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73. Ten Seconds to Midnight, page posted 1/23/13

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Comment ID #237179

Hmm, I knew there would be conflict. I think Taeshi is allergic to cohesion.
Can you imagine Paulo saying, “Jasmine, I don’t love you, and I never did. In fact, the only reason I dated you was because Paulo practically dared me.” Sparks will fly, they always do.
This is going to be a terrible party for so many reasons. Lucy’s eventually going to come, along with Augustus. Lucy will challenge Mike, and they will get into a screaming fight. Augustus will talk to Daisy, **** of Augustus and either get his face punched in, put Abbey in tears or both. Jasmine’s obviously going to be a little ticked if she finds out the truth. Then, eventually Paulo will leave and find Lucy screaming at Mike. He’ll probably intervene and when told the truth, scream at Mike as well. Then Daisy’ll come and defend Mike which will cause Abbey to come over, if he has not yet broken down and start yelling at Paulo, because he just does that and, for being a manwhore to Jasmine.
At least, in theory.

Nikita January 23, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #237180

And here’s that awkwardness people were talking about.

bjk January 23, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #237181

It was too convenient. Paulo still has time to come up with a good reason of his own or Paulo could just be honest with Jasmine and tell her that he is in love with Lucy.

supertails19 January 23, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #237182

And the drama continues… telling her your intentions may or may not be for the best…

Anon January 23, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #237183

Sure…let’s go with that Jazz.

AnayuWolf January 23, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #237184

Yeah not as much as you might think jazz

DinR January 23, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #237185

Told you guys a s**tstorm was coming.

Ditto January 23, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #237186

Not what i had in mind

FĂ©lix the Qc January 23, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #237187

Welcome back drama, take a seat. We’ve been expecting you…

Mr.Man January 23, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #237188


Where’s L.S.P and her signature ‘Drama Bomb!’ when you need her?

Keith January 23, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #237189

Her maturity is a beacon to us all. Paulo on the other hand, can’t keep himself out of drama for someone who does not reciprocate his feelings. You blockhead.

Ace January 23, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #237190

Ah, great

Bittersweet_PauloxLucy January 23, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #237191

paulo. what are you doing. paulo. paulO NO!

Moonpig January 23, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #237192

Though it may hurt to say it, it’s best to say it just to be honest…Though its safe to say they will still be friends regardless.

Blaze33405 January 23, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #237193

Oh man this is great! Finally a relationship without dra—godammit Paulo.

none January 23, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #237194

*poker face*

Uncle Green January 23, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #237195

Im tempted to say honesty is the best policy, but now Im afraid Jasmine will be hurt again. But its ok because they aren’t together anymore right? RIGHT?!!?

Frodomann1 January 23, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #237196

Just say yes, Paulo, and walk away. Please.

Anon-o-mis January 23, 2013, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #237197

David, where are you to make the awkwardness go away? DAVID!1

minty January 23, 2013, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #237198

and then drama ensues

Lucy January 23, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #237199

Oh, never mind…. The **** just hit the fan

Order_66 January 23, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #237200

Also it looks like not even Jasmine could avoid the drama forever. Jasmine was so great at diffusing drama filled situations, like in Back and Forth, but now it looks like the drama finally caught up to her. Paulo just be honest with Jasmine and walk away already.

supertails19 January 23, 2013, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #237201

The suddenly everyone dies finally ending this drama….

GrayFox January 23, 2013, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #237202


Drama January 23, 2013, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #237203

Oh, damn it.

Lie Paulo, Lie! Or at least make it relate!

Time issue leads to feelings for other girl?

DiDi January 23, 2013, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #237204

@ Supertails
Yes, yes I did…

Nikita January 23, 2013, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #237205

It’s okay, Paulo, just be honest. Given the last few pages, Jazmine will be understanding (hopefully), and will probably end up thinking “Oh thank God, it was the right choice after all -phew-. I mean wow, I just spared myself from SO. MUCH. DRAMA.” :O. She will be a little hurt, but I’m sure Jaz will see it was for the best. We already have girls being pretty hung over Mike, and it would suck, so much, if Jazzy and Paulo were caught in the same amount of drama as well. Well, for them, I mean :(

Subaru January 23, 2013, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #237206

So I guess time ISN’T the issue Paulo has with her??

Yxela007 January 23, 2013, 12:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #237207

Wouldn’t it be hilarious is it were “So why are you dumping me?” “WAIT YOU’RE WHAT”

Kuro January 23, 2013, 12:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #237208

Ok ok look, if eneything the entire I’m dumping you thing is was the part we all where afraid of, but I think shell understand If he just says, “jazz, I think I’m love with someone else, I don’t if it realy is love but its pretty damn close for me I hope you understand and we can be freinds.” That is waht you all better hope he says

lov/hate/hurt January 23, 2013, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #237209

DOH! I thought he will get away with it scott free

Darf14 January 23, 2013, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #237210

U done goof but im looking towards mike saying srry cause he was going to but than he got stopped and it would be a good new years revolution

Bbrad January 23, 2013, 12:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #237211

well…so mutch for a drama-free breakup.

foolishprototype001 January 23, 2013, 12:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #237212

idiot. stupid *bashes keyboard on face* stupid *bash* stupid *bash* stupid *bash*

Rylan January 23, 2013, 12:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #237213

What if Jasmine’s lying to him and is actually dumping him so she can get together with Lucy’s brother? Plot twist of the century right there.

Bleh January 23, 2013, 12:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #237214

Damn it, Paulo, SO close…..

jmcy3 January 23, 2013, 12:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #237215

I still don’t think it’ll blow up as big as you guys think. Come on. These guys are the two least drama-y characters in the series minus Sue. Jazz might be hurt but she’ll understand and thank Paulo for being honest. Or he’ll lie and then it’ll brew into a real drama filled chapter later. 8-D

@Nikita OR. Jazz will understand. (Paulo won’t say he never liked Jazz cause he clearly did, he’ll probably be like. “I uh, kinda like another girl..” Hopefully he doesn’t go all fruitcake :unsure: on Jazz) Lucy doesn’t show up and has some LucyxAugustus time. Paulo will get sad and then later peaved as hell. I’m hoping the aftermath of December doesn’t play out till after break. But you can never tell with Taeshi! She’s awesome like that.

Demetrois January 23, 2013, 12:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #237216

called it

unoppo January 23, 2013, 12:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #237217


Paulo, be the man and tell the truth. You’d better because lying might get you out for the time being, but will only make things worse later.

Mike, if Lucy DOES show, make sure you too are alone. If they catch wind of this little snafu before you can amend it, there’s gonna be so much DRAMA + an enraged Paulo.

:unsure:< Uhh…
:nope:< I’m gonna kick your *** soooo hard.

Gate January 23, 2013, 12:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #237218

And then it’s awkward

Shadow January 23, 2013, 12:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #237219


Elintepic January 23, 2013, 1:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #237220

Paulo, I know you can tell her, explain, put the spin on it that you actually love someone else, and that to continue what you two have would be horribly unfair not only to yourself, but especially to Jasmine. And it’s the truth. You know it. You can say it. You owe it to Jazz and yourself to be completely ****ING honest for once. Jazzy can handle it. You said so yourself. She’s mature for her age.

Explain it like that, and you’ll practically get off with her Scott-free.

C’mon Paulo. You can do it.

Yaschiri January 23, 2013, 1:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #237221

Dammit taeishi… for once can’t SOMETHING end on a good note? XD

SXR123 January 23, 2013, 1:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #237222

Dammit, Paulo, you were about to skip over the finish line, you were SOO damn close to getting away scott free!


Hope he’s honest. Lying might spare her feelings now, but she’s doubtlessly wondered about the time she found him carrying Lucy piggyback, and the “ribbon” thing with the snowman. Plus, it’d be hard to explain “the only problem was the schedule” if he’s seen with Lucy less than a week later.

Guessing January 23, 2013, 1:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #237223


Let’s put that maturity into test~

Rusco Istar January 23, 2013, 1:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #237224

@Nikita: Don’t worry about it, mistakes can happen. Just look at Paulo, he went from having a few laughs with Jasmine to having to come up with a good reason for breaking up with her. “Jasmine, I don’t love you, and I never did. In fact, the only reason why I dated you was because David practically dared me.” ^this answer will get him slapped(If not by Jasmine then by Lucy when she hears about this Mad Lucy).

“Sorry Jazz but i’m worried about Lucy, I dunno what happened but i’m going to find out… I don’t want you getting hurt because of me.” ^this answer will leave Jasmine sad but understanding. Now Paulo has a choice does he want to make Jasmine mad like Tess did to him or leave her behind sad and alone… while there is a party going on o.o. Wait this doesn’t seem right, why would Paulo do something so mean? The answer is that love makes people do crazy things.

Your theory is very interesting except Paulo already wants to teach Mike a lesson, Lucy made him promise not to though. Lucy has been very protective of Mike even after he told Lucy that he hates her. Lucy could of easily said something to Sandy about what happened with the text instead she basically wished Mike and Sandy good luck in their relationship. My point is that Lucy is more likely to rush to Mike’s defense as soon as the secret is out… unless Augustus convinces her otherwise. However if you consider that fact she couldn’t convince herself(back in the Story Summary: Starting Over) then Augustus might have his work cut out for him.

Anyways by the end of it all Mike is going to be a rather lonely korat(he will still have some friends though, but he can forget about ever having a fan club again :/ :x). The secret will be released… in due time. When it does expect drama levels of nuclear proportions D:. Only David will have the power to diffuse the situation 8-D.

@Nikita: I think I will end this post with this> If Lucy does go to the party(which I doubt because she is trying to avoid Mike and she doesn’t seem like much of a party girl :smirk:) it will be an emotional train wreck waiting to happen… Lucy does not need that. Lucy needs time with her thoughts and to surround herself with people that truly care about her as soon as she is done assessing her thoughts on the situation. Lucy will be ready when she is ready. Augustus already learned this lesson, now if Paulo could just learn that playing with people’s hearts is a bad idea… unless he eventually wants to get his heart broken(Mike this bit of advice is for you as well). Actually for Mike it is not advice it is more like foreshadowing and if Paulo is not careful the same will apply to him :(.

supertails19 January 23, 2013, 1:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #237225

Just when we thought things were going smoothly, this comes up. Well, can’t wait for the next page to see how everything goes.

A.T. January 23, 2013, 1:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #237226

Jazz, the apprentice to Sue and a good thing too. We need more level-headed characters amidst all the turbulent ones that makes this comic feel like a roller coaster ride trying to be balanced on a see-saw undersea. I mean the drama is great, but I never imagined so much of it could make me feel sea-sick AND motion-sickness at the same time.
What I am still trying to figure out is who’s more afraid of getting their feelings hurt. Jazz is laying it out and being very open, while Paulo is effectively just standing there going “duh” and hoping it’ll work out, which it is thanks to Jazz. (Come on Romeo, where’s your manhood? Step up!).
In other contradictory news, I agree with some of the commentators that Paulo should just say “yes” and walk away. It’s the smart move and I don’t think he should play the dice here, at least not too hard, and hope that Jazz’s capacity for understanding will extend to his bleeding heart sentiments for Lucy.
Might be a little too late though, because it looks like Jazz already knows the “time constraints” isn’t what’s concerning him. Make or break, buddy, make or break…

Blank On Purpose January 23, 2013, 2:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #237227

Mm, sure, they’ve broken up and it may seem fine, but honestly, it’s really awkward because if Paulo does tell her he loves somebody else, she’ll know that the feelings developed /during/ the relationship, meaning he never loved Jazz, or only for a short amount of time and has been lying to her for a while (which he has).

Angelar January 23, 2013, 2:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #237228

@Nikita - YES! I couldn’t put it better myself, but I would like to try though! I completely agree with Nikita’s theories, and would like to learnt my own, however, it’s quite obvious no one cares the slightest for long, well thought out comments anymore.


TraceLegacySSOF January 23, 2013, 2:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #237229

I love how the happy moments are always fleeting.

ila January 23, 2013, 2:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #237230

Uh Oh

Cavara January 23, 2013, 2:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #237231

@Frodomann1: At this point, Paulo is going to have come up with something really sweet to not hurt Jasmine’s feelings and it would only spare her feelings as long as she doesn’t know about how much he loves Lucy. Lying is not the way to go but neither is brutal honesty. Paulo needs to be honest about Lucy, but he can’t be all “I love her so much… that you could never compare to her.” That is the kind of lame line no one should ever be told Mad Lucy. Also you are right they are no longer together may the PauloXLucy shippers rejoice for the next few updates 8-).

@DiDi: Lies will only make things worse in the long run. Just ask half of the BCB cast or anybody that has played Portal before :D. Seriously though if you lie too much you will eventually create a very complex web of lies that you will be caught in. You do not want to be in that situation :nope:.

@Subaru: Paulo and Jasmine are kind of already getting sucked into the drama, they almost avoided this situation, but drama has a way of catching up to them. Mike is fast but he won’t be able to run away from his responsibilities forever.

@lov/hate/hurt: Jasmine is mature she can handle a little heartbreak, too bad Paulo is about to give her a lot of heartbreak :(.

Paulo: “Jazz do ya want me to be honest? :unsure:
Jasmine: “Of course I do, just tell me what’s wrong… and don’t worry I can handle it :).”
Paulo:”… I’m in love with Lucy… I have loved her for a long time :love:.”
Jasmine:”… Well that explains why you have been so distracted lately… I guess you don’t love me then :(.”
Paulo:”… Sorry for wasting your time. ”

That last line was the same line that Paulo gave Jasmine at the end of their fight(back in Pillow Talk). Then Paulo walks away and Jasmine cries softly for a bit. Hmm, if this happens the chances of them staying friends will be lowered they are too awesome together and I don’t want to see their friendship ruined ;_;.

Paulo do what Mike did not do in December: Be honest for the entire conversation 8-). Oh and be gentle. Wait why am I trying to give you advice? You’re the one with years of experience in break ups, you have this handled 8-D.

supertails19 January 23, 2013, 3:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #237232


LucyDucy January 23, 2013, 3:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #237233

Drama time! 8-D
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Zero January 23, 2013, 3:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #237234

…Aaaaaand the light-heartedness just flew out the window. C’mon Paulo, spill the beans. Jazzie didn’t let fear stop her from telling the truth - she’s setting an example for you, man.

Jazzie IS very mature for a freshman. I wish I had been that awesome three years ago :/.

PocketGodPygmy January 23, 2013, 3:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #237235

Dude you know, this is fine, maybe being sincere is good… But be prudent is even better.

HybridOtho January 23, 2013, 3:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #237236

Don’t back out now man, just tell her why you wanted to break up and get it out in the air.

Sure she might be a little hurt knowing you wanted to be with someone else during the later days you two were going out but at least she’ll know you were 100% honest with her.

I swear if he backs out of telling the truth, the respect I have gained for him will start to crumble.

DeathofInk January 23, 2013, 3:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #237237

I want to start by saying that Jasmine is too much of a nice girlfriend to deserve this. She is going to be sad at first but eventually she will get over this and someday Jasmine will find “the one” and she will look back at this moment and say “ah young love, it is not meant to last but it will always be memorable. Right Abbey?” he will respond with a simple “I still don’t see why you enjoyed spending time with him?”

@Ace: Your comment is a really nice way of saying: “Jasmine is very mature for her age and we can all learn a few things from her. Paulo not so much, he still believes he is in love with somebody that will never truly love him back.” I like it it sounds profound the way you said it even with that “blockhead” remark.

*Looks at Jasmine in panel 1 and then looks at Jasmine in Panel 2* Disappearing whiskers o.o… 3 updates in a row… I think sleep would be a smart idea for me now(because my eyes are obviously tired).
Good night.

supertails19 January 23, 2013, 4:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #237238

Oh man, that last expression Paulo makes: All i can think about is that one phrase from that one game.

“This is going to hurt.” popping up over his head as he’s looking away, in dead silence.

Spiffy January 23, 2013, 4:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #237239


I called it!

Angst will have its’ way!

Dr.Z January 23, 2013, 4:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #237240

You can never escape the drama … NEVER!!!!

Juerujin January 23, 2013, 4:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #237241

goddamn I thought it was going to be easy

welp… :nope:

Hiyoko January 23, 2013, 4:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #237242

If you think about it Paulo is pretty mature himself. He’s going to break up with Jasmine not only before he cheats on her but before he even knows if lucy likes him.

He’s better than like, 90% of guys/girls out there. I’m sure jazz will see this.

Also, been there/done that myself (the break up thing, not the cheat thing ;) )

Antonie January 23, 2013, 5:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #237243

How it should go:
“It’s… It’s Lucy Jazz. I can’t get her out of my head. I love her, you know? You’re wonderful, mature, smart and just… amazing but you deserve someone who can give you their heart and soul. I… can’t do that though.”

“… I understand Paulo… Good luck with her. If anyone can give her what she needs, it’s you.”

How it will go:
“It’s… Lucy Jazz. I love her, I can’t stop-”


That damn cat January 23, 2013, 5:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #237244

Any chance of playing it off is ruined by your facial expression. Gotta work on that man.

Anon-Anon January 23, 2013, 5:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #237245

If she just doesn’t want to be in a relationship at the moment, then why did she say she wants to “see other people”? I have an inkling that she’s fallen for someone else and just doesn’t want to say the truth.

Follarch January 23, 2013, 6:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #237246

OMG, paulo why the heck did u have to bring up, “why did you dump me?” thing???
IT WAS NOT VERY SMART. cause from what she says, she still like you. She is just too busy to be with you. so YOU bring up the “why did you dump me?” thing and ruin a perfectly non-drama ending between you guys.

epic lol, and you have o teach e how to do that :D :) :smirk:

butterflyslicer January 23, 2013, 6:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #237247

Well you see i really would not mind if Paulo was seeing another girl, like don’t get me wrong i would not “like” it. but we were not able to see each other very often and the whole relationship was just a bit pointless. like sandy and mike, mike was VERY patient and sandy was VERY dedicated… or at least no boy had the guts to approach her. but back to the point if paulo does like me for another women i will not freak out, but if you remember the time me and paulo fought i will most likely end up like that ^_^ so yeah.

Jasmine January 23, 2013, 7:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #237248

Paulo: “Nah, you sucked; not literally though, since you were too much of a square to give me a BJ.”

Troll January 23, 2013, 7:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #237249

First, every time I come on the Bittersweet Candy Bowl website my computer freezes for about 10 seconds. It only happens on on this site. I was wondering if anyone else has this issue.

Second, sorry but this bothered me, I don’t know if it was bad word choice or bad editing, or if the author was intentionally trying to throw us off (in which case it was bad writing). But the conversation kinda’ didn’t make sense.

Jazz went from saying “we should see other people” to “I like you, but I don’t have time for you and that’s not fair.” Well, when you tell someone “we should see other people” you are usually implying that: 1. I don’t think we are right for each other (and thus, this isn’t working out), and/or 2. I like someone else.

And from how the conversation is going, it doesn’t seem like Jazz wants Paulo to go off with a new girl while she finds someone else. It would have made more sense if she had told him “I don’t think this is working out” or “we need a break.”

So anyways, I think that was a bad word choice for this situation. The sudden change makes the conversation awkward. If this was a mistake, okay its cool. But if it was done with intent to confuse the audience I have to admit it shows a lack of experience. When trying to confuse the audience or lead them to another idea, you want to do it in a way that makes logical scene to the conversation, and do it subtlety.

At least that’s my opinion. No one else has to agree.
It’s just that this is the first thing I thought upon reading the page.
Again, just my opinion. I still like the comic. I’m not saying it sucks, I just think this one particular conversation could have been better planned out.

Lime Cake January 23, 2013, 7:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #237250

:( Jazz’s explanation reminds me of my romantic situation, now im scared

nobody42 January 23, 2013, 7:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #237252

Well there is a moron for you all

DrackeStalenTorgen January 23, 2013, 8:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #237253

Dont do it, its a trap!

Roki January 23, 2013, 8:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #237254

He walked right into that! What a doofus!

Leonard January 23, 2013, 8:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #237255

I personally think Jazz will be entirely understanding, disappointed, but understanding all the same.

Mayamayagirl January 23, 2013, 9:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #237256

Paulo: It’s because I like another girl……
Jazmine: Whuh?…… uh….. oh…. well I….. I change my reason! It’s because I like another person TO! It’s……. *grabs random guy* THIS GUY!
Random Guy: What?

Huh? January 23, 2013, 9:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #237257

Just agree you damn doof.

Sly January 23, 2013, 9:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #237258

Well, it seems that its going to be a somewhat difficult time to explain the truth. It is best he should tell the truth, that is what can and should do even if the truth hurts. Although, Paulo has loved Lucy the whole time, but as he said in chapter 45 that she’s high maintainence and so its difficult for him to accomplish getting into a relationship with her. Which leads to taking up Jasmine after that whole crazy situation where Lucy feels rejected by Paulo’s actions in chapter 55 and so on in that chapter. Now with his feelings for her starting to stir up again, it would be best that Paulo tells her about how he feels and doesn’t want to make Jasmine the neglected or betrayed one. In conclusion, it is for the best that he tells her the truth.

Keyblade Dragon January 23, 2013, 9:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #237259

And… Here comes the drama!! Nooooo!!!! D:

Vainilla January 23, 2013, 10:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #237260

On the one hand, I don’t what Jasmin to get hurt, but on the other hand, she’s a great girl that deserves to hear the truth D:

Laufente January 23, 2013, 11:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #237261

Hahaha….. yeah, almost seemed like Paulo was out of the woods there too. Jazz is pretty levelheaded though, I think she’ll understand.

Alfador January 23, 2013, 12:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #237262

@Zero: dude you made me choke on my juice.

sen January 23, 2013, 12:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #237263

Part of me is kinda hoping he gets slapped.

Otter guy January 23, 2013, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #237264

Why do people expect that if Paulo said it was the time issue and left it at that that it’d work out? If he DID somehow make things work with Lucy, that’d be incredibly awkward then …I wonder if Lucy will overhear their conversation and decide not to turn up or something …

Bob January 23, 2013, 1:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #237265

aaaaaannnd there goes the ‘actually going well’ breakup….

KaijinZero January 23, 2013, 2:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #237266

@Bleh: But Jordan already has somebody he likes. Besides Jordan and Haley would also make a good couple. It would be very easy for them to figure out the Mike and Lucy situation with the power of teamwork 8-D.

@Demetrois: Paulo becoming a fruitcake :unsure:… this i have to see to believe :/. Only because Paulo would then know what it is like to make hard desicions Abbey and Mike already know. This might just be Paulo’s most mature decision, if he is honest with Jasmine :x. The main cast has become so well developed that it is becoming harder for me to keep up with every single detail. In other words, I’m loving the character development up in here 8-).

@Gate: Hah. Why would Paulo’s dad say something like that to Mike? Maybe if Mike hurt his son, Paulo. Oh D:. An enraged Paulo versus a friend that is very fast and knows his weakness… this does not bode well for anybody involved ;.;.

@Yaschiri: It is true that Jasmine is mature for her age, but being told by your friend(that is what Paulo is to her for now) that he never loved her and that Lucy is the only one for him… well being told something like that hurts especially when you had feelings for that person. Before you try saying that Jasmine never cared for him let me just say that’s B.S. the girl cried after they had a fight second to last panel :/.

supertails19 January 23, 2013, 3:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #237267

Don’t get me wrong I agree that being honest is the best way to handle this situation, but how honest does Paulo have to be: Is he going to be 100% brutally honest with himself like Mike was(he was only honest with himself that’s about it :| ) or will he be somewhat honest(You know telling Jasmine that he loves Lucy, but also realizing Jasmine still has feelings for him and telling her that he cared about Jasmine at least a little). The second one would be better than Paulo saying that he is in love with Lucy and that he never loved Jasmine, not even once while they were together. You do not say something like that to a girl and expect to get away with it without dealing with the consequences later on. Maybe that is why people like him, Paulo is not afraid to deal with the consequences… even if it means making a girl cry ;_;.

supertails19 January 23, 2013, 3:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #237268

Paulo, if I were you, I’d probably say either “Yes, to be honest”, or “Um…kinda?” XD

I'll Eat Yourself January 23, 2013, 3:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #237269

Cue drama!

Pyre_of_Onyx January 23, 2013, 3:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #237270

Well i for one think that paulo will make jasmin feel all akward at the party lucy will talk to auggie and s somehow get to the party convincing auggie to go and shell yell fight with mike stopping the akwardness between paulo and jazzy then theyll take sides with paulo auggie will talk to daisy getting in a fight with abbey and daisy leaves them to defend mike while tess ans sue watch in amusement and sadness for there friends because they love drama MY PREDICTION IF ONE OF THESE THINGS HAPPENS TAESHI MUST HAVE READ IT :O :) D: XD :x :D :( ;) :/ ;_; ._. 8-D 8-) :-* #^_^# Furious Abbey :love: :nope: Mad Lucy :smirk: :unsure: :question:

CarlyGirl January 23, 2013, 4:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #237271

Yeeeeeaahhhh….. time….

Tcj333 January 23, 2013, 4:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #237272

Its because you won’t put out.

Titanium Dragon January 23, 2013, 5:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #237273

Oh no! So close!!! Paulo, why does your face have to tell all?! ._.

akipolies January 23, 2013, 5:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #237274

ho yeah jazz definetly *ahem* :unsure:

Giodude January 23, 2013, 6:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #237275

Oh Drama, you are never far away from the BCB universe, are you? Welp, see you Friday ^_^

Kanna January 23, 2013, 6:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #237277

@Paulo SPIT IT OUT! If that scarf wearing pansy can smash someones heart to pieces with lies and rage, then you can gently break her’s by telling the truth :/

Nevermind you are just as oblivious as that scarf wearing *** hole. :/

You rarely don’t surprise me. :)
Which is good I think Rachael needs her fix for the day.
Well there goes my theory of massive drama on page 30 :/
I am still impatiently waiting to see how Lucy and Mike interact. I have been waiting since August 12th 2012! 7 more pages though…. WHY YOU TORMENT ME?!? WHY?!?

You sir are king(I mean first to post).
I like your theory but I think once Abbey finds out what the fight is about, I will side with Lucy. Abbey VS Daisy? NAH! Daisy will hopefully side with Lucy.

Someone January 23, 2013, 7:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #237278

Paulo, regardless of the fact that she was leaving you anyway, telling someone that you’re leaving them for another woman tends to end in anger and screaming.

Richthofen January 23, 2013, 7:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #237279

since this comic never has enough drama, paulo is going to say “yes” or something, then later on jasmine will discover that the reason was another…

… but it would be too predictable this way, and taeshi is never predictable.

boh... January 23, 2013, 7:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #237280

I say, better he tell her the truth than lie to her about it

Sambo January 23, 2013, 7:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #237281

@ Someone
I don’t think so. if Abbey sides with Lucy, he’ll be on the same side a Paulo. I think that Paulo being on that side would be enough to change his opinion. Also, Daisy will always side with Michael as she is still in to him. She also still kind of dislikes Lucy for taking Mike all those years ago.

Nikita January 23, 2013, 8:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #237282

*most evil grim evah*

Gea January 23, 2013, 8:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #237283

Tell her the truth, Paulo.

Tell her you must be with the one you truly love.

Tell her you can’t bear being with her any longer.

Because you love Mike.

Hullabaloo January 23, 2013, 8:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #237284

Can i please have some augustus x jasmine thank you

i just think they would make a nice pairing okay

Dannae January 23, 2013, 8:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #237285

Oooh, how bout dat Mood Whiplash?!

Aiight Paulo, ball’s in your court right now…

Chocothunda January 23, 2013, 9:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #237286

Paulo you idiot you should have just said the same thing!

Gershnargin January 23, 2013, 9:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #237287

hahaha that was pretty smart paulo xD

Knight-A January 23, 2013, 9:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #237288

We now interrupt the most pleasant break up ever with an unpleasant break up with no hope of reconciliation. We hope you’re happy, and if not, too bad, more dramatic this way.

The Real Lee January 23, 2013, 10:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #237289

@lime cake,

“Jazz went from saying ‘we should see other people’ to “I like you, but I don’t have time for you and that’s not fair.” Well, when you tell someone “we should see other people” you are usually implying that: 1. I don’t think we are right for each other (and thus, this isn’t working out), and/or 2. I like someone else”

“we should see other people” could simply be that jazz felt that there’s something wrong in the relationship and the time issue is what she felt was wrong. Basically she felt it was her that was wrong for the relationship and decided it’s best for Paulo if she took herself out of the relationship but not out of the friendship.

I think that you are under the impression that when a couple breaks up that means they can’t be friends anymore (completely untrue, some of my closest female friends are my ex’s). Her follow up of saying “I like you” is more along the lines of “I like you as a friend”. Basically she wants to break up but she still wants to be friends with Paulo and do what’s best for her friend.

strider January 23, 2013, 11:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #237291

She don’t know he wanted to break up for a upgrade. In my opinion losing jazz for lucy is a downgrade. Lucys got to many isshues

JustSomeCritic January 24, 2013, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #237292

@JustSomeCritic: Let’s not forget that Paulo had a crush on Lucy since middle school(where he was too shy to talk to her). Paulo was completely nice at first but that niceness is kind of covered up now(thanks to Alejandro’s training) and it will still show up occasionally, but mostly when he is around somebody he really likes. As for that “downgrade” remark all I have to say to that is: Really? Let me know when you are ready to have a serious conversation :/.

supertails19 January 24, 2013, 12:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #237293

Congrats, Paulo. It takes guts to avoid the easy route. You have my respect. Now just say it simply: “I think I’m in love with someone else.” Then go hug David, just to throw her off. It’s technically honest, the best kind! ;) :P

Coyote January 24, 2013, 12:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #237295

Well, you all gotta remember, he was, at one point going to break up with Jazmine for the time issue, so that is not exactly a lie, however, I also think Jazz deserves to know the truth about Paulo’s love for Lucy. I mean, Paulo said it himself, “You’re so mature, Jazz,” she will take it the right way, I know it. As long as he words it right… Heck, she might even smile and say “Good luck!” That sounds very Jazz-like, don’t you think?

Alaystus January 24, 2013, 1:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #237296

@Nikita: If Daisy finds out about what Mike said to Lucy she might lose interest. If her obsession with Mike is that strong then it is safe to say that Abbey won’t have a chance at a long successful relationship with her anymore. Contrary to what Mike believes his friends are also Lucy’s friends so they will likely feel bad about what she has been through because of him.

Mike will regret what he said to Lucy one way or another. Mike will be left all alone, his own fan club and friends will hate him or at least disapprove of what he did. They could ask him why he did what he did and be understanding of it or they could decide that he is not worth listening to anymore. Mike could try to play the “I was bullied” card, but after what he said to Lucy it is not going to work.

When his family finds out he’ll be grounded and given a well deserved talking to. He won’t be allowed to use his phone anymore, because that will be the only punishment that will actually feel like a punishment to him. Sandy will leave several messages for him but after a few months they will stop.

It is now Junior year: Abbey, Daisy, David, Lucy, Mike, Paulo and others are all in the same homeroom like always, yet Mike is sitting all alone with nobody to talk to. Until a familiar face decides to sit next to him. They start talking again like old friends and for the first time in months Mike is happy again. Mike: “Hey before you go to your next class I just want to say thanks for talking to me again, Lucy.” Lucy walks to her next class with a smile on her face because she finally has Mike all to herself and no one will ever stand between them again. THE END.

A bittersweet ending for a bittersweet comic. This is just one of many possible outcomes if Mike does not apologize to Lucy until it is too late. I also have one for Paulo and Augustus. Bittersweet Candy Bowl it can distract you from drama with more drama.

@Nikita: All this is assuming that Mike’s secret gets let out before he has a chance to apologize to Lucy. I know Mike will apologize but whether it is alone with Lucy or in front of a huge crowd is still up for debate. I hope for during the play in front of all their friends and classmates, but I will most likely adore how it actually happens a lot more.

I think I will end this comment by saying sorry for all the words and have a good night.

supertails19 January 24, 2013, 2:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #237299

Abbey hates bulling do you remember?


DO NOT apologize for you long comments. I love reading them :)
I love your prediction for what will happen(in your last comment)
I really don’t think Mike will apologize to Lucy until he is forced to. I really hope he takes her aside; if he apologizes in front of all those people, it could look like he is doing to be nice and not that he is actually sorry.

This crazy idea just popped into my head: If the gang(the main cast[that is who I was referring to in one my 26 predictions]) finds out “December” I picture of course Lucy would be there and next to Mike. Paulo would stomp over there and punch Mike as hard as he can right in the face. BUT Lucy moves in front to take the punch instead. Knocking her out and to the floor.
Now I want that to happen. O.o Why? Think about it.

Someone January 24, 2013, 1:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #237300

I just wanted to point out that out of the entire BCB cast, Paulo is the one who has emotionally matured the most since the beginning of the comic. (You might say Abbey, but he was already mature) I like Paulo’s entire character arc so far, even when he hasn’t known how to handle all his conflicting feelings.

KG January 24, 2013, 2:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #237303

paulo, good bye been nice knowing you

mymanleo January 24, 2013, 5:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #237308

@ Supertails
Remember when Mike was called a cheater and then the Feminist Crack-Squad assaulted him multiple times? Then, in like a month or two, they had completely forgotten? Though I don’t know for sure, I’m pretty sure that girls regard being a cheater as greater wrong than staying faithful by extreme measures.
If they were able to forget that that quickly, I’m quite certain that they wont care about this for very long. Also, if Mike does get found out, he will likely play the ‘bullied card’. I’m sure some girls will see through this but considering the way they follow him around, I think they’ll believe him, if for no other reason than to gain his favor.
Also, if his family does take away his phone, they wont do it for months. Maybe a month at most, allowing him to return to Sandy rather quickly.
Lastly, that would be the most annoying ending ever.
@ Someone
In his ‘Crusade’ against bullying, he has himself become his bully by being a jerk to people who he considers bullies, whether they really are or not. For example, he hates Paulo. Is Paulo really a bully? No, not really. He just plays harmless practical jokes. Despite this, Abbey is always being a jerk to him.

Nikita January 24, 2013, 7:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #237309

I remember before he got on Mike about how he was neglecting Daisy and how hiding his feelings for Lucy and acting like neither of them matter.
He did go crazy but I don’t think he will side with Paulo or Mike. But he will side with Lucy. What I mean this that he will side with Lucy regardless who sides with her.
Here Abbey is calling out Mike and Mike knows it:

Someone January 24, 2013, 9:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #237310

AAAAAAAAAAAAAND it goes STRAIGHT back to awkward……

Ud the Imp January 24, 2013, 9:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #237312

@Someone: So you want Paulo to look like a bad guy by having him punch Lucy? Besides crushing the hopes and dreams of PauloXLucy shippers, what do you think this will accomplish? More drama, a big fight between Mike and Paulo or hurting Lucy even more… you can accomplish 2 of them without having Paulo punch her. Have Paulo stop his punch before it makes contact. Lucy has been through enough already :(.

@Nikita: You’re right Paulo is not a bully, he just likes hitting Mike and having a bunch of girls join him :/. When he told Jessica and Rachel about it he looked like he was proud of what he did. Mike nearly died and Lucy was only unharmed because of Mike’s aerial skills. Yeah, Paulo’s “practical jokes” are not as harmless as you think -_-.

Thanks for the critique, it was something I came up with real quick so I was not expecting a lot of positive remarks. I am glad you are honest :).

@Someone: Abbey was not talking about Mike being a bully. Abbey was just talking about the school’s bully problem. That last panel shows 2 people(we know of) that have been physically bullied recently(as of Chapter 62). Also Abbey is going to be too conflicted to choose between Mike and Lucy(assuming that Daisy goes straight to Mike :smirk:).

supertails19 January 24, 2013, 9:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #237313

@ Someone
I’d say this proves that Mike and Paulo are friends overall, despite all of the minor bullying. Also, your mentioned ‘practical joke’ wasn’t exactly a practical joke but more of a horrible, unintended mistake resulting from a little game where all of the participants were both willing and expecting the intended results.

Either way, we will (hopefully) see the answer to the debate shortly.

Nikita January 24, 2013, 10:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #237315

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaawkwaaaaaaaaaaaard :o haha epic spoiled happy moment ^^ sometimes it might be better to leave things as they are it seems haha

the swedish dude January 24, 2013, 11:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #237387

Plaulo: “You’re so mature, Jazz”… 8-)
WTH, not mature enough even to have a bf doesn’t mean you’re mature at all! Furious Abbey
If you truely loved Paulo, if he was your soulmate you would have stayed with him even if it took until the end of your school years! And HECK, why did you sign-up for so many after school activities you did not have to in the first place Jazz + I really do not know why you lead him on… couldn’t even kiss him or do some yiffing… 8-D
Oh yes, Taeshi… I just went there, we all know furries like me read this comic too!

FluffyFen January 25, 2013, 7:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #238716

Errr… In what, exactly, dumping others because you can’t put your own stuff after them is “mature” ?

D.Durand February 12, 2013, 5:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #260042

holy **** all of that tension and it won’t end in eternal hatred. Thank the furry gods for paulo and whatever magic keeps him fun

Wasmo September 23, 2013, 6:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #271852

No Jasmine actually the Lucy issue was on my mind

Yes January 6, 2014, 7:35 PM EST.

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