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73. Ten Seconds to Midnight, page posted 12/17/12

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Ten Seconds to Midnight — Page 7
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Comment ID #234287

Personally, I wasn’t aware that Jess disliked Paulo. To be honest, she seemed, if nothing else, guilty. Still though, impressive eye twitch drawing.
Ohh, I get it! She means Lucy! That makes sense! Even though there is a good chance Lucy may not even be coming.
Still though, it’s a good thing to know that Rachel has gotten over it. Even if it seems like Jess never will

Nikita December 17, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #234288


lov/hate/hurt December 17, 2012, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #234289

So Lucy is coming to the party… sweet. Tess is acting like she was expecting them to be here maybe she invited them because she wants to be their friends.

Tess keep on guessing you will eventually run out of boy names and you’ll go “oh.” I wonder how long it will take before Jess admits her feelings to you know who.

supertails19 December 17, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #234290

Wait,wait no lucy

lov/hate/hurt December 17, 2012, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #234291

So jess dose have a thing for lucy?

Sahchan December 17, 2012, 12:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #234292

Choose your words carefully Tess or you might end up regretting it.

Nimbus26 December 17, 2012, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #234293

Pffft it’s obviously Abbey

Not Mike December 17, 2012, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #234294

oooooh i think the Lucy confession is coming…..

bunnyclub December 17, 2012, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #234295

@Nikita I think the dirty look was more at Rachel than Tess. Probably because Rachel mentioned “a certain someone” (obviously Lucy) I don’t think Jess hates Paulo. Wouldn’t be any reason to, he didn’t do anything to her that I can recall. It’ll be an interesting play out though.

Legion December 17, 2012, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #234296

As long as I love seeing interactions between other characters… -ripping at hair- I /just/ want to see what’s going to happen to Lucy and Mike. Dx! Seriously, I’m all happy to see that Tess may be actually making friends with these girls but I just want to see if Lucy changes for the better or the worst… -rolls around- This story does feel like it’s flat lining right now…

Maybe it’s just the suspense…

Nanai December 17, 2012, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #234297

@ Legion
God forbid Tessa guesses right, though.

Nikita December 17, 2012, 12:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #234298

If Jess does say anything about Lucy, I don’t see her saying it to Tess unless she has a very sudden massive change of heart.

Telta December 17, 2012, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #234299

Dat face.

Frodomann1 December 17, 2012, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #234300

That face. That horrible face of anger… will haunt my dreams tonight. Also, what’s with Tess’ constant hair style changes? I personally liked her very first one.

Sanitarium December 17, 2012, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #234301

Jess’s facial response to that. She is just absolutely disgusted. Wow.
I mean, she can’t really expect Tess to know, right?

Dat dress, doe…

Naoki December 17, 2012, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #234302


When the comic is focusing on Mike and Lucy:
“Ughh i’m sick of Mike and Lucy’s drama, why can’t we see other characters wahhh!!!”
When the comic is focusing on other characters:
“Ughh I wanna know what’s going on with Mike and Lucy this comic is flatlining wahhh”

In short: Deal with it :U

Taeshi December 17, 2012, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #234303

She totally wants the Lucy…. ;)

eatedurtaco December 17, 2012, 12:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #234304

Taeshi!! Loving that your bringing all characters into light <3

Also, what’s this with everyone saying that Jess only came because Lucy was coming?

Gabria93 December 17, 2012, 12:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #234305

@taeshi, that is exactly rite, why not spice up new drama, like david how can he be in highschool and not be effected by eneything why not make him cunfront the flower girl or maybe bring in a new character for the story, hell focous on paulo for a little bit

lov/hate/hurt December 17, 2012, 12:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #234306

@bunnyclub I really hope she doesn’t tell everybody about her fight with Mike. It’s something that i personally think that must be solved between Lucy and Mike. If someone else enter in the problem, well, i know for my own experience that her relationship with Mike will be broken forever. People entering a fight always chooses a side and that just creates more division and the problem gets bigger. This fight is something private matter.

ChileanGuy December 17, 2012, 12:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #234307

Yep. Definitely Lucy! ;)

Jupi December 17, 2012, 12:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #234308

@Nikita GAH tell me about it lol. It’d end with tess’ head on a pike or Jess’ face bright red… Maybe both… Well regardless I have my coffee and a blanket. I’m good to go. XD

The expressions in this page are quite good I might add. You never cease to impress the eye and mind, taeshi. Keep up the good work. :)

Legion December 17, 2012, 12:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #234309

@Taeshi I just love all this delicious drama you got goin’ here. All the characters get their moment, it is wonderful.

Dracain December 17, 2012, 12:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #234310

Here’s a box of cookies.
Various other phrases of approval for that comment.

Neospector December 17, 2012, 12:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #234311

Oh man is this actually happening iS JESSLUCY BEGINNING TO RISE.
And by saying beginning to rise I mean being acknowledged c:

Oso De Clare December 17, 2012, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #234312

I like how rachel just call tess hoebag in some morbid charming way, like she is not mad whith her anymore. :P

LevitaOmnia December 17, 2012, 12:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #234313

Is it me, or is Tess slightly darker in this page?

Bittersweet_PauloxLucy December 17, 2012, 12:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #234314

Why is everyone saying it’s Lucy Jess wants?

And yes, I do support Jess and Lucy together :3

Gabria93 December 17, 2012, 1:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #234315

Every time we see Rachel, I like her a little more :)

MissShellGiraffe December 17, 2012, 1:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #234316

@Taeshi: Word! xD

As it goes for me, I still find this comic interesting in almost all of its facets. (Almost because I’m mainly ignoring the fandom :P) I don’t read that many webcomics and I’ve already quitted some because they weren’t entertaining enough. But not this one!
(This is even more interesting due to the fact this is a webcomic about cats and dogs.)

Naity December 17, 2012, 1:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #234317

Rachel looks very pretty.
And yes, great eye twitch face. XD

StraightFace December 17, 2012, 1:26 AM EST.

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Shiloh December 17, 2012, 1:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #234319

Deeper and deeper you dig yourself in, sister.

Lo December 17, 2012, 1:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #234320

Ku ku ku ku!

Careful, Tess!

Anon December 17, 2012, 1:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #234321

I say Jessica is expecting Lucy. Ha ha! Lesbians!

ScrabMaster December 17, 2012, 1:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #234322

Tess is NEVER going to guess. At all. XD

Subaru December 17, 2012, 1:33 AM EST.

Comment ID #234323

Ha ha! Lesbians.

Personally I don’t get the people who complain about the focus of the story at a particular moment. I was pretty excited when Augustus showed up at the beginning of the chapter, but I didn’t start bitching when consequent pages didn’t show him. That’s because I realize a thing called pacing exists, and that scene is going to have significance eventually. You guys will get your resolution with Lucy and Mike eventually, whether it’s a good one or not! Things need to roll along first though! They aren’t the only characters in this story, you know. Everything has a domino effect, and all the events will have their place in the grand scheme of things. Besides, it wouldn’t be very realistic if they solved everything straightaway, time does need to pass a little first, and although it’s hard to tell because we only get updates a couple of times a week (which is better then most webcomics, so BSCB readers are kind of spoiled.) in the story not much time has passed at all really! So please bear that in mind and quell your complaints. If you don’t find the story enjoyable in it’s current form, it’s easy to find other sources of entertainment.

Sorry if that was a little meta, but I felt it had to be said.

Lumi December 17, 2012, 1:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #234324

It is a comic, but what are comics based on but imagination and what we understand in today’s world, it would be quite interesting to see a different sort of relationship within the BCB universe (infer at what I mean people)

Dat face of jessica’s

Am I the only one surprised at Jessica’s reaction? Yes Paulo and Tess have hooked up before, but they were each other’s first. Regardless of Paulo dating Jasmine, I would think that they would at least try to be friends or something…

foreveryoung5 December 17, 2012, 1:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #234325


When have I complained when the story focused too much on Lucy and Mike? I barely comment in the first place (xD) and I honestly never remembered complaining about anything in the story other than discussing some points on the story with other commenters… I think that was only around the Sandy chapter too… If anything I was merely expressing my suspense, though I suppose it came out sort of wrong. I didn’t expect such a reaction.

I apologize? Lol. xD

Nanai December 17, 2012, 2:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #234326

I honestly can’t even begin to fathom how this story can possibly end with Mike x Lucy, but that’s how it’s supposed to end, and if there’s one thing that’s not going to change, “It’s the ending.”

Mhm. December 17, 2012, 2:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #234327

And thus, taking into consideration the above comments, a new love was born between Jess and Lucy. The drama in BCB was forever sealed and laid to rest. Amen.

Blank On Purpose December 17, 2012, 2:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #234328



Sahchan December 17, 2012, 3:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #234330

UGH wanna see what’s gonna happen with Final Fantasy Guy (teehee) and Lucy! SOMETHING MORE is GOING to happen there! T~T

Niji December 17, 2012, 4:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #234331

@Taeshi: Good one :D

Death of Ink December 17, 2012, 4:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #234332

i think its lucy.

Johnneh December 17, 2012, 4:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #234333

I could just hear music playing when Jess made that face

DFS December 17, 2012, 4:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #234334


Gnukko December 17, 2012, 4:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #234335

OMGOMGOMG Maybe there will be a super awesome LuckyxJessica friending/awkward confession type arc WHHEEEEEEE :D <3

Lolly December 17, 2012, 5:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #234336

Lucy, period.

lolman33 December 17, 2012, 5:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #234337

I think Jessica’s face deserves a reaction image

Mightyena December 17, 2012, 6:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #234338

Why would Lucy show up? She’s skipped pretty much every event, even before the drama unless Mike was going. Why would she go to this party? Was that what her mom meant? I’m confused but it seems like Lucy coming to this party would completely over run all the hard work she’s been doing to remove herself from the group and from mike.

Guhhhhh….My brain, does not understand.

ClaraCosplay001 December 17, 2012, 6:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #234339

I absolutely adore how Tess looks in this style. Her eyes are very appealing :3

Pot-of-Gold December 17, 2012, 7:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #234340

This particular page reminds me of Fosters Home, for some reason. Can’t remember if I liked that show or not.
Also, lesbian humor is the best kind of humor! Except for the other types if humor excluding puns, because lesbian humor should be treated the same as any other humor!
Curtisimo - Equality in the Deep South

Curtisimo December 17, 2012, 7:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #234341

Oh Jess, dat face. XD
Don’t worry, we all want Lucy to show up. :P

Dreamsofcrows December 17, 2012, 7:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #234342

You have a lot of good build-up in this chapter already! I love the pacing and anticipation to see Lucy from several parties. Lots to unfold! High fives for this page, too, it made me laugh.

avocado December 17, 2012, 7:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #234343

Haha that look on Jess’s face in pane 9. I love it. It’s just so hilarious.

UmbreonGal December 17, 2012, 7:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #234344

Well you know you DID sleep with him…… under most circumstances…..

Huh? December 17, 2012, 9:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #234345

Abby? *twitchy eye*

…Augustus? *TWITCHY EYE!*

…..someone I don’t know?

Follarch December 17, 2012, 10:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #234346

@Taeshi Well said.

In the meantime, Im liking where this is going in general! We probably get to see Lucy and Mike forced into the same room together, AND all the side characters at the same time!

Rylan December 17, 2012, 10:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #234347

Aww Jess.
She wants to get in Lucy’s pants.
Ain’t that sweet?

Wr3h December 17, 2012, 10:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #234348

Aww snap, Jessica’s also there.
And if Tess stays SOMEWHAT sober for once, then I wouldn’t be surprised if they all suddenly asks Mike about Lucy’s whereabouts.
He can’t ******** his way out of that, so he’d either have to admit what he’s done, or lie like a bigshot lawyer.

And he can’t lie forever, so in that case he’s just digging his own grave deeper.
And if he admits, he’s still screwed, though to a less extend.

He’d be better off making a grand escape ASAP.

Kerosene December 17, 2012, 10:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #234349

When sorry is on Mike and Lucy I Never feel that way, HONEST! :”(
When it is on others…I always feel that why. :/

Its Lucy… think Jess and Lucy have possibly becomes friends(not lovers -_-) remember in “Pillow Talk” they made peace! And possibly became friends!:) The next Panel I predict will be Jess is in rage over hearing that *******’s name.
in other words

NOT! Why? Drama of course. I see that maybe just maybe Lucy actually wanted to go to the party, and actually see for herself if she really does have friends. Probably have a good time! Shorty to turn around and see with the same grim-some face from “December” on Mike and remember the very reason why she was probably afraid to go, and flee the scene crying of course… SOMEONE PLEASE GIVER HER HUG!

Why do I have the feeling she is going to show up(with her new lifeless look) right before **** is about to go down walk over to Mike(with her lifeless look) and tell everyone there is nothing wrong… then either remain lifeless, cry, laugh, or completely lose it.

Someone December 17, 2012, 11:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #234350

“Everything has a domino effect”
-remembers Disaster Dominoes-
Oh no.
Taeshi is making this canon.

Wr3h December 17, 2012, 11:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #234351

You can play the guessing game in the snow all you want, Tess, but you would probably not get it right.

Keyblade Dragon December 17, 2012, 11:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #234352

Well well well.. from what we saw on the previous pages it doesn’t look like Lucy is going to be at the party (unless her family can convince her otherwise, which I highly doubt) and now we’re sure this matter won’t pass unnoticed.

Cavara December 17, 2012, 12:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #234353

If Lucy does show up, she will probably not tell anyone what is wrong and say she is fine which she will probably be called out on by someone.

Moogle December 17, 2012, 12:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #234354

Well, too bad she probably won’t be coming. Unless her mom was talking about forcing her to go to that party, but it didn’t sound that way…

Laufente December 17, 2012, 12:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #234355

We love you taeshi

Zany December 17, 2012, 12:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #234356

i wonder if Jess came out to anyone besides Rachel? He apparent crush on Lucy is really cute :D

Also I am sort of in love with tess’s dress <3

Iris December 17, 2012, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #234357

I don’t know if it’s just me, but Tess looks even more beautiful than ever. Is it the coloring?

DarthStar December 17, 2012, 3:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #234358

I just noticed in my earlier post I put “Sorry” instead of “Story”
Panel 3 that face Rachael is making is pure epic!
Also I want that jacket that Jess is wearing OH and some aviator shades.
Predict that a lot of predictions are the same… Mike’s big secret isn’t going to be a secret anymore… So much for Mike making up. Now I am curious of everyone predictions of what happens when the secret is out! I think Mike is going to be the New Tess(the old Tess…). Oh and Mike they wouldn’t be joining you! I think after all this **** goes down… Why do I have the feeling Lucy will go see Mike and try to be his friend after this all happens…WHY?

Someone December 17, 2012, 3:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #234360

Whoop whoop we are getting to the fact that Jess likes Lucy, I was wondering when that would come up. I’m a cheater the tumblr blog gave away Jess’s feelings for Lucy

Sam December 17, 2012, 4:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #234362

Am I the only one who doesn’t think the Mike/Lucy drama is getting stale?
I enjoy all the storylines in this comic. Except maybe Abby.

Gentle Reader December 17, 2012, 4:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #234363

@Lumi: Thank you for saying something so insightful. Some people don’t appreciate a good thing while they have it. I will definitely enjoy the 3 updates a week for as long as possible. Hey the way I see it 3 updates a week is a lot better than 3 updates a month. Mike doesn’t appreciate how good his life is right now. Mike you are at a party enjoy it while you still can. 8-D go have some punch before you get punched 8-).

If anybody wants more than 3 a week feel free to check out all the other NER or one of Taeshi’s tumblers(Taeshi Diary is one of them). If you still have extra free time(congrats), please be respectful of others, in this case the wonderful author who takes time out of her day to give us this great comic. She has a life, so please think about that next time you complain about the story being boring or some other LIE like that. (this is not directed to Lumi, only to those who whine about updates or the story.

We have been getting 3 updates a week for years, so why is anybody complaining? “The story is flat-lining” really :question:? Since when are you a storyteller? Since when does a story not have some sort of suspense before a climax? We are not even halfway done with this story and if you are thinking that this story will be over in one week THINK again. Sorry for getting upset I keep forgetting that some people care about themselves more than they care about others-_-.

Side note: Rachel’s speech bubble looks different maybe she whispers to Tess. Don’t know why she would want to keep it a secret from Jessica.

@Gentle Reader: No you are not the only one. :) Abbey’s story is one i’m not going to read again but that is for personal reasons.

supertails19 December 17, 2012, 4:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #234365


Technically that is not the ending. If you look at the “About” page, it is always flickering between yes and no. However, at this point, signs point to no, simply because Mike tore into Lucy’s soul for no reason, especially when she was actually accepting the relationship that Mike had with Sandy. And the sad thing is, the reason she was so guarded was that she was afraid of losing Mike. If she wasn’t an emotional wreck before, she is now. There will have to be one hell of an act of God to even come close to salvaging anything of a romance. Best Guess is either Paulo or Augustus, when he gets his act together.

Renadt December 17, 2012, 5:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #234366

A comic that updates 3 times a week… That is awesome and never missing an update!!! someone give taeshi a truck load of cookies or whatever she wants! I read/follow 8 other comics and the most they update other than BCB is 2 times a week, and only two update 2 times week.

I don’t know but maybe because of “December” and “Just Beautiful” we all really want to see what happens next! The fact it has been year since “Just Beautiful” ended and we have had a lot of intermission, I can see why people are a little impatient. I am one of those people. But it is said the best things in life come to those who wait. Since we waited about a year, I predict this is going to be an awesome chapter! ;) Keep up the good work Taeshi! :)

This comic is predicted by taeshi to end sometime in 2015, so MikexLucy may still have a chance! But only Taeshi knows >.>

Someone December 17, 2012, 5:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #234367

Magical Rucy-chan will mend the broken purple moggy heart!

…Yeah right.

StushiJaguar December 17, 2012, 7:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #234369

damn i got so freakin lost with the weirdass revamp of the links and strips… what was wrong with the pages being in chronologically uploaded order? my old link didnt work…

Purity December 17, 2012, 11:04 PM EST.

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Wafflman December 17, 2012, 11:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #234371

LOL love teashi’s star comment. Ok sunopsis: Tess invited them….Balls. That had to take courage. Second, OMG!!!!!! Were finnaly getting into Jessica liking lucy XD. Been waiting for that. 3rd, i believe it won’t happen this chapter, this has to be when the line is drawn between lucy and mike. Last: CAN’T FREAKING WAIT FOR LUCYXJESSICA XD. FYI i’m no furry lover. Lesbians r fun :P

JustSomeCritic December 18, 2012, 1:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #234372

Also must note: Look at jessica’s face at the paulo comment, her first shure puts her on edge. Fin.

JustSomeCritic December 18, 2012, 1:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #234373

Seriously, why do all characters seem to fall for Lucy? Just because she’s pretty? Come on, people, get your act together and see the train wreck behind the pretty face…

thedragon133 December 18, 2012, 3:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #234374

Rachel and Jess are my favorite characters.

@ the dragon. Crazy girl give the best sex.

Fluffy December 18, 2012, 4:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #234375

I just love how pessimistic Jess looks. I bet Rachel didn’t really have to try hard to convince her and Jess jumped at the chance to see some friends. She is just keeping the tough exterior to other people. Maybe to impress a certain ‘someone’.

Jade December 18, 2012, 6:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #234377

Um, sorry to burst a few bubbles, but I do believe taeshi stated that there wouldn’t be any homosexual relationships. Sorry for the jessxlucy shippers. I’m sure most are aware, but I figured I state it jus for the sake of clearing it up for those who weren’t.

Legion December 18, 2012, 3:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #234378

But the trouble they stir up afterwards, hoo boy, it ain’t worth it.

And how many times haven’t things been changed later on or tweaked in this story?
Besides, got any proof?

zarf December 18, 2012, 3:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #234379


SkullCandy December 18, 2012, 5:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #234381

It’s Daisy.

Otter guy December 18, 2012, 6:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #234383

When the comic is doing anything at all

“Ughh i’m sic of all the angst dramma! when is the comic gonna focus on DAVID??”“

KitsuneHonor December 18, 2012, 10:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #234384

I acctualy want to know y jessica likes lucy. When they met they had a catfight, lol no pun. Then at her b day they had another catfight. They have fought eachother, so i wonder where in the catfight did jessica fall for lucy?

JustSomeCritic December 18, 2012, 10:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #234385

@JustSomeCritic: Love works in mysterious ways. :love:

supertails19 December 18, 2012, 10:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #235364

OMG she totally told her Lucy was coming!!! :D xD … but she is not :( probably ._.

Vanilla January 2, 2013, 5:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #279142

good to see Tess and Rachel’s relationship is improving a little

Beige April 11, 2014, 4:00 PM EST.

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