she was trying to get on his bus).

Also grabbing her shoulders, calling her an idiot and trying to give her a lecture when she doesn’t want one(smart move Augustus :/). So much for calmly walking her down the stairs before telling her off :(.

Well we get to have some questions answered and Lucy is closer to being back to her old self. Oh so that was the point of Augustus making her mad: to make her go back to her old self and maybe get some answers. Augustus you little sneak you.

Edit: Anyone else notice Lucy’s nose looks extra pink in the second to last panel? I-Is she sick or something? I am probably over analyzing a very small detail. Sorry.

supertails19 January 9, 2013, 12:29 AM EST.

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I understand how Lucy feels, although people just want to help her she wants to feel independent. Having people control you can be quite stressful.

Katie January 9, 2013, 12:37 AM EST.

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Rylan January 9, 2013, 12:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #236260

Well forcing a family member to do something against their will when you think it is what’s “best” for them can be effective to getting that family member help, but it might also make said family member feel trapped forcing them to get away from it all. Lucy is in that same situation: her family is going to send her somewhere, Lucy thinks it is a stupid idea and doesn’t want to go, but since her family is not giving her a say in the matter she decided to take matters into her own hands and escape. Wow this just keeps getting better and better :).

supertails19 January 9, 2013, 12:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #236261

Well ****, huh Augustus?
Maybe you should speak less and listen more?

nez January 9, 2013, 12:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #236262

Oh my…

Has anyone comes you on the way you draw Augustus? I LOVE IT!!! Oh yah he is also one of my favourites haha.

Rin January 9, 2013, 1:04 AM EST.

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Secret January 9, 2013, 1:04 AM EST.

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“I wasn’t gonna do anything! I was just imagining what’d it feel like to be Eminem in the Not Afraid music video.”

Shiloh January 9, 2013, 1:06 AM EST.

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I think this is the very first time someone has actually decided what’s “best for her”, although we don’t even know what’s going on right now.
I really dislike how she’s just exaggerating and, knowing that she needs people’s help, she keeps turning it down.
Oh God I don’t even know
Everything before were suggestions, and it was up to her whether she’d follow them or not, therefore making her own decisions— and, of course, screwing up and leading her up til where she is now.
Gosh Lucy stop being so >:c

DONT YOU YELL AT AUGUSTUS sob augustus ilu

EDIT: Just wanted to add, I love how he’s so considerate— and knows exactly the way to answer to such witty commets
sadhsufd auggustusssssss
/fangirling over

Milkfruit January 9, 2013, 1:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #236266

That 2nd panel Lucy looks so cute <3
Also to proof my point, I don’t think Taeshi can draw Lucy and not make her look Beautiful.
OH MY GOD! I think… I think… YES Life has returned to those beautiful eyes.
My Guess~~>Lucy:”I am up her to escape all you selfish idiots!”

Next thing you say Augustus she may not hear. XD

Believe it or not her nose actually is pink.

Yeah her family did something to **** her off.
Sam Threatening Mike and deciding he isn’t good enough(when they are younger) Strike One. Wait didn’t Jordan decide that Paulo shouldn’t see her… Strike Two. Family decides not to not take her to see relatives or forbid for going to party or make her take therapy(I am not miserible!)(that party thing is a long stretch) STRIKE THREE!

Maybe Mike deciding she should haven’t friends? Strike 4 and 5.

Perhaps that fact Augustus won’t let her kill herself even if she wanted to, maybe strike 6.

If I thought hard enough I probably could come with more.

About the “I Hate you to Sandy”, I meant to say or was hinting that. If he ever lost his “Perfect Fantasy Image” of Sandy, it would probably cause him to hate her. I hoping if he ever gives that to her. He will realize that Lucy is perfect for him(New Lucy, NOT present).

I am like the idea of PauloxLucy, but I am still a strong MikexLucy!

And I say good day sirs, good day!

Someone January 9, 2013, 1:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #236267

Poor Lucy. Everyone needs to give her space, not continue pushing her towards that edge. Suicide is never the answer, but people really need space and compassion if they’re gonna make it through. It’s hard to balance those things, but nonetheless.

nsvoboda January 9, 2013, 1:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #236268

Jesus Christ, Lucy you ungrateful bitch.

Anon January 9, 2013, 1:31 AM EST.

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@Frodomann1: Yep a conversation about how Lucy doesn’t need to make decisions because she has a loving family and Augustus does have to make decisions because he is the only one in his home that acts like a mature adult. This will be very interesting ;).

@Nimbus26: Wow your right this is like the third time Lucy has caught Augustus off guard. He is speechless and that is a problem. Normally he could talk his way out of any situation but he is currently on top of a building with a girl that is getting angry at him. Augustus chose your words carefully or you will suffer a critical hit DX.

@Yumikarp: Whatever her family said I could only assume that they were just doing what they thought was best for Lucy. If only they realized that was not the best idea. Seriously Lucy already felt like nobody cared about her and now her own family is forcing her into a situation she doesn’t want any part in? Doesn’t anybody in BCB know how to handle somebody with a broken heart(well I guess it would help if they knew why she was depressed in the first place)?

@Sylvia: Oh that would actually be a very interesting wake up call for Lucy, seeing how the other half lives. Maybe Augustus will take her on a walk back to his house so she can see how he lives. Maybe then that talk which Augustus had with her in the library will finally make sense to her and everything will click together and Lucy will go “Oh” like Tess did back at the party(when she realized something). Cool.

@Kanna: Yes Lucy is a teenager that is why she will be resistant to whatever plan her Mom has come up with. As you can see by Lucy being on top of this building, she probably is not planning on going quietly with her families’ decision. Of course she could easily have a change of heart… assuming the cold weather hasn’t frozen her heart like it probably did with Mike. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

@Someone: I know her nose is pink but I am wondering why the area around her nose is pink too. It could easily be my eyes playing tricks on me but I am doubtful of that. I just thought with Lucy being out her for who knows how long that she might be getting sick. Sorry it’s just that I have become more aware of little details ever since I started reading more and more into all of this.

supertails19 January 9, 2013, 1:36 AM EST.

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because Lucy, you’re not very good at it yourself. look how the way you decided to treat Mike turn out for you, and it’s pretty clear you have dependence issues, violence issues and depression. your family cares about you, and they’re trying to help you out, you cow.

In other news I’m enjoying finding out more about Augustus, and the art on this page is great! Well the art on all the pages is great but you know what I mean.

Dave January 9, 2013, 1:45 AM EST.

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@Someone: I forgot to mention that Future Mike and Future Lucy would make a great couple they just have to get past a lot of obstacles. I am just not sure how everyone else would react to this though. I will just leave the time-travel to the experts. Also, I sometimes notice things disappearing in the comic like certain side characters or how Augustus’ piercing decides to hide in the third to last panel. His bangs also hold another secret I haven’t seen in a while(his scar).

@Dave: I agree with most of your comment except the cow part. Lucy is a cat not a cow. How did you make that connection :question:? Wait are you trying to be mean to her?

Well anyways good night.

supertails19 January 9, 2013, 2:07 AM EST.

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She dint beat the hell out of him for touching! AWWW they so love eachother.

NekoGami January 9, 2013, 2:12 AM EST.

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I’m sorry, but I ship Augustus/Lucy sooooooooo hard #^_^#

Matalemures January 9, 2013, 2:26 AM EST.

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Hahahaha!!! I knew it!! You know who he’s talking about?! Who would care if she died? Alejandro (Rapecat) that’s who!!! He will return !!!! Mark my words!!! And when he does, his revenge will be swift and merciless!!!

Redneck January 9, 2013, 2:27 AM EST.

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Maybe Lucy and Augustus have more in common than they suspect?

Cavara January 9, 2013, 3:14 AM EST.

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Because you’re a selfish, irrational b…. with serious problems? Or at least are acting like it.

What I find interesting here is Augustus’ reaction. Really curious (and hoping) if we’re getting to know more about him!

Janara January 9, 2013, 3:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #236277

Man, Lucy is loosing it. She’s going from depression to anger. She seems a lot more cold than before, and this is noticeable even for someone like Augustus there. I wonder why he looks so shocked in the last panel though?

Lumi January 9, 2013, 3:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #236278

She is kinda right.

Vyntov January 9, 2013, 4:02 AM EST.

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Ya know, something just occurred to me. I think I now realize why Lucy’s and Mike’s moods have been driving me nuts so much lately. You know a certain rogue ninja names Sasuke Uchiha? Yeah, the one everybody calls the Emo King? To be honest, I think Lucy surpassed him by throwing in a crapton of drama instead of simply spending her life wanting revenge or something and being totally blank and uncaring otherwise. Mike KINDA reach the same level, maybe passed it, due to how freaking RUDE he has been to Lucy since she confessed. Even though Lucy probably isn’t a lifelong emo like Sasuke, which probably lets him keep his title, she at least has earned the title of Emo Queen. Seriously, fix this problem soon or I am going to be absolutely BAFFLED as to why she hasn’t gotten over it yet NOR killed herself. If she killed herself, that would be terrible and I would hate you probably unless she managed to return somehow, but otherwise, I highly doubt anyone could go through such depression without at least getting over it by this point or getting sent to a therapist or something.

I'll Eat Yourself January 9, 2013, 4:02 AM EST.

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I’m pretty amazed seeing Augustus care so much after I think of how manipulative he can be.

nalem January 9, 2013, 4:16 AM EST.

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Then she pours out all her feelings right there….
Or he just gets really angry. Ha…. Lucy is lucky.. At least her family cares about her. It could be for the best or maybe even the worst, but dang it lucky, they bloody care.

what? January 9, 2013, 4:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #236282

The coloring in this page is so genius. I love how Augustus is still made up of the dull browns that the comic was using in the first page of this chapter. It’s not even noticable until the last panel.

Nilled January 9, 2013, 5:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #236283

Well that went as well as anyone could’ve hoped. :/

Anon-Anon January 9, 2013, 5:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #236284

I bet that she was just going to watch the midnight fireworks from that rooftop.

Emy January 9, 2013, 5:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #236285

Just as expected. No signs of psychological degradation here; just Lucy being normal.

4y3sec January 9, 2013, 6:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #236286

That’s right! Lucy is a big girl now, she can make bad decisions all on her own if she chooses to.

Draven January 9, 2013, 6:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #236287

why are so many people saying shes pregnant.. the chapter that she slept with paulo was a daydream.. by paulo.

A Fan January 9, 2013, 6:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #236288

After taking time to ponder Augustus’ expression, he probably had a similar situation in his past and actually in the current timeline.

Anon-Anon January 9, 2013, 6:26 AM EST.

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So the best thing for you is several stories of free fall, followed by a painful death?

Oh, teenagers.

Follarch January 9, 2013, 7:00 AM EST.

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@TOTAL LEGITS: :/ Really?

S.Chambers January 9, 2013, 7:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #236291

Maybe this is where Augustus realizes he and Lucy have more in common than he thought? I can see them becoming best friends, thinking it’s them against the world.

But maybe he’s just going to be angry with her.

LH January 9, 2013, 7:20 AM EST.

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I strongly believe the last panel is part of a flashback, maybe about the situation Augustus left behind (meaning his drunk parents) or his past. It’s black and white and there’s no snow whereas in the other panels you can clearly make out the falling snow.
Besides, it’s unlikely that Augustus would react this strongly to such an insignificant outburst from Lucy. “Why does everyone have to decide what’s best for me?” is just a typical accusation of an angry teenager.
Maybe it has triggered some flashback for Augustus who might have said something similar to his parents or whatever.
On top of that, another scene change is overdue.

But I might be wrong, Taeshi usually never does what I expect her to do. So onwards to more Augustus x Lucy drama! 8-)

Copper January 9, 2013, 7:34 AM EST.

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Because he’s the final boss.

Lucy used words. Critical hit.

Kindle Kat January 9, 2013, 7:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #236294

“Why does everyone have to decide what’s best for me?!”

Probably because you don’t know how to, dear.

Ziggy January 9, 2013, 7:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #236295

As much as I like Augustus he is starting to **** me off.
First, he’s mad at Lucy for what? It’s his own fault for assuming she was going to jump. If he really doesn’t care he should have minded his own business or called the police and let them deal with it. Or even better, he could take his head out of his *** for a second. Then maybe he’d stop thinking everyone except Daisy was an idiot (while he’s so damn smart), then maybe he would have realized Lucy is built of stronger stuff than that.

The truth is that Augustus and Lucy are more alike than he realizes. Lucy is in love with an insensitive jerk and he’s is in love with a cry baby who made everyone think he’s a creep rapist. But yet he still loves her and thinks she’s perfect. *facepalm* And yes, Lucy may act emotional, depressed, physical… but Augustus deals with his issues in his own self-destructive ways. He puts on this high-and-mighty attitude that pushes everyone away, he can be emotionally abusive, he has no friends, and just wallows in his pain like some sick puppy dog. “Woah is me… my life sucks so much I don’t deserve friends and everyone else is stupid ‘cause they don’t have the hard life I do.” I hate people like that.

Just because someone doesn’t have a hard (family) life it doesn’t mean they don’t have problems. It doesn’t mean they can’t hurt just as bad. >=O
Just look at Abbey. Do you see him acting like a dick to everyone? NO!

Last thing I’m going to say. Augustus thought Lucy was going to kill herself, which means he thought Lucy reached her limit. Thinking this (even though he was wrong) how could he possibly think it’s a good idea to insult Lucy at this moment? You don’t kick a cat when it’s down… especially right after what he thought she was going to do.

Augustus needs a reality check just as much as Lucy.

Lime Cake January 9, 2013, 8:08 AM EST.

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:/ wow that’s so depressing, this comic is turning out too sad

KawaiiSketchChan January 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EST.

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Augustus: “I never realized you were so angst ridden! Want to go listen to the Smith’s?!”
Lucy: “OMG yeah!”
Augustus realizes Lucy has had a great life filled with caring people and dumps her. Lucy ends up in the hospital after trying to cut her wrists with an electric razor, but only getting tangled in her hair. She ends up creating the meme “Emo Kids: Your doing it wrong” with an electric razor.

Neo January 9, 2013, 9:00 AM EST.

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At least she didn’t jump.

Wr3h January 9, 2013, 10:49 AM EST.

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Lucy is about as pregnant as a block of wood. There is no way she’s pregnant with anything. I mean that’d be a nice spin-off comic, but I don’t see it happening in this one.
My bet on what “everyone” is deciding that’s “best” for her has to do with her depression, anger, or whatever is causing this self-acclaimed lack of fulfillment in her that seems to be equated to a “void”.
After Mike ripped on her that night when they were drinking soda and playing games, her family knew something was wrong with her and even Paulo had the sense to know something was wrong with her.
Lucy’s family may or may not have not tried to comfort her, but they gave her the space and time to sort things out. However, she’s still as moody as the grim reaper and so maybe her family wanted to “decide” what to do about it.
When you’re as sensitive and riddled with insecurities as Lucy, the smallest notion that someone is slighting you is cause enough to feel like the roof of the world is falling down on you. With that said, the best form of escape is to either punch people in the face or isolate yourself from it.
It’s pretty funny though how Aug was cultivating all that drama, running up an entire building in less than a minute yelling “Don’t do it!” and grabbing her hand, only to have Lucy turn around and be like “wtf, Aug? I just wanted some time to myself. Now, gtfo of here!”

Blank On Purpose January 9, 2013, 11:09 AM EST.

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Kill the drama queen, Augustus. Kill her!!!!! MURDER HER!!!!!

Tired of Lucy January 9, 2013, 11:12 AM EST.

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They decide what’s best because you keep proving you’re an unstable, emotionally dependent idiot. Until you shape up, your right to make life-changing decisions has been revoked!

Thorgeous January 9, 2013, 11:20 AM EST.

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poor lucy :(

The wolven king January 9, 2013, 11:25 AM EST.

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@what?: Lucy has a family that cares and Augustus has a family that doesn’t care at all. The conversation between Lucy and Augustus is going to get very interesting. I wonder how long before Augustus tries telling Lucy how good she has it. Lucy won’t take it too well and Augustus could easily show her a different perspective in life by showing her that having a family that cares is a GOOD thing, even if that family needs some help making better decisions :/.

@Copper: Well Augustus could be ready to have a flashback or he could of realized that Lucy wasn’t going to jump because of a boy and is now trying to figure out what happened. Only time will tell what happens next, but that won’t stop me from creating a positive future in my head ;).

@Lime Cake: Wow, that was a pretty insightful comment. Of course i’m not sure if Augustus is all “woah is me” yet, but you are right that just because you have a bad home life doesn’t mean that your problems are more important than anyone else’s problems. There are people out there that don’t even have their original parents, like Abbey(but since when has Augustus ever cared about Abbey?). Anyways thank you for making me think of it a different way :).

supertails19 January 9, 2013, 11:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #236304

@I’ll Eat Yourself: This is far more realistic than what you think is.

Major depressive episodes on average last 4-8 months and can actually last for YEARS. You don’t just ‘get over it’ in a few weeks, which is how long Lucy has had it, a few weeks. And during that time, she hasn’t been getting help for it, so it is highly unlikely that she would be any better at this point.

Also, Lucy’s family probably is planning to get her treatment but, you need to have displayed symptoms for at least two weeks before someone can say for sure that you have major depression. That’s probably why she hasn’t had treatment yet: the symptoms could have been temporary.

Therefore, your doubts are completely unfounded. There was pretty much never a chance that she would have recovered by now and very little chance that her family could have gotten her treatment before this point because the symptoms have to be consistent for two weeks at the minimum.

Moogle January 9, 2013, 12:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #236305

@moogle: I agree somewhat, but she is at least heading away from being completely paralyzed from feeling abandoned.

Lucy’s remark at the end is a bit juvenile, but I think over-all it’s a good sign. She is clearly gradually recovering from the Mike incident. She is beginning to show some self-worth.

Iris January 9, 2013, 12:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #236306

The last panel looks… flashback-y.

SarahTheDelirious January 9, 2013, 12:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #236307

Tsunderes attract me so much. Seriously.

Silvyx January 9, 2013, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #236308

@Taeshi: You ain’t kiddin o.O

Seeing Augustus looking shocked is something that I wasn’t quite expecting O_o

Chocothunda January 9, 2013, 2:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #236309

Other than pulling someone’s leg like that, I see that she isn’t very cooperative with her family’s decision for her. Well, she isn’t grown up even though she seems highly independent. Still, her actions and decisions define problems she manage to get into. When others know about what is best for her they would know that it may help her with her own problems. I wonder what she is going on about. Well, we’ll just have to wait for Taeshi to shed some light on the subject.

Keyblade Dragon January 9, 2013, 4:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #236310

Also, on the “Do you even lift?” photo in The Ebola Virus comment you’ll see a guy named Ray photobombing in the bottom right corner.

Keyblade Dragon January 9, 2013, 4:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #236311

@Lime Cake
it kind of makes me love him more though hng

Pirari January 9, 2013, 5:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #236313

@Lime Cake

Ouch, that’s a iceburn that’ll even leaves Mr. Freeze withering in pain.

Onyx January 9, 2013, 6:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #236314

Lol.. is that Lucy blushing on panel 6? XD
Ahahaha tsundere =w=

Yu January 9, 2013, 7:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #236315

Lucy and August like in the different dimension @@… Lucy and August fur are white, but Lucy shadow is blue and August shadow is gray XD. Kinda funny, but still cute =w=

Yu January 9, 2013, 7:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #236316

@Nikita- because potatoes and butterflies want to fly! Just read the comic and don’t ruin it with your questions.

HolaATurGURL January 9, 2013, 7:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #236317

@ HolaATurGURL

Nikita January 9, 2013, 7:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #236318

@Blank on purpose: Lucy already isolated herself in her room for a couple of weeks. My guess is that her family just did something to make her upset and you’re it didn’t take much(just one conversation). Lucy needed to get away from everybody in a place they would never expect to find her in this random building. Actually judging by how quickly Augustus went up the building it could only be one place that Augustus knows so well, Lucy knows it too because it is the school building(It makes more sense than Lucy randomly going door to door trying to find an open building with almost no one in it). Oh yeah with the punching part I predict that Lucy will be letting out her pent up rage very soon if Augustus keeps trying to make her angry. @Augustus: Choose your words wisely anti-hero, they can decide your future :).

@Tired of Lucy: O.O I’m just going skip your comments from now on, but I just need to know something. What did Lucy ever do to you :question:?

@Moogle: Well it has been more than 2 weeks already so maybe that is what Lucy’s family talked to her about. Lucy has been in a depressed state for most(maybe all) of this 2 week period so maybe the family is making her get treatment. I would hope that she would go talk to somebody before her family does anything drastic. Hmm, maybe Augustus is going to be that Lucky person who will get to hear all about Lucy’s problems and actually do something about it. Also, if Augustus handles this situation right she might not need treatment Lucy might end up getting back her spark(the fire within her). Come on Augustus take away the darkness and show her the light 8-D. I am really looking forward to seeing how this all plays out :D.

@Yu: I was curious about that pink spot too but I just assumed she was getting sick or getting heated up. It sounds like she is getting emotional in that panel(Panel 6).

@HulaATurGURL: I didn’t realize there was anything wrong with asking questions (well here at least :unsure:). Also I don’t think Nikita is doing anything to “ruin the comic” either.

supertails19 January 9, 2013, 7:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #236320

@Nikita They aren’t sideburns I think, they’re those little tufts of fur that really fluffy cats have. Plus she walks and talks so it isn’t like these are anatomically correct cats anyway.

Kuroii January 9, 2013, 8:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #236321

Taeshi, you totally caught my attention with this page.
Where is the popcorn? Also, I need a soda

Adept-eX January 9, 2013, 8:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #236322

Or that nose could just be the art. It is the only frame where the nose isn’t a completed object.

Anon January 9, 2013, 8:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #236323

@Nikita and @Kuroii: They look adorable on Lucy anyway so does it really matter :smirk:? Sorry but i am having trouble containing myself since I just imagined Augustus calling Lucy fluffy XD. He also tried to pet her and she responded by grabbing his arm, tripping him , and making him eat snow. they both apologized and then got back to the drama in a snowstorm :D.

@KeybladeDragon: What reason does Lucy have for thinking that her family is making the right decision for her? They haven’t figured out why Lucy is depressed and her are some reasons why:

1)Lucy’s mom already suggested to Lucy that she should invite Mike over :/(Lucy’s mom is trying to help but bringing the boy that caused her daughter’s depression is NOT a step in the right direction, Learn more then make suggestions).

2)Jordan decided to literally push Paulo out of the house instead of talking to the only person that knows who did it 8-), Lucy already called it “Jordan’s an idiot” (I know that Jordan was just trying to be protective of his little sister but seriously get your story straight Paulo has done more to help Lucy out than Jordan ever did even if Paulo occasionally screws up).

3)Sam a.k.a. The one most likely to bury Mike if he ever got the chance, Lucy’s favorite brother, and the one most likely to cheer her up when she is down(at home). Sam didn’t do anything wrong he was just away for college or something(that aviator jacket is making me curious as to what classes he took, hmm i’ll think more about it later :x)

ANYWAYS Lucy’s mom was clueless because she made decisions without any facts, Jordan was so overprotective that he push out the only person with any actual answers, Sam was gone at the worst possible time and now before Sam has a chance to do any investigating, all 3 of them try to force a girl with trust issues to do something saying it is what is best for her WITHOUT letting her have a say in the matter. Even IF whatever they are suggesting is actually going to work I doubt that Lucy would be jumping at the chance to do something that she wasn’t even given a choice for.

@KeybladeDragon: Sorry for giving you a mini essay, but I had so much to say on this subject and I still have more D:. I think I will end with this v.

Augustus probably has a few counter arguments on why Lucy should listen to the people that are TRYING to help: 1)”They care” 2)”they don’t enjoy watching you suffer” and my favorite 3)”they want to see you happy again even if it means you won’t trust them again. No matter what the risk is, your family just wants you to be happy okay :).”

@Anon: Oh, well that just wiped out on of my reasons for Augustus’ surprised expressions I still have a few more left. Like maybe Augustus saying those same words to his own parents? We could also go with: “So this isn’t about green eyes? Did you run away?” and here Augustus shows some concern and has let go of his anger. LET THE EMOTIONAL HEALING COMMENCE.

supertails19 January 9, 2013, 8:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #236327

Is it such an odd thing that building + edge does not = suicide? Lu’s been pretty bottled up and her family hasn’t exactly helped loosen the cork in her neck that keeps her from communicating. With so many people trying to force the issue and how no one wants to accept how she copes with it, it’s no wonder she feels so choked up. I just hope there’s someone (other than Final Fantasy Cat) who can get the whine out of her before she goes bad, or worse, pours it all down the drain we call life.

Welgaean January 9, 2013, 9:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #236328

And cue Augustus falling in love with Lucy because she “gets” him XD

For reals though, he probably is just freaked that she was really going to think about jumping.

I_Love_Lucy January 9, 2013, 9:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #236329


Elintepic January 9, 2013, 10:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #236330

dear Elintepic: Nobody cares xD

Sincerely, an AugustusxLucy fan~

augustusxlucyftw January 9, 2013, 10:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #236331

If this isn’t dream and she realy was planning to jump i’m done with her. Lucy i like her and all but committing sucide because some guy didn’t like u a stupid thing to do. I’ve lost all respect for this character if this isn’t a dream.

JustSomeCritic January 9, 2013, 11:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #236332

Lucy X Augustus would acculy be cute i mean lucy is becoming emotional like Augustus and who could help her more i mean he would be there for her and she needs like unlike me i dont have that and shes lucky :)

Sammy January 9, 2013, 11:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #236333

waita minute… she’s a cat! so even if she jump she wont die! she’ll just do one of those cat front flip and land safely! >u<

im a guy not a girl lol January 10, 2013, 1:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #236334

Up until now I thought Tsundere was a cat.


The Ebola Virus January 10, 2013, 2:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #236335

A whole chapter about Lucy being all over Augustus. I called it. I don’t even think a real high school has this much drama.

NobodyxNobody January 10, 2013, 2:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #236336

I’m still waiting for David to make his entrance into this mess.

Blank On Purpose January 10, 2013, 3:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #236337

This in, battle of who has it worst.
No, but I seriously think he’s going to get angry and blow up about how much of a better life she has.
She has friends (Kinda, I mean you see them being a /little/ bit friendly??) and a family who cares about her.
Then you have augustus who is seen to having no friends and deadbeat parents.
They’re going to end up butting heads and then possibly bonding over it.

To arby's! January 10, 2013, 3:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #236338

Honestly I think Lucy and Auggie are going to argue and he’s going to continuously ask what’s wrong until she tells him. I’m assuming auggie is going to get to see Lucy cry because
1: she’s never really told anyone what’s going on and doing so would make her slightly uncomfortable
2: Well she’s talking about stuff that makes her sad.

Rioo January 10, 2013, 5:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #236339

Argument on the edge of a significantly tall building?

This CAN’T end well.

Insanity_Prevails January 10, 2013, 6:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #236340

This is a bit of a thriller, this can do anyway.

….. nervous

AeJ January 10, 2013, 7:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #236341

She’s slapping him with a flashback…………..

………………………. rude.

Huh? January 10, 2013, 8:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #236343

lucy x agustus is a stupid thought because if that happens she would be getting closer to the bad cats from that alley way im a paulo x lucy fan although i wouldnt mind mike x lucy sometime in the future

Chris January 10, 2013, 10:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #236344


Well, you seem to brought a lot of good points on the matter, however, I was merely generalizing it. Yet, those points do hold a strong sense of argument and I seem to have not put a contrast in my previous comment. Lucy’s depression can have a number of factors that can make Lucy’s family speculate whats going on. It is merely what they can possibly do with what they are able to get out of Lucy. Based on this speculation, their idea of what is best for her in this situation is unreliable. They’re doing what they can for, but at the same time they’re not doing good enough and they may not be doing it right because of Lucy miscooperation.

On a side note, I don’t mind the small essay. To be honest, I hardly bother with deep reading comprehension, but still your argument was most welcome.

Keyblade Dragon January 10, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #236345

It hurts so much to see this 3’: please please please please please this isn’t how you solve things.

Shadow January 10, 2013, 2:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #236346

To all the people saying that they’d lose respest for Lucy if she commited suicide over a boy: In case you didn’t realize this, mental illness doesn’t help you make the most rational decisions. It’s not like people just analyze their life and are like, “Well, I think now enough bad things have happened to me. Off to the nearest high place!” It doesn’t work like that. Even if someone has a lot of good in their life, their minds have become a mental swamp of depression and moroseness so that they can’t see any good, and they become so consumed by the swamp that they see no other way out.

Floweramon January 10, 2013, 2:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #236347

@Floweramon: This.

Even if something good did happen during this moment (Such as Paulo’s cake), it can still get lost in the muck. This is indeed a difficult moment for Lucy’s character, and getting out of this rut is going to take both time and guidance.

Chocothunda January 10, 2013, 3:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #236349

Lol, Lucy is so wrapped up in teen angst that she’s lost ALL intelligence. She’s actually completely stupid right now. I wonder if she’ll live long enough to look back at this and go “Wow, I was really derped that night”.

Adekii January 10, 2013, 4:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #236350

i hate mike O3O :/

UnluckCat January 10, 2013, 4:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #236351

We all have those moments. I’ve been through and seen my friends go through them. The thing is to not let it drag you down. ;)

Kryph January 10, 2013, 5:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #236352

Also (why I didn’t attach this to the other one…? Idunno! :question:), she should be free to make her own decisions. It’s only right. And plus, why in the world would Taeshi kill one of THE MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERS?!?! There’s no point. That’s like killing…. Um…… Rose in Homestuck (Andrew Hussie), for Homestuck people. Or… Robin from Batman. <—(For the non-Homestuckers.) I really hope that everyone has a good (or at least, decent) New Year, since apparently it’s not yet.

To Taeshi: ‘Cause I’m not writing another one, I’ll say it here. You work is awesome and I hope that in the future you do more webcomics.

Kryph January 10, 2013, 5:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #236353

@Kryph Except both of those things happened.
Rose DID die in Homestuck. Pretty much every character in Homestuck has died in Homestuck.
And at least two Robins died HORRIBLY.

sprocket January 10, 2013, 6:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #236354

@Flowermon: That is some sage wisdom you have. It will get to a point where you end up being trapped in darkness and you would do anything to escape. Hopefully you can find the light in the darkness or have somebody to help guide you out no matter how long and difficult the journey will be. With the right people by your side you can do it or you can choose to do it alone. I hope this helped somebody out there :x.

@Kryph: It would be so easy to let those moments drag us down, but we have to remember about the people we could end up dragging down with us. They care about us and they would do anything to help us. Please don’t forget that :x. Also, Taeshi has mentioned that she would work on other projects(webcomics most likely) in the future and I will look forward to that when it happens. She impressed me before so she could easily do it again #^_^#.

@KeybladeDragon: Oh that makes sense, sorry about that I didn’t realize you were generalizing this situation. I mostly just try and go more in depth into a topic. I really need to learn more self-control when i’m posting comments :(.

Also you’re right, whatever help Lucy’s family gets her won’t work out too well if she keeps resisting. For example, going to a therapist could be really helpful to somebody with a lot on their minds, but not if that somebody decides to stay quiet. If they try forcing her to speak up all they will get is silence and maybe some lies. My point is that unless Lucy WANTS to get help her family won’t be too successful in their attempts to help Lucy. Maybe if they talked to Lily first and asked for her help to get Lucy to agree with whatever they have planned(as long as nobody tries dragging Lucy away everything should be fine, if some stranger gets to close well we know what happens next :/).

@Insanity_Prevails: Yes it can and I know it will. Watch by the end of this chapter Lucy will have already taken the first few steps towards healing her broken heart possibly with the help of her new friend or possibly on her own(only time will tell). Oh wait, I forgot about Mike. Yeah this won’t end well for him D:. Unless his big speech was meant to be a secret that no one will ever find out about. Nah all that drama is too good to pass up 8-) also Paulo has a few things he wants to say to Mike anyways so it is bound to happen 8-D.

supertails19 January 10, 2013, 7:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #236355

This isn’t a super smart comment about the plot or anything, but I just wanted to say that this texture looks really good with this mood. ;;

Shell January 10, 2013, 8:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #236356


Haha. Yeah i know, I was just exaggerating for effect and because I was in total rant mode at the time.
I do however think Augustus wallows in his pain… just not in such an angsty sort of way, as was on that quote. I think it’s in a more private “I hate myself” sort of way.
But like I said, it was just an exaggeration.

Also, I’m glad I got you to see things differently. =D
It’s always nice to know one has made a difference… even if it’s just on a web comic. lol

Lime Cake January 10, 2013, 8:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #236357

I think Lucy really needs not just a companion, but someone to bag on her too or even be difficult. She looks so much perkier, if aggitated, talking with Augustus here. Before, with her family, she just looked like a doll.
I’m very interested to see how the these two interact in future pages.

S-chama January 10, 2013, 8:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #236359

Damn @supertails. Everytime I come here, you are like all up in all of these comments. How do you read them all like that fast?

I_Love_Lucy January 10, 2013, 9:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #236360

@I_Love_Lucy: I had a lot of practice reading most of the comments in BCB. That is a lot of comments. Yes that is right I love BCB that much :D. It also helps that I read all of the comments for the current update from start to finish.

Read comments if you are ever confused about the story it will help clear things up for you and give you a new perspective on the story. Oh yeah if you are wondering how I responded to your question so quickly just call it lucky :).

@Lime Cake: You got that right ;). It does feel good to make a difference.

supertails19 January 10, 2013, 9:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #236361

It would be extremely hypocritical of Augustus to be mad at Lucy, since he has never told her how ****** his life is.
And even then, she might not as mentally tough as he is.
So he better keep that attitude of his in check and act calmly for once, unless he’s downright BEGGING for trouble.

Oprex January 10, 2013, 10:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #236403

…And the true feels come out.

By the way, why is Lucy’s muzzle pink-tinged in that last panel? Is it just the cold?

PocketGodPygmy January 11, 2013, 2:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #236459

No, no, Rose is still alive. She ran into her mom just a little bit ago. I can LIST who’s dead for you and why. But anyway, we’re not supposed to be talking about that here. AND ROBIN DIED?!?! I should catch up on my Batman, shouldn’t I? Thank you for responding.
Yes, I know. I was trying to make that point. I must not have been clear enough, so thank-you. I know how easy it is, I’ve been to the place Augustus thought Lucy was in

Kryph January 12, 2013, 4:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #236480

It’s just… Well, exactly how you said. And thanks for responding! :)
(Sorry for this, computer derped until a little bit ago.)

Kryph January 13, 2013, 1:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #238697

God and constitution endow everyone the right to surviving. Give up this right is the coward’s behavior, a person who can face the problem is a brave person. But a person who always shows up his(/her) courage by doing dangerous things is also a coward, because he(/she) doesn’t treat his(/her) right well. So, don’t do that again, Lucy.

Henry Wang February 11, 2013, 11:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #281880

I wonder why Auggie looks so shocked in that last panel..

RoseVee June 3, 2014, 12:26 AM EST.

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