Curtain Call — Page 36
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Comment ID #244672

Mike you are awesome.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 3, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #244673

Her smile looks very insincere, as if she’s plotting something. She doesn’t even look happy. Her eyes still look dead. Something’s up, and I suspect we’ll find out when the next few story chapters come. Mike doesn’t look very happy either. He looks like doing this annoys him and like he’s going out of his way to do something he doesn’t want. Either way, the peace wont last. It never has.

@ Taeshi
Holy ****! Every weekday? Hallelujah brothers! Let us rejoice!

Nikita May 3, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #244674

OMG!!!!!! Sooooo happy

Aiya May 3, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #244675

Or she could just kick him.

Yumikarp May 3, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #244676

this was adorable!!!! :love:

I am who I am May 3, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

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Julia KaNeko May 3, 2013, 12:01 AM EST.

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Shade May 3, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #244679

Why do I get the feeling that Lucy is leaving? =(

Anagha May 3, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #244680

This is great!!!! and HOOORAY FOR 4 COMMENT!! :D

iti May 3, 2013, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #244681

Ermagerfjdcrfexuhtgff lol. I thought for sure she’d turn him down. Dah well. Nice page as always! ^_^

Legion May 3, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #244682

From raging against Mike to saying he is awesome… I love this fanbase :).

supertails19 May 3, 2013, 12:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #244683

Why do I get the feeling she’s going to throw something at him or just kind of pass out or throw up? :/

otterdragon May 3, 2013, 12:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #244684

…huh. I was expecting a much more crash-and-burn approach to this. I’m very pleasantly surprised! :D
Although…no seeing Lucy’s eyes after Mike’s little talk. Are they better? Are they the same? ARE THEY PURPLE NOW?
But yeah, good on Mike. I feel he handled that pretty well, all things considered.

Oceanus92 May 3, 2013, 12:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #244685

Welp, Taeshi pretty much went with a surprise twist on how she handled the situation, much like how everyone predicted Lily would chase Mike off before with a tirade, but only ended up saying a few things that were even more powerful.

Congrats on making such a heartwarming ending to the chapter Taeshi. I like how you didn’t paint either Lucy or Mike in a favorable light here, but rather made sure to point out that both sides were at fault and that both sides needed to make the effort to improve the relationship.

@Nikita I think it’s more an awkward than devious smile. It’s pretty obvious that she did not expect him to say anything like that at all, so it looks more like she’s unsure whether or not she should actually be happy about the situation, especially after closing herself off to her emotions until now.

Deiser May 3, 2013, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #244686


wtf i dont even ship this hfurejdftgmhfnv

Also, what does this mean about Lucy’s eyes?
Will they be back to normal? :oo

shaaa May 3, 2013, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #244687

Oh Mike… I’m torn. I don’t know if this is how he actually feels or if this is just him doing what Sandy asked. I know Sandy’s intentions were good, but I guess it just means he’s doing this as a chore, not something he actually believes in. I hope Lucy can take this with a grain of salt and not let this get away from her. She seems to be in better control of herself lately and hopefully that extends to her interactions with Mike.

GhostCaptainBarbossa May 3, 2013, 12:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #244688

Yes, things can go back mike. Onlynotthe same as bedfore.

Sahchan May 3, 2013, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #244689

….Lucy. Your smile makes me nervous.

Blaze33405 May 3, 2013, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #244690

AHHHHH took long enough <3 *dies*

Dakota May 3, 2013, 12:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #244691

Aww :) good thing to see that he’s not always going to be bitter :) Lucy neds some help and he is going to help her :)

Bittersweet_PauloxLucy May 3, 2013, 12:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #244692

Also, congrats on the move Taeshi! I’m hoping to go to Connecticon, so maybe I will see you there :)

Deiser May 3, 2013, 12:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #244693

I’m split in two: half of me is sure that Lucy’s lying through her teeth, and half of me hopes that she’s getting over it and agreeing to try starting over?
Judging from that smile, I’m pretty sure it’s the first XD
Though it’d be really great and a good turning point in the story if Lucy actually meant what she said.

But anyways, props to Mike for actually apologizing, but he’s wrong if he thinks that the two of them can start over that easily…

RandomAnon May 3, 2013, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #244694

Hmm…alright, so Mike actually pulled off a proper apology. And he did it while maintaining the notion that Lucy has hurt him all these years but that he’s willing to work on repairing their relationship as friends. I give him much accolades for this feat.

As for Lucy? Hmmm…odd reaction. Unexpected. I agree with Nikita that it looks insincere, but I don’t think so far as to say she’s plotting something. More like she’s just so emotionally exhausted from everything that’s happened to her that she can’t be sincere. Which also goes in line with her reaction to Paulo earlier, she knows how she wanted to react, but the actual emotions in her have been torn away. She’s starting to put on an emotional mask I think.

BetaMonkey May 3, 2013, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #244695

Well, I suppose Mike chose the right words, but I’m still not sure the timing is good. Lucy’s expression(s) make me feel she may not have completely learned from the past. At least for the weekend, it feels like a happy ending to a chapter for once :P
Looking forward to Monday. And a month or 2 from now, the new update pattern. Honestly stunned, and extremely happy to hear it. I wish I could attend one of these cons, but alas I’m on the west coast. I’m sure BCB will one day make a trip west, ill have to be patient ;)
Thanks for all the hard work Taeshi, I as well as your other fans really appreciate it!

Fenfir May 3, 2013, 12:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #244696


Lucy’s smile. It frightens me. (though I’m the same as @RandomAnon in the sense that I’m torn between those two feelings xD)

I’m anxious to know how this will continue… eventually xD

4thStar May 3, 2013, 12:14 AM EST.

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sabator May 3, 2013, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #244698

Something bad could still happen… maybe…

Yxela007 May 3, 2013, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #244699

Omg, maybe the this would never be the same between them, but this is good, well done mike, finally

eagle May 3, 2013, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #244700

SEE I TOLD U!!! XD fake smile is Lucy’s thing

Midstrike May 3, 2013, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #244701

@Nikita and GhostCaptain

Couldn’t agree more. In all honesty, this didn’t really sound like an apology to me more than it seemed like the kind of “apology” a parent will tell their child to give to a teacher when they’ve misbehaved…

Either way, I’m glad that these two are at least willing to make the effort to be on speaking or perhaps even friendly terms again, but to be honest I hope Lucy doesn’t revert to the devoted friend she was before. She gave Mike what he wanted— space and a life without her— and I hope she doesn’t sacrifice her dignity just because he decided he wants her company back.

As for Mike? Not worried about him at all. After all the statements he made, I doubt he’ll be tolerant of even the slightest push from Lucy; if anything, it’s Lucy who’s going to have to remember to be careful journeying on this road again.

Skygaze May 3, 2013, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #244702

Something will happen, something very sad or creepy!….

da May 3, 2013, 12:15 AM EST.

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Dudeler May 3, 2013, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #244704

Okay, so I didn’t get the cliffhanger call right. But that smile …… yeah, my prediction of Lucy turning darkside on us is still on the field. Actually I’ve got a theory on this chapter, everyone has been saying this is a reflection of their (lucy and mike’s) current state. But what if, just if, it mayhaps had a bit of foreshadowing in there as well.

strider May 3, 2013, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #244705

“That’d be nice…. IF I EVEN CARED! *falls on Paulos arms and flies away*”

Seriously, why does Lucy have a evil smile there. Its a trap!

KitKatMuffin May 3, 2013, 12:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #244706

Updating every weekday? Is THAT why it’ll be ending in 2014, or is it likely to end in late 2013 now?

Tarsad May 3, 2013, 12:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #244707

“That’d be nice”, as in “I honestly don’t give a ****. Whatever helps you sleep at night. I don’t care anymore. Your drama no longer concerns me. You get what you want, and that’s that. Who cares.”


An annoyed reader May 3, 2013, 12:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #244708

Ok to address what Nikita said here. I think she isn’t plotting anything I think based off “That’d be nice.” That Lucy thinks he is full of ****! I believe she is unsure whether someone put him up to it. Because based off how he has been treating since Volume I, I am not surprised at all if she doesn’t trust him. He attacked her where he could do the most damage, because she trusted him. If they come friends, Mike is in for a rude awakening. Why? He will be surprised when he finally forgives Lucy and trusts her again that she will not trust him period.

FIVE TIMES A WEEK? *throws a party* Suitcase what ever you are going keep it up ;)

I agree we should stop that before it got uglier.
Also to end this fight, you don’t have to respond. BUT I actually did have Unrequited open in another window when I was discussing that with you. I honesty feel offended :/

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 3, 2013, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #244709

Man I just hate Mike. I hate Lucy too for not standing up for herself and letting her get pushed around by Mike. Mad Lucy

ONI May 3, 2013, 12:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #244710

yay every day a new up date!?!? you are the best ever!!!!! :love:
i wished you were moving to the west coast tho ;_;
but yay!!!!!!
Lucy is deff planning something or is prob being taken to a different place, maybe her dad’s? since he is never there but not in a divorce kind of way just because of work.
i hope things turn out good at the end i want to see her smile in a happy way not a fake way :3

Madi_mew101 May 3, 2013, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #244711

Between this comic and the 5day updating news…. I’ve exploded love this comic! Can’t wait to meet you guys in DC. EAST COAST YEAH!

Silverxphoenix May 3, 2013, 12:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #244712


You didn’t act like it. If you did then how did you not notice that it was mike who told them about sandy, not lucy. Just saying, be offended if you want, it’s just 2 and 2 aren’t adding up here. If you had the page open for reference how did you miss that?

strider May 3, 2013, 12:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #244713

@ Someone
Yeah, I can see that. I mean, just looking at his face, there’s no way he’s happy about this. It’s just that, Lucy planning something would just mess with people a huge amount, and, historically, Taeshi does enjoy doing that. It might even have something to do with that one thing Lucy’s family was talking about in Thirty Seconds to Midnight.

Nikita May 3, 2013, 12:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #244714

Pretty anti-climatic.

But I stick to my philosophy that when a friendship or relationship goes bad it’ll never get better.

Seppucrow May 3, 2013, 12:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #244715

The more I analyze this, the more and less I discover. When she her face she is shock and surprised.
OMG The SMILE! Remember her texted Sandy! That is it! She texted Sandy knowing based off of what Mike said she is SUPER nice and when she send that text she knew Sandy would pressure Mike to try to fix their friendship… Tasehi please let me be wrong… I don’t want to think my favorite character is still a manipulating bitch… ._.

She told them in an earlier chapter.

And Mike has to tell those idiots once again
Not a slushie a hug damn it Sue!

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 3, 2013, 12:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #244716

Murder murder murder murder murder murder murder murder murder .


Comment ID #244717

love the face of lucy on the fifth panel, with the ears that way :3
but i didn’t like the apology of mike, “back at my place. that wasn’t the right thing to say” … really? you don’t say … where is the “im sorry” .. hope for lucy to try to be happy with paulo and wait for the next chapter and also for JUNE :D

Knight-A May 3, 2013, 12:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #244718

Every… Weekday… 8-D 8-D 8-D
I think my brain just imploded from the sheer severity of awesomeness surrounding that news post… I friggen LOVE this comic and it’s epic creator!!

Thatoneguy May 3, 2013, 12:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #244719

An adorable ending to a rather roller coaster chapter. I can’t tell you guys how excited I am that you’re coming to the US, I’m definitely gonna try to get to one of your booths this summer. I live right next to Boston, but I didn’t go to the meetup because, well, I’m only 16. BCB has been a part of my daily life for a couple of years now, and I can’t wait to see what’s just down the road! ( Updates EVERY weekday?! Seriously! :D ) Anywho, I felt like this chapter was kind of cleansing. It’s kind of like the after effects of previous big decisions. Putting that aside, a little Mike and Lucy make up is just what BCB needed right about now- with all of the winter drama we’ve had. Lucy’s smile is the perfect “happy spring!” present. :love:
EDIT: I JUST realized why Lucy has looked kind of off to me. We can see her neck. XD

honeybee May 3, 2013, 12:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #244720

He technically didn’t apologize and I’m sure Lucy is aware of that. I wonder how things will progress from here…

Laufente May 3, 2013, 12:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #244721

I since something dark in that last panel, we haft to keep an eye on lucy.

Moveing on update every weekday, oh Ya! That’s great! But don’t strain youself @taeshi ok.

Song for today, I’m thinking “tonight is the night” by outasight

lov/hate/hurt May 3, 2013, 12:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #244722

WAIT! Now I get the smile! I really think I got the reason behind it! She turns away from Mike and smiles! She doesn’t want to open up to Mike and see her happy. She wants him to earn that smile(since based on Volume I he loves that smile) by becoming her friend and gaining back her trust.
Think if it as reward for him being nice and friendly.

This next part might be wacky…
This next part actually sounds bad but makes me happy:
She might just use it to gain control of Mike and when she has complete control show to Mike has complete control and show he is at her mercy and then he realizes it and cowers in fear she will simply hug him and let that control go. Showing Mike that she could do the same thing he did in “December” but she doesn’t.

Believe it or not I don’t hate Mike anymore :)

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 3, 2013, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #244723

As much as I dislike Mike I don’t think this apology (in particular) was because of Sandy.

I feel that before Sandy spoke to him, Mike was just like, “no I hate Lucy. I’ll never speak to her again,” and he was set on that. However, after Sandy spoke to him and told him to apologize, she opened his mind a little.

He still didn’t want to say sorry, he still didn’t think he should or that he did anything wrong, but it opened up his mind to the idea because he justified it to himself that he was just doing it to please Sandy.

So I think the first time he tried to talk to Lucy, where he was sent away, it was only because Sandy told him to; but then he got his first hint of how much he might have actually hurt Lucy.

Then at the play he got to see firsthand how lifeless she looks. So I think at this point Mike’s apology was more because he realized he actually did something wrong and is sorry, and less because Sandy asked him to.

Lime Cake May 3, 2013, 12:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #244724

five… times a week… of BCB?!?


jay May 3, 2013, 12:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #244725


(note: i’m not touching on those other three due to what i’m about to point out)

*sigh* context, context, context. The page you pointed out was before mike officially got with sandy, thus NOT his girlfriend yet, just read a few pages later (pg 4 actually). He only told Tess that he and sandy had been talking and exchanging gifts but even Mike didn’t know if his feelings were being reciprocated by sandy. As best I can remember Mike never told Tess if the relationship had become official after that. So, it’s probable that she thought that Mike was still open for a relationship when she found out Lucy confessed to Mike, thus her anger with mike (considering he said that if it didn’t work out with sandy he could try with lucy). Putting it into context really helps, doesn’t it.

strider May 3, 2013, 12:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #244726

This is how one should apologize in a situation such as this. There is no easy way to cut something like this, but at the same time, its’ clear that Mike is sticking to what he said before, which…while some may not agree with it, it is still respectable of him.

Mike does seem like he’s willing to start over and willing to talk things over with Lucy, instead of leaving everything how it was in December. It’s something that definitely does have to happen in order to make a sturdier, stronger friendship.

Also, @Taeshi That is really and truly some amazing news! Hope the next few months are awesome for both you and Suitcase XD

Chocothunda May 3, 2013, 12:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #244728

I am so happy! … About the news… I am still not sure how this thing whit Mike will turn out, Lucy still looks weird to me, she is just not right something still feels off…

Now about the news… I can’t say I have been here forever, but I have seen this comic grow for a good seven years and I am really happy at how things have turned out. I am in Latin America but maybe if one of the conventions match my vacations you may see me some day around the US xD mmmm or maybe next year! That’s still in maybe tough. What’s not a maybe is that you guys (Specially Taeshi) have all my suport :D

And that I am still worried about Lucy and Paulo… Mike not so much I am more worried at what Mike is doing then about him D:

Vainilla May 3, 2013, 12:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #244729

Aaaah! What a wonderful end to a wonderful chapter! I really hope these two can be friends again!

Also also @Taeshi! The latest post! You are moving to the East Coast? That is great! I kinda wish I knew which state, now! Either way, all the conventions are relatively near to where I live! Maybe if I get lucky with money I can go to one…and finally meet you! I’ve been reading your comic and love you work! Ah it would be such a pleasure to meet you one day!

Crabmaster May 3, 2013, 1:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #244730

Two words: Cheater Squad

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 3, 2013, 1:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #244731

WAIT, so plays over rite? So what’s next to do, what’s there to look forward too? what’s the next big adventure

chuck May 3, 2013, 1:03 AM EST.

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four words: Paulo jumping to conclusions

sidenote: again

strider May 3, 2013, 1:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #244733

@strider: Some people are just not good at putting things into context… can we leave it at that and call it at night before this escalates any further?

supertails19 May 3, 2013, 1:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #244734

By the way now i’m extremely excited. They are actually going to try and start over 8-D. Oh… what happens to Paulo now? Lucy becoming friends with Mike(who is dating Sandy)and simultaneously dates Paulo? Meh, I’ll give it a shot… let’s see how they will make that work out.

supertails19 May 3, 2013, 1:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #244735

The smile in the last panel screams murder.

Fluffy May 3, 2013, 1:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #244736


Meh, i’m bored, classworks all done, finally unpacked after my move and I don’t have class tomorrow. I’m not trying to start a fight again with therealsomeone, just having a bit of fun.


If i’m hurting your feelings in our latest exchange I apologize. Just messing with you a bit.

strider May 3, 2013, 1:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #244737

I JUST KNOW IT! We’re gonna be hit by a freakin’ troll truck!

Curious CandyBowl Fan May 3, 2013, 1:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #244738

Every weekday? I love you.

Paw May 3, 2013, 1:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #244739

ouch O.o
Also. What the hell man? You are busy in the forums but no comments :(
Are you still working on Jasmine’s Day Off? I added a lot of chapters to my Pirate Fanfic and started my Pokemon one.

ouch O.o
CAN WE AGREE TO DISAGREE? I see it one way AND you see it another.
Let’s end this on a positive note. I differ from your opinions but respect them.
Your not hurting my feelings so don’t worry… I am just getting a little angry. I am under a little stress(my fault for the stress) and I am in a somewhat biggoty mood.
Also with this page it is hard to be mad at either of them :) (Mike and Lucy that is)

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 3, 2013, 1:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #244740

I should feel happy about that smile, but it seems a bit…. devious.

Seikyuu May 3, 2013, 1:15 AM EST.

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Sure, I did say that earlier. I was just pointing out there was a bit of confusion for me on the latest exchange.

strider May 3, 2013, 1:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #244742

That last panel is a making me nervous, but I’m hoping its just dramatic effect and she was being sincere. But who knows!?

Ember May 3, 2013, 1:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #244744

I want Mike and Lucy to be together already, it has to happen T.T

Aquaczaz May 3, 2013, 1:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #244745

Dammit Mike I can only see this going in all sorts of directions and none of them are good MIKE WHY

Some Guy May 3, 2013, 1:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #244746

No way. Are they being mature here?
None of this “I am sorry, but it’s mostly your fault” or “I don’t need your apology, screw you” going on?
Holy spaz that’s some crazy stuff!
Some really good comments have been going up in the last few pages and from what I can remember from those few, it seems the two are starting to grow up and learn from their mistakes.
Lucy is learning it is not good to physically attack someone when angered and Mike is coming to terms with the fact that what he did indeed was very wrong, as well as owing up to the fact.
Lucy is taking it gracefully and isn’t being all clingy like she always is. If she isn’t learning to let things go, she is most definitely learning how to deal with them in a more mature way, or at least trying to.
As for starting over, the furthest I see these two going is being good friends at this point. There chance at love for each other, not withstanding Mike is pretty much engaged to Sandy, has been missed and torn repeatedly; it’s something they both need to put behind, if they want to move forward.
On the other hand, I am thinking this fragile, yet powerful breakthrough for hope is just another chance for a repeat at despair. The two like each other, but there’s a lot of distance and traps between them.
As for the whole “dead-eye, Lucy is going to stab Mike” going on, look at her facial expressions, not her eyes, on panel 1 and 5. They are ones of surprise and relief. The only reason the last panel smile looks “evil” is because you can’t see her eyes (which often alludes to “hidden agendas”, but not always).
Lucy was ready to break ties with Mike, pretty much after suffering the entire time trying to get him, but failing. Now out of the blue Mike is saying sorry and willing to build their relationship up to a friendly one. That has to be good…right?

Blank On Purpose May 3, 2013, 1:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #244747

Now everybody loves Mike again. Oh, you guys.

Yay, happy times

nalem May 3, 2013, 1:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #244748

You know, people are saying that it is an evil smile, or a sinister smile or an awkward smile but I’m feeling it is none of those. I think it is a “too little too late but thanks for trying anyway” kind of smile. The kind you give when something breaks beyond repair and it can never be the same again but there is still an attempt to make amends and put it back together.

Things will never be the same between them. Lucy knows this. Mike knows this. They will never be as close as they once were and it is not because of Sandy. It is because people grow up and they grow apart and that is a part of life.

Lucy may leave the school. She may date and she may not. But things will be different. And I’m so excited to see where she takes us.

@Taeshi Can I give you a hug? The whole thing with updating on the weekdays is making me so happy, you don’t even know.

Fates May 3, 2013, 1:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #244749

I just wanted to say that I’m so proud of you and how far you’ve come with your art style and everything~! Good Luck on your big move and all your conventions. I wish you and Oliver nothing but the best.

I also look forward to the more frequent updates too~

All the best in Everything.

Love from Ontario Canada

Cili May 3, 2013, 1:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #244750

I was less ****** when Mike crushed Lucy’s soul back in December. It at least gave me a spark of hope for some character evolution for her. She seemed to have enough time to realize that she had other friends and that she didn’t have to cling onto someone whose laser-guided amnesia makes him forget about all the good things she had done and bury her under a mountain of rage. And yet, he gives her something similar to an apology with an offer of a chance to start over, and she just accepts it. I might… No, I can be wrong and guided mostly by emotion here, but Lucy, you don’t need him to start things over. Begin again, but know when to let go.

HIC May 3, 2013, 2:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #244751


While Mike still looks reluctant, at least the memory flash was hopefully a reminder that Lucy wasn’t all bad. Given their history, its a good move to start over rather than to “make up” like we all wanted, ‘cause THAT would’ve been more like a continuation to what they originally had. So, I can honestly say that Mike DOES mean what he says (if not, then a PART of him).

Unfortunately, the damage is already done in Lucy’s eyes: the last panel tells me that not even MIKE can snap her out of her depression. At least, maybe not at this time….. or so I hope. Maybe this means that the only one who can help Lucy at this point… IS LUCY HERSELF! And if that’s the case, I hope its not in her usual “huff and shove the anger somewhere” attitude. Could it be a lesson where she helps herself in a different way, make herself FINALLY pass that hurdle she’s been stuck in for YEARS? That would be lovely! However…. oh Lucy, what are you thinking in that head of yours, at this moment? That smile promises very worrysome things about you D:

(OH COOL, YOU’RE COMING TO AMERICA! ASjKJWIJEDPWN! :love: I wish those places were closer to where I lived though, transportation is a jerk :( )

Subaru May 3, 2013, 2:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #244753

Not liking this.. not liking this at all. /:

abbles May 3, 2013, 2:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #244754

@TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone: Sorry :(. I have been trying to figure out an ending for this story so I could move on to my next one, but I’m having trouble not making things weird… maybe I should stop fighting it and just go with the flow like before. I actually spent some time in the forums hoping I could find some inspiration… well, that backfired since I got into a discussion on pretty much the same thing you and strider were talking about… I gave reasons why the actions of the people around them(or should I say inaction) lead to all of this. Communication would helped so much, but there wasn’t enough to make a positive impact… just more confusion.

^ this is not a proper summary, but there is no way I’ll be able to summarize everything I posted in the forums over the past few days. I’ll try and post on both from now on.

Oh, and I’ll post a couple of chapters over the weekend… although I won’t be able to work on anything else or post on here until Tuesday(maybe earlier?) since I have to finish some final projects for my classes. After that, I’ll be free to type nonstop during my break :smirk:.

supertails19 May 3, 2013, 2:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #244755

Also, that last line by Lucy sounded rather sudden. It wouldn’t surprise me if the next chapter started out with her saying something along the lines of “but it’s too late now”. If she does though, I WILL KILL SOMEONE (not really, but I will seriously want to, and may just right a fanfiction in which it happens). My 19th BIRTHDAY is on Sunday, and I am celebrating it by going to see Iron Man 3 with my friends tonight. DON’T RUIN THE BEST WEEK OF THE MONTH FOR ME PLEASE.

I'll Eat Yourself May 3, 2013, 2:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #244756

She forgave him pretty easily? Oh come on Lucy, don’t let your old feelings get the better of you!

Hicks May 3, 2013, 2:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #244757

NOPE NOPE. Not even gonna fall for this one. Being a female is all i need to interpret that face. Turning away, No eyes, Weak smile, “everything is fine and dandy” attitude….
She has no soul anymore. So…This Certainly isn’t over.

I dont think she has forgiven him in the slightest. She might act like it, But im gonna keep my fingers crosses that she stabs him in the back and twists the knife. :D

Silent fan_until now May 3, 2013, 2:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #244758

Way to be a man, Mike! 8-)

Alamoraine May 3, 2013, 2:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #244759

Damn, I kinda hoped Lucy wouldn’t agree to this :/
As a wise man once said : You need to nut up or shut up! So unless Mike has something really important to say, I think he should just stop beating the dead horse Mad Lucy

B-Dawg May 3, 2013, 2:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #244760

Finally some closure to all of this! I was waiting for the day Mike would say he was sorry. Now everythings a little better.

Doctor_Who May 3, 2013, 2:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #244761

I honestly think that mike isn’t really apologizing from the heart, but more so that he wants to fix loose ends in his relationship with her. I mean honestly, if they keep up the whole ignoring each other, their friends will possibly butt in and blow up like when they all found out mike rejected her.
And with lucy’s smile, she must see that their relationship will never be as it was before. She’s mearly smiling and saying it would be nice, but you can see in her smile that it’s false hope, and I don’t think she wants to deal with walking around like the dead anymore. She’s putting mikes feelings first over her’s, since he’s the one who said they can go back to the way they were.

Either way it’s very depressing.

Its Contagious May 3, 2013, 3:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #244762

I definitely spotted some sarcasm in that tone, Lucy-dear… yes… don’t hesitate to turn around and stab him in the back…

AND WHAT DAILY UPDATES :O :O It truly is a dream come true.

Just-A-Lurker May 3, 2013, 3:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #244763

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Zero May 3, 2013, 3:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #244764

No. I did not want this. I wanted them to stay apart. They’re both bad for each other. I think Lucy should find better friends and Mike should find better friends. He hurt her, she hurt him, sometimes those things aren’t meant to last.

Then again this is the EXACT same relation between my ex and me. I broke it off, said some truly awful and despicable things like Mike did, but later on I said we could start over. We tried. We failed miserably. I do NOT want Lucy to feel any sort of suffering any more. Mike has suffered enough from her physical abuse, even though she has gotten better, and Lucy’s suffered enough from his spiel in December. They should stay apart. This is too soon. I could understand if some more time passed but….this is way too soon.

This feels like a copout. Like he’s trying to make himself not be the bad guy. He acknowledges her depression and tries to make it better but Mike….what you’re doing is going about it the wrong way dude. Give her space, give her time to completely move on from you. Wait until she can look at you and genuinely smile. That’s when you try, because then you know her mentality has healed.

There could be controversy over that previous statement. Such things like “Mike can heal her” or “she smiles around him, clearly he’s good”. She smiles because she doesn’t want him upset. This is a recipe for disaster now that they said they’ll try to be friends. That could be building up her reliance on him, and he is going to leave her one day. For good. For Sandy. She needs to prepare herself on her own and get used to the idea of him not being around! Ugh, how I wish I could dictate this glorious comic.

Whew sorry for the long rant, but it feels like I’m the only one who sees that this is Taeshi’s comic and she always throws a curveball one way or another. I refuse to believe this will work out. I refuse to believe Mike and Lucy will ever be close friends, or even friends. Maybe acquaintances, but not friends. I can’t see it.

I’d love to hear from other people on their sides of the story. It’d be nice to see why someone would think differently than I do on this subject.

LightTribe May 3, 2013, 3:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #244765


Although I’m not sure if that’s a smirk of bitter sarcasm or not…

Kuro May 3, 2013, 3:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #244766

If you like the news post, please support us! If not by ordering books, see if you can find us new readers.

Edit: If you hate the new page, please undermine us! If not by ordering and burning books, see if you can write us bad reviews.

SuitCase May 3, 2013, 3:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #244767

Lucy, I know that look; I’ve seen it dozens of times. No, you are NOT allowed to go Yandere! No crazy things, only healing >: I

db14 May 3, 2013, 3:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #244768

I’m glad Mike apologised, but I’m also glad Lucy didn’t get off completely Scott-free - I’m glad Mike said there are a lot of things to talk about, because she has treated him very poorly in the past, defence mechanism or not.
I’m hoping that we will see major character development from both of them and they’ll grow into a healthy friendship :)

Dolphinbread May 3, 2013, 3:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #244769

“first page of the new chapter due next Monday” That one line stopped me from smashing the crap out of my room. For a second there, I thought the series was ended. *phew*

Ryan May 3, 2013, 3:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #244770

Ok sure, yeah there was a raincheck, but truthfully, it was the best thing that he could have done. Personally, I’ve had to do similar and it isn’t fun, plus Mike seems pretty sincere here.
IF anything, this proves that he is willing to work to salvage what they had together.

To you Lucy-leaving conspiracist…….
yes she does look like she might possibly have an ulterior motive. It makes sense that she would want to ‘start’ over if she was indeed leaving, perhaps to make it seem to both parties that nothing happened.

Bottom line, hopefully they can build back their friendship/marriage/angst-party/sexual tension/ BCB fun!

foreveryoung5 May 3, 2013, 3:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #244771


im just kidding

i don’t really think this means mike x lucy is canon, sorry to everyone who has still stayed true to the ship. taeshi wouldn’t have added the paulo x lucy hints in this chapter for nothing! besides, sandy is still around and lucy is probably still broken and wary of mike.

Whimsicott May 3, 2013, 5:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #244772

Her look in panel five tells me she’s thinking how much she regrets doing that thing with Paulo.

Anon-Anon May 3, 2013, 5:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #244773

@SuitCase: I hope none of the readers is a hacker.

Henry Wang May 3, 2013, 5:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #244774

This is not the end. This is just a new beginning!

Henry Wang May 3, 2013, 5:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #244775

Lucy is really Er… Strange!
“Strange” is a neuter, and it is a praise here. She is awesome. “awesome” is a pun here.

The end of this chapter is here, but this is not the end of the story of this chapter. What I said? “Mike has a lot to tell Lucy. He just does not know where to start.”

Henry Wang May 3, 2013, 5:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #244776

@Veronica_and_Oliver (&everyone):
Congratulations! Remember that move to the USA is a new beginning of your lives, this is not your final dream.
I know the feeling of living in an Industry Centre in China, how about the USA?

Henry Wang May 3, 2013, 5:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #244777

I think I see what is happening here. She got surprised when Mike started, but when he was talking about starting over, she got turned down. I think that Lucy more expected Mike to show some … deeper emotions. To show that he loves her, or something like that.
Look at their emotions. In the 3-4th panels Mike seems like he’s going to say something really important, but he ends up saying something Lucy doesn’t consider important.
That smile on the end is half forced. She is happy with this, but she wanted something more.

Saskyou May 3, 2013, 6:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #244778

*does a little dance*

updates every weekday. whoo!

ComicGuy May 3, 2013, 6:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #244779

Welcome to America :D

Zany May 3, 2013, 6:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #244780

I half expected Lucy to punch him in the face for that. I’m not sure I understand how she can forgive him so easily.

Caitlynn Moss May 3, 2013, 7:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #244781


Furblur May 3, 2013, 7:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #244782

Come to New York Comic Con in October so I can shower you in my money. :|

Skid May 3, 2013, 7:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #244783

It’s a bit late for that, Mike. I’m thinking the move to America is coinciding with some kind of move for Lucy. Maybe to a mental health facility. I’unno.

Either way, good luck you guys.

StushiJaguar May 3, 2013, 7:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #244784


Nick May 3, 2013, 7:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #244785

It almost seems like there is a hint of ulterior motive behind that final smile…

Bluecaptain May 3, 2013, 7:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #244786

I feel like there is more behind this but I’m still happy. :D :) :love:

DekuMarth May 3, 2013, 7:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #244787

What a mysterious smile.
What is Lucy thinking? Maybe her further plan, or nothing at all.

Henry Wang May 3, 2013, 7:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #244788

@SuitCase: I hope none of the readers is a hacker. Luckily, hackers are illegal.

Henry Wang May 3, 2013, 7:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #244789

B-b-but. Damn.
He’s just gonna hurt her again.
Give me teeth.

Ickbarr Bigelsteine May 3, 2013, 7:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #244790

that was…… unexpected to say the least, i kind of feel happy but unsure what to think. i guess we will see how this turns out later on.
@teashi you’re coming to the USA hooray but i still might never see you since I’m the kind of person that hardly leaves his state but it is still nice to know that the chances are better. i nearly jumped up screaming and celebrating like a mad man when i saw your update plans.

i don't know May 3, 2013, 7:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #244791


Gea May 3, 2013, 7:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #244792

Lucy is Rihanna, and Mike is Chris brown

asdf May 3, 2013, 8:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #244793

OK, here’s your second chance. Do NOT mess this up, Mike. Mad Lucy

I’d be lying if I said this isn’t making me squee inside. Other than that, I have no idea what I feel about this. You did it again, Taeshi. :)

Prius May 3, 2013, 8:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #244794

I was hoping everybody would find out before this happened, I dunno whatever XD

Chazz May 3, 2013, 8:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #244795

As much as I hate lucy for being a total bitchface, I do still think that she and Mike should just be friends.

@yumikark and @asdf
Shut up

Otter guy May 3, 2013, 8:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #244796

5 days a week!!!! Hooray!!!

Rubicube May 3, 2013, 8:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #244797

Mike is only doing that because of Sandy :/

MaronaPossessed May 3, 2013, 8:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #244798

Good luck on the move to the US! I know is can be hard moving, especially across countries, so I wish you the best of luck! I used to live in New Hampshire, so if you’re ever in that area, I can give some tips on fun and/or interesting places to visit. Good luck again and thank you so much for this amazing comic.

Dracain May 3, 2013, 8:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #244799

:love: :love:yaaaayy this is great good job mike now you guys will be best buds again just like bcb should be :love:

auto May 3, 2013, 8:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #244800

My God! She’s turning into Lucyfer! (sorry)

prime_pm May 3, 2013, 8:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #244801

@auto I wouldn’t say they’ll be best friends (at least not anytime soon), after everything that’s happened.They’ll start over, so I don’t expect them to be acting the same way they did before. Especially with what Lucy now knows of Sandy, and what she said.

Expectator May 3, 2013, 8:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #244802

Yeah…If I wasn’t so aware of BCB being such an angst ridden drama pool I’d be excited about this. Nothing is ever that simple though and Mike and Lucy have a very long way to go. At this point I just hope they keep up their communication and take it easy. Start slow and see how it goes. Only time will tell though, best of luck to my favorite ship!

Unit May 3, 2013, 9:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #244803

Things are going according to Lucy’s plan. Now she may proceed with wrecking Mike’s current relationship, then she’ll convince him that he enjoys pain, and this comic will turn into gender bender furry version of “Fifty Shades of Gray”.

By bad review you mean badly written review, negative review or both? Also: I see what you did there. You need to buy a book in order to burn it. Unless you’re inviting arsonists to your house.

Commander_Zero May 3, 2013, 9:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #244804

Why do I get the feeling Lucy is just gonna be yeah sure we can start over wait no you are still a jerkface

blehblehbleh! May 3, 2013, 9:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #244805

And so it begins anew, we’ve been waiting for their new beginning, their birth by sleep, or rather I might say the rebirth of their friendship. The reconstruction begins and new revelations await for them. If all goes well, what they had in the past and what the will have in the future their friendship will grow stronger.

Keyblade Dragon May 3, 2013, 9:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #244806

An interesting ending, at least they’re getting somewhere. In my opinion Lucy’s face looks strange when looking directly in front of her (1st and 5th panels). Anyway, her smile show how she is happy to be starting over with Mike, but reading the comments I can agree that her smile is something that Mike has to earn. While that is unsual, but this isn’t a normal relationship between them. Still, all that matters is that they are starting to restore everything they had together as friends.

Keyblade Dragon May 3, 2013, 9:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #244807

Now THIS would be the way to end the comic

Stevum May 3, 2013, 9:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #244808

Hmm… Not sure if happy smile in final panel or scheming smirk. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Also yaaaaay Mike I’m so proud of you!! You actually did a thing that made me sort of want to hug you instead of wanting to punch you hard in the jaw like usual. \o/ All of the cookies for you.

Lizzie May 3, 2013, 9:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #244809

It would still be nice for him to actually say, I dunno, sorry…

Kew May 3, 2013, 10:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #244810


Huh? May 3, 2013, 10:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #244811

What a mysterious smile!
What is Lucy thinking? Maybe her further plan, or nothing at all.
Lucy is really Er… Strange!
“Strange” is a neuter, and it is a praise here. She is awesome.
The end of this chapter is here, but this is not the end of the story of this chapter. What I said? “Mike has a lot to tell Lucy. He just does not know where to start.”
I support Sandy x Mike relationship more than Lucy x Mike relationship.
Sandy is not very smart, so was Lucy. Lucy is now progressing in all fields. The balance between the roles is now turning.

Henry Wang May 3, 2013, 10:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #244812

@SuitCase & @Commander_Zero:
To buy books and burn them later?
It is a good idea to solve Economic Crisis!!
To destroy some goods and spread more money can stop the deflation at once.

—“Onion News Economic Special”

p.s. But the last sentence can really work, that was what Adolf Hitler doing to pull Germany back to the strength. (Of course, he destroyed all his “contribution” by himself later, only except the inventing of freeway.)

Henry Wang May 3, 2013, 10:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #244813


Turbocharge May 3, 2013, 10:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #244814

@ Laufente - Thank you! This was not an apology. It was a non-apology. What Mike said here was the equivalent of “I’m sorry you feel that way.” The closest he comes to assuming guilt is “that wasn’t the right thing to say” and that is not the same thing as “It was wrong of me to say that” or “It was wrong of me to be so cruel.” His whole non-apology shows that Mike remains as predictably myopic as always. He still can’t see more than a vague, distant blur of anything beyond himself.

@ Commander_Zero - I think you only saw half of what he did there. Bad publicity is even better than good publicity sometimes. If someone rants and raves about BCB, more people are likely to take a peek. Think “whatever you do, don’t push that red button!”

MiscKitty May 3, 2013, 10:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #244815

Could’ve easily have been done better from Mike’s side, but as long as he actually sticks to his word, then I guess it’ll have to do,

Nero May 3, 2013, 11:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #244816

@MiscKitty: In fact, Mike is no less puzzled than us.

—“Mike is always / right now very confused and helpless. And mixed with a bit sadness or fear.”

Henry Wang May 3, 2013, 11:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #244817

Something’s gonna go real bad real fast. Them dead eyes, man.

Wraythe May 3, 2013, 11:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #244818

…………..5 updates a week?!?

I am in heaven right now.

Frodomann1 May 3, 2013, 11:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #244819

WHAAAAT? No this is… No…. I thought Mike ha- no. No. Nononono. *brain implodes*

Gtubah May 3, 2013, 11:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #244820

This may be a little off… But it occurs to me that Lucy has been a “good girl” in this chapter. (Speech marks important.) She seems to be acting the way she thinks people want her to act. I know it’s a little skewed and may not hold water, but considering Paulo, Sue, the play and now Mike, all put together with the “dead eyes”… (Typically considered a sign of emotionlessness.) Whether it’s because she’s moving or making a major life change soon or what, I still get the feeling that right now she’s simply “being a good girl” to make things easy.

Jaebird May 3, 2013, 11:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #244821

@Wraythe & @Frodomann1 & @Gtubah :
Your words canceled my comments!…

p.s. But Jaebird’s comment is really of something. (I like using brackets in my comments, too.)

Henry Wang May 3, 2013, 11:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #244822

Well to be honest, I’m happy to see that Mike is at least being nice enough to admit that the way he said things to her was unfair. BUT the way Lucy is smiling and stuff and the eyes… Seems a bit unnerving… Kind of a foreshadowing thing I think.

Rylan May 3, 2013, 11:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #244823

That’d be NICE … ! :|

basani May 3, 2013, 11:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #244824

Hmmm interesting.

The wound has been lanced now hopefully some of the puss can be removed from this relationship. Will they ever be besties again, probably not but at least there’s a chance to move forward.

And now for a question. To everyone that wants Lucy to punch, kick, flip off, verbally asualt, or any other unplensant thing to Mike my question is why? Why do you want to undue the character developement Lucy had in December; when she sent Sandy that text then walked away from Mike without damaging his phone? I just don’t get it, it feels like a step backwards for her. Ya know doing all the things that drove off Mike in the first place.

?!? May 3, 2013, 11:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #244825

This picture is my phone wallpaper now message_banner.png

so many feels.

wr3h May 3, 2013, 11:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #244826

rtrbrb May 3, 2013, 12:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #244827

I just had to let this be known


Someone May 3, 2013, 12:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #244828

Really this is what I would love to see for Mike and Lucy, them just being good friends again.

What was said between them did need to be said. Not in that manner or laced with intent to hurt….but things needed to be said and boundaries needed to be placed.

Now they know where they each stand.

They will probably never have the same relationship as before but that is ok. Before there was a lot of tension from a lot of unprofessed emotions and feelings. A lot of really yes just plain abuse…and well it was really a chaotic relationship (I don’t mean romantic relationship)

They have both changed a lot. Both grown a lot. So maybe this time around they can just focus on being friends. Letting each other live their lives apart from one another but still meeting in the middle as friends in a far more balanced relationship.

I would love to see that for them.

InfamousNumba9 May 3, 2013, 12:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #244829

@I’ll Eat Yourself
Your Birthday is the 5th? Happy early Birthday!
I turn 20 tomorrow.
You should write a fanfic :)

I have been reading your posts on the forums(I check them everyday XD). You make a lot of really good points!
Ah good old writers block eh? Yeah when it comes to Love and Hatred I am in the same boat… curse you writers block! Furious Abbey

This is not a moment of hate, but a moment of joy and peace. This is the first step towards a better relationship as friends.
They have both made mistakes, but it’s time to put them behind them and start a new. Like a new born child to the world.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 3, 2013, 12:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #244830

Ah, that smile. Oh my, seems she is about to finally show her true colours, knew she was a bad one.

Donny May 3, 2013, 12:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #244832

Nice chapter. Here’s to hoping for a little break from all that ****ING ANGST!

Thatguyyouknow May 3, 2013, 12:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #244833

*idiotic screaming* YESYESYESYESYESYESYESYES- ;W; They’ll finally talk this over! I’m so happy for them!~ *twirl and swirl ♪* This will improve their relationship a lot ♥

Also, I just read the news, and.. You are just too kind, you know that? ;__; You are ready to do more work just to keep the readers happy, and you even have moving plans at the same time? The least I can do is hope for a lot of good luck for you two, do some art and beg my mom to buy me something from the store.. But I wish I could do a lot more for you as a thank you. :3

Furball May 3, 2013, 12:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #244834

That isn’t a frigging apology Mike! At least you admit what you said was wrong- BUT THAT WAS NOT A HEARTFELT APOLOGY.
I kinda feel he’s not trying to patch things up with her because he’s noticed she’s just not right anymore since what he did (because he’s certainly blind to it), but because he finally feels guilty and is trying to patch things up to save himself the horrible feeling of guilt. SO IT’S NOT FOR HER SAKE BUT HIS OWN.
I seriously don’t like Mike anymore anyone who can say such horrible things to a childhood friend is just AWFUL.

Queenbol May 3, 2013, 12:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #244839

wait what happened with sandy :question:

mikedawn May 3, 2013, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #244840

Is nobody noticing the evil, broken smile on Lucy’s face?! (which I absolutely adore on her, by the way.)

AJB66613 May 3, 2013, 1:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #244841

At least he recognizes he screwed up, though I don’t think he would have ever noticed if Sandy hadn’t slapped some sense into him…

But Lucy seems sorta ok with it and that’s good, but Mike’s gonna have to work A LOT if he wants to really patch things up, :/ altough, Lucy is more tranquil and mature now, so I guess it won’t be THAT hard for them to repair their freindship :)

On another note, as I was catching up on the 4 pages I’ve missed, “How to save a life” from The Fray started playing…. how appropiate… now I’m curled-up in a ball of tears ;_; oh go WHYYYYY?!

For those of you who also want to be strangled by the feels, here it is:

I’ll just be here…. crying in te corner… cutting my veins with the edges of my laptop.

FlyingPotato May 3, 2013, 1:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #244842

Taehsi omg
You guys are basically making this friday 100 times better. Mike’s actually being nice to Lucy? A happy ending?! updatES EVERY WEEKDAYS??!
I’m too done for this.
Thank you.

Idastar May 3, 2013, 2:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #244843

no! no no no no!
very bad.

whatface May 3, 2013, 2:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #244844

This is literally the DUMBEST way this story arc could have ended. Who cares about actually meaning what you say, right? Might as well try to make up with the cold shouldered attention ***** ruining his life.

Completely retarded.

Randomized Name May 3, 2013, 2:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #244845

The exact same time happened to me two months ago between me and my bestfriend. So, to all of you who think this is dumb and unrealistic, it’s not, this actually happens in real life.

Lead May 3, 2013, 2:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #244846

D-daily updates?.. :love:

NegaSimon May 3, 2013, 2:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #244847

For those complaining about mike’s “non-apology”. Get over it, believe it or not, he did have some valid points about Lucy’s behavior. The problem really was the extreme he went to, which he’s apologizing for.

Deal with it, because he’s not going to nor should he have to apologize for everything he said.

strider May 3, 2013, 2:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #244848


bwilliy May 3, 2013, 3:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #244849

That… was different than I imagined. WoW Taeshi… for the first time, I was unable to predict your characters reactions… Cudos!

That and NOW you’re going to be updating every weekday starting in June?! HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!


Whats happening?

Taeshi is evolving!

Taeshi evolved into UNPREDICTABLE TAESHI!


~~~~Exo is happy~~~~

Exodustrial May 3, 2013, 3:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #244850

I feel like she wants to laugh at him and say, “Oh, gee, I’m so glad you’re over treating me like ****.” It doesn’t seem like she trusts him at this point, but maybe she also wants to still be someone important to him?


70lemons May 3, 2013, 3:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #244851

Wow. How long in coming was this apology? Poor Mike. You don’t even know what level of down Lucy is on….whatever. I feel like he didn’t really reach her, but at least they can look at the carnage of their relationship a little better. Thanks for your hard work on the books/comic! :3

Shi-chan May 3, 2013, 4:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #244852

I called it!

Javalavadingdong May 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #244853

she smiles because yet again hes come back to her after given alil bitter sweet pain while leaving, this time its worse. but now hes back into her life as if its ok for what he did or said. so shes smiles cause he we go again?

Sanchan May 3, 2013, 4:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #244855

No. Lucy. No. No.

… yeah, okay. Maybe he’s not such a butt after all. x: But that’s a BIG MAYBE.

Jessica U. Ingmann May 3, 2013, 5:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #244856

Provided they are both being genuine, this is the best-case outcome for mending their friendship that I could reasonably imagine in this situation. Considering how completely it was shattered, there’s no way I’d imagine this turn of events is near enough to completely mend the rift between them. It is, however, a promising start.

Chronos May 3, 2013, 5:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #244857

AMGGGG this is going to be so freakin awesome! New updates and all of the other new things are going to be hard for you guys! I can’t wait though!

Jadeeee May 3, 2013, 5:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #244858

I did NOT expect that at all! OMG my feels when I saw this page T_T

xxGrayxx May 3, 2013, 5:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #244859

The both actually have a lot of apologize for. There is no question about that, but the question is who will put on the big person pants and apologize first.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 3, 2013, 5:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #244861



Hamsterzrule May 3, 2013, 5:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #244862


Gasz May 3, 2013, 6:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #244863


Drackose May 3, 2013, 6:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #244864

OMG imma soooo excited for the new scedual, next comic, and well everything! im going to message my webcomic buddy about BCB because its just so awesome. And what about Lucy? either shes relived to be starting with Mike again in that last panel, or SH3S PL4N1NG S0M3TH1NG H3H3H3 lol idk but still totally pumped for this. :love:

paula May 3, 2013, 6:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #244865

Now begins the process of earning Mike’s love, and then thoroughly crushing it

Tcj333 May 3, 2013, 6:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #244866

I hope she smashes his heart into oblivion, the heartless cur. Mike doesn’t deserve her forgiveness!

Let him go back to his long distance supermodel girlfriend.


Crystalwhisker May 3, 2013, 7:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #244867

Aaaannnd now Mike’s gonna regret everything he ever did to you. Right, Lucy? RIGHT? WE GONNA MAKE THIS MOTHERF*CKER PAY?! YEA :smirk:

Wat May 3, 2013, 7:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #244868

That look… Either means that Lucy is going to try to salvage and through salvaging move on… Or that Mike is about to find out what it’s like to have someone do everything in their power to destroy your life… Mike should be either relieved or terrified, and I don’t know which. It will be… interesting to see… … I’m not even sure which one I’m hoping for.

Allsmiles May 3, 2013, 7:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #244869

I’m realizing that this relationship between Mike and Lucy is very similar to something I’ve been through. My girlfriend broke up with me for another guy, and when I sought comfort from her, she pushed me away violently. Afterwards, she apologized and wanted us to be friends again. Since we are in the same group of friends at school, I couldn’t help but somewhat become friends again.
But if there’s one thing I learned, it’s that things will never be the same again. Never. There’ll always be that memory in that back of your head that they hurt you incredible amounts.
Lucy, good on you for accepting his offer. He seems sincere, and it would definitely be a lot less hard on your life.
But give yourself some time. Don’t let him back into your life any faster than you want. Have him conform to your time schedule, not vice-versa. But if he hurts you again, give it to him. He shouldn’t get a third chance. Just remember to be happy :)

Oh dear, I’m giving advice to a fictional character…

Also Taeshi, A COMIC EVERY WEEKDAY? My mind just exploded. YOU ARE SO AWESOME! I LOVE YOU! :love: You’re also crazy, but hey, your readers love you :P
I haven’t bought anything from the store yet because I’m worried about my image a bit and I feel kinda guilty about it :unsure: but after I work off this debt I’ve got, I promise I’ll buy something! :D

Sambo May 3, 2013, 8:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #244870

this should be interesting…..

Anima May 3, 2013, 8:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #244871


The fact that you’re not showing her eyes makes me wonder
“Is the life finally back in them?”

(Though that’s probably not the case. )

Lucy shouldn’t be able to heal that fast, right?
But I’m just
so sooooo glad
that Mike actually apologized, and Lucy let him.

JustSaying May 3, 2013, 8:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #244873

I think Lucy is more excited about the chance to talk to Mike about their issues. The way he ended it didn’t give her any room to defend herself. He basically said ‘I messed up and I didn’t mean to say everything so harshly but we do need to talk about our relationship, if you’re up for it.’ That told Lucy that he is hurt, but he realizes that he hurt her too and cares enough to try and fix what they had. Her smile is one of private joy.

GhostCaptainBarbossa May 3, 2013, 8:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #244875

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE 8-D Good for them! And good for you, Taeshi! Although I really wish you were moving to northwest USA rather than northeast. ;3;

Jupi May 3, 2013, 9:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #244876

Wait, this is ending on a happy note with a optimistic future? What sorcery is this?

The Real Lee May 3, 2013, 9:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #244877

Very unexpected reaction from Lucy… Her expression makes me think she’s hoping to break his heart like he broke hers; or perhaps she’s reverting back to what she was like when Mike met his girlfriend and isolating herself…
And once again, I’m still feeling like I’m the only person rooting for Mike. I relate to him the most and have basicly been in his shoes except not as dramatic it intense as this
I’m still waiting for the Mike/Lucy relationship to appear
But there’s another piece of the triangle, I’m curious to how Paulo reacts to if Lucy actually give him a chance

Geek May 3, 2013, 9:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #244878

Drama relief valve, open….

The Guy in the Background May 3, 2013, 9:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #244879

All the readers are “in the background”. Readers can affect writers’ work.

Henry Wang May 3, 2013, 9:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #244880

In this chapter, Lucy finally smiled happily.
But why the smile is a bit suspicious…
Therefore, unsmiling Lucy is the normal. Anyhow, smiling face is the most beautiful emotion.

Henry Wang May 3, 2013, 10:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #244881

Honestly this chapter wasn’t one of your best. You made several fundamental mistakes for doing a theater chapter. The first of which being Sue’s little “Freak out” page two where she was gripping the front curtains to be exact. Anybody with even minimal stage experience would know that touching the curtains is taboo. Doing this effectively breaks the fourth wall for the viewers. Second she shouldn’t have been that close to begin with as the viewers could easily see her which brings to point another fundamental theater rule, if you can see the viewers then they can see you. Her little fit could probably also be heard given how close she was to the performance area of the stage. Just because she’s in the wing doesn’t mean she cant be heard, and even a loud whisper (which It looked more like yelling to me…) can be heard from that distance most likely by the first few rows. I’ve been to enough rehearsals that have been ruined by people talking in the wings.

I’d like to spend as little time on the plot since I found it bland, generic, and the resolve was far to quick to make a satisfactory play… All in all the thing seemed maybe 30 minutes long from what was given.

There were a few other issues I could see too… though they were more unlikely than fundamentally flawed. First off mikes being out of costume right at the beginning as actors usually need to be completely prepared and in costume by the start of the play, no matter when they come in. Also Sue would have ran the cast and crew ragged until they had things running smoothly enough, So i think the are these actual rocks line would have been more retorical since they probably would have run it at least 5 or 6 times before an actual show and that would include any rock tossing. Thats just me though…
All in all for a two year build up to this (give or take), this chapter was rather disappointing. The play itself was more like a bad fanfic and as previously mentioned the plot was generic and just plain bland.

All in all I’d give this chapter a C.

Kytan May 3, 2013, 10:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #244882

Man, I can’t wait until Lucy stops looking dead inside.

Sambo May 3, 2013, 10:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #244883

Xopoшo! Almost daily updates? Moving to the Great Americas? Mike saying sorry and Lucy’s facial expressions looking like she has an evil plot to slit Mike’s throat in his sleep? Wow! I am thoroughly astonished! You guys are awesome, I can’t wait to see the changes that will be coming.

@Taeshi I have to agree with you about BCB being a guilty pleasure. I’ve almost worked up the courage to tell my friends about the comic, but I’m not sure if they’ll laugh or not. I did tell my librarians about a certain comic book that’s popular online, and that they should get it. I try to share it when I can. And I think I want to get a book, even if it means selling my Unusuals. (TF2 stuff worth 20-30$)

You are awesome, Taeshi, can’t wait for more!

Hat May 3, 2013, 10:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #244884

I agree with everything you say about the play being bland and not actually paying up to the 2-year built up it had. Not only it was boring, it is also confusing - how did the sister survive alone in the mountains? How come the wind saverd her, but kept her captive? What do the marks Mike finds in the villagers have anything to do with Lucy?! Also, yeah. Sue could’ve been a little more prepared and probably rehearse a bit more until everything was perfect.
But I don’t think this is one of Taeshi’s worst chapters. I actually quite enjoyed it! Of course, the technical theatrical details were a bit off, but the watercolors are gorgeous and you can see they have imporved a lot, the characters designs also took a positive turn (they all seem more elaborate somehow) and the whole backstage plot was cool. Sue freaking out was hilarious even though it was too close from the stage, and this ending is one of my favorites. It’s not the best chapter, but it’s definitely not terrible.

Idastar May 3, 2013, 10:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #244885

I seriously think you should post more then one slide…A. Day. like-….ya….the story is great! but-I don’t like how it’s set out. 3 maybe? it just bothers me a little, drives me crazy but that doesn’t always have to be a good thing when it comes to your readers :/

HolaATurGURL May 3, 2013, 10:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #244886

Lucy’s a playa~

Tacsi May 3, 2013, 11:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #244887


I’m not saying its one of the worst, but its also not the best, thats why i gave it a C.

Kytan May 3, 2013, 11:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #244888

Wow. I think this is the ending everyone was rooting for. You could literally just end the entire comic with this (please, oh, please, don’t!!!). This ending leaves me satisfied with Lucy and Mike’s relationship. I guess it’s not entirely “fixed,” but I feel they’re on the path to patching up some of the cracks. Well done Taeshi for delivering a satiating ending! <3

JEEVES May 3, 2013, 11:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #244889

Takeshi works too hard on this, stop all this work, you need rest ;-;

Javalavadingdong May 4, 2013, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #244890

(About the page) I never had completely negative feelings about Mike or Lucy, but it’s a huge relief to see that Mike clearly still has feelings, though the way he snapped eventually got to be a pretty over-the-top.

(About the news post) BCB is part of what keeps me going through the week now. My Junior year is in the final stretch and it’s getting increasingly difficult with things like a crush, so I can’t express how thankful I am for the higher update frequency. You truly are the best. Even if this makes the story end faster, it’ll definitely be closer to the rate of real-time.

not_used May 4, 2013, 1:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #244891


What are you talking about, look above you. Mike has clearly initiated apologizing. I think a lot of this stems from the carryover from the past page. I didn’t clarify this well enough, speaking mans english and dictionary english are two different things.

I think a lot of people saw “need” on the last page and thought he felt mandated or forced to do this. However saying you need to do or not do something doesn’t always mean necessity. I actually used to have the exact same problem of saying need when I meant something else. Like i’d say “I need to speak to you” when it was over something trivial like if I could borrow a game from a friend. I didn’t really need to speak to them about that, it wasn’t imperative I get that game, I just wanted to speak to them about that.

In Mike’s case saying he didn’t need to yell at lucy before carries the same characteristics in speaking mans english as “mean” as in he didn’t mean to yell at her. Moving on, mike here is apologizing, however his apology is that he feels he is in the right about some of what he said, but he knows he was in the wrong about some of it (like the parasite comment).

Eerily enough, his apology carries parallels to what a lot of those who got behind mike have been saying here in the comments (i’m sure it’s a coincidence since Taeshi writes these stories in advance, but I wanted to point that out). That he was harsh, but he did bring up some good points about Lucy’s behavior and actions. So like I said, he has made the first move, he has apologized for what he feels he did wrong.

(sidenote: which I agree with, he can’t take back all he said because some of it lucy did need to hear. If he takes back all of it Lucy’s going to become much, MUCH worse than she was before).

So now we’re waiting to see if Lucy follows suit or if she’s going to give him the finger and go tough bitch on everyone.

strider May 4, 2013, 1:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #244892

Haha honestly moving to america sounds like a terrible idea. Socially, we’re backwards in so many ways (labor laws, healthcare laws, all SORTS of laws). As an american, I have heavily considered moving out of the country. I don’t see why someone from a first-world country would want to move here.

powys May 4, 2013, 1:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #244893


Straight dope, no offense intended, go to another country (outside of visitor safe UK), you probably won’t like it that much. Some way or another you get screwed, between different sanctions, taxes, absurd rules (seriously, what was up with getting arrested for even accidentally glancing at a married woman in Singapore), etc. Trust me, this is coming from a man who toured the pacific and gulf theaters more than a few times. America has her faults, but i’d rather live here than in some of the other countries I visited. It was nice to visit them, don’t get me wrong, but I couldn’t see myself living there (or even affording to live there in some cases).

It’s bad everywhere right now man, that’s what i’m trying to get at. I’m not bashing some of the other commenters respective countries, you guys got some cool stuff/scenery and all that but I couldn’t see myself living in another country (maybe spain, but that’s a wide maybe).

strider May 4, 2013, 1:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #244894

No. No.No.Double no. Mike is an *** no. Okay…maybe, but, Paulo and Lucy should be an item already. ;_; Although, the comic where Paulo shows the viewers a world where he and Lucy… *ahem* was adorable, he stayed. He loved her that much, even to fantasize about it. Mike can go with Sandy, I don’t really care for Sandy but…… yeah.

Vixencutie May 4, 2013, 1:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #244895

There is actually no “best” country. But there is the most powerful country and the most attractive country. —And both of them is the USA.

—A country is rich in all the following:
1. Energy, especially coal (the best and the most, 260 billion tons) and nature gas.
2. Farming. (except freshwater fish, but Americans don’t eat much freshwater fish.)
3. Automobile Industry. (*the most important)
4. Software Industry.
5. Biology Industry.
6. Has a Nuclear Reactor Design Co

Henry Wang May 4, 2013, 2:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #244897

Am I the only one who forgot what non-dead Lucy eyes look like until they saw that group drawing in the extra info on today’s comic?

Guessing May 4, 2013, 3:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #244898

Her…her smile scares me.

Witacurr May 4, 2013, 3:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #244899

@henry wang,

Oh I definitely agree. Part of my reasoning for joining the service was to tour the world, thus gaining a better foothold in understanding of how things work outside my neck of the woods and in some way gain an appreciation for my own country. That said I agree there is no best country, I liked visiting all of the countries I did and I can see how if you grew up in those countries you would appreciate it more than others. I was just correcting powys, I don’t think he’d like other countries as much as he thinks he would, especially if he was raised American. Culture shock is what kills it for many people, I liked the other countries I visited but none of them have the same feel of my home country. But that’s probably because I was born and bred here.

Also you forgot the aviation industry. It’s one of the biggest industries in the US right now and is actually about to experience an expansion not only in employment but also in next gen tech (granted sequestration doesn’t screw it anymore than it has already).

strider May 4, 2013, 3:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #244900

Nice fake smile lucy also every weekday i think i’m going to cry

what man May 4, 2013, 3:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #244901

Opps! I really forgot it. I thought Aviation Industry is a part of the Automobile Industry.

—A joke with black humor:
Chinese commercial planes are the safest planes in the world. None of them can even take off.

Henry Wang May 4, 2013, 4:34 AM EST.

Comment ID #244902

I feel like the beginning of the next page ia going to the be a “but”

Shadey May 4, 2013, 5:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #244903

@henry wang,

No problem man, only 1% of people really know a thing about aviation, less than that know about it’s inner workings.

That said, I’ve got a bit of aviation black humour of my own-

Did you know airplanes are foolproof? They reach the ground 100% of the time.

One of my flight instructors told me that one, go figure.

strider May 4, 2013, 5:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #244904

Henry, you post literally 15 times on every page and it’s insane. Please limit your comments to one per day from hereon.

SuitCase May 4, 2013, 6:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #244905

I will do that since June.

*I have already noticed that I am a bit too talkative, and that has caused much trouble. I think I need to answer other people’s replies. Another thing, it seems that you manage the website more than Veronica. And, if what I did caused some extra electric charge or net charge, I feel sorry here.

You need to take planes often, don’t you?

Henry Wang May 4, 2013, 6:11 AM EST.

Comment ID #244906

Help saving amazonian rainforests today! Limit your comments to one per day!

I think ‘Murrica is awesome. They kill people overseas without any trial, and doesn’t affraid of anything. Plus there’s a keg of freedom, and two crates of democracy per every citzien. So you can enjoy your freedom and democracy all the way. ‘Murrica **** yeah.

You know that Lucy says it’s ok, but it’s not ok, right? She didn’t seem relieved when Mike McDouche told her to start things over. She was all like: “Dudeeeeee…”. No seriously, she’s on drugs lately or what? Just look at her! That’s not the “Yay, friendship again” type of face. It’s more like: “Dude… you got chaaange?…”. Seriously, I say we have a shitload of drama coming our way.

Commander_Zero May 4, 2013, 6:18 AM EST.

Comment ID #244907

I know that’s for me…

Henry Wang May 4, 2013, 6:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #244908

I don’t know, I don’t think lucy became evil. what would she do?
nah, I think that smile is sincere.

about the news: oh my god 5 days a week is a dream for us, but it must be a nightmare for you. I hope you’ve got a biiig buffer, lol.

@Henry Wang:
take this last comment of yours: it was unneeded.
write the comments, then reread them and try to understand what is needed and what is not, then delete what’s unneeded.
I often write posts and then decide to delete them entirely, this way.

boh... May 4, 2013, 7:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #244909

omg i am scared of what the next chapter brings o.o

foxiepox May 4, 2013, 7:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #244911

@boh… :
“evil”? That is what I think Lucy is. But I used “suspicious” instead. “evil” is a bit over.

Henry Wang May 4, 2013, 10:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #244912

If a person can not be a totally kind person (like Sandy), to be a person with strong mind is the best, with a little bit “evil” is still acceptable. One Sandy is enough, I hope Lucy can be another kind of “perfect” person.

Only aim at me is not enough, I am only the 7% . I have a good idea, to start a “message board” for all readers to use with no limit can reduce messages in comments’ place.

Henry Wang May 4, 2013, 10:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #244913

that went well

qwup May 4, 2013, 10:36 AM EST.

Comment ID #244914

I did not heard a “I am sorry” anywhere above. From either of them. They both need to apologize. What Lucy did in Volume I is not ok. What Mike did in Volume II- “December” was not very nice. There are nicer ways of dropping a hint.
Also to have your best friend not even look at you on your Birthday? Today is my Birthday, and couple of years ago my dad yelled at me the day before my birthday and actually put me in tears and made me want to ran away. He did apologize and wish me a Happy Birthday. But to honest that was my worst Birthday ever. So maybe that is why I am so ****** at Mike for how he treated her especially on her Birthday of all days.

@Henry Wang
Suitcase is the site admin. Whether you agree with him or doesn’t matter. Henry. He asked you nicely. Also don’t double and triple post the same comment AND posting completely OFF topic comments. Things like those are why most of us skip over and don’t read you comments.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 4, 2013, 11:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #244915

they should be hugging and crying and saying sorry to each other over and over NOT THIS ;_;

Mimimi May 4, 2013, 12:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #244916

For anyone who doesn’t know, she is is telling the truth, with a side effect of course. Things would definitely be nice, but as how it’s going to be now, she isn’t truly going to be happy with just “starting over”. She’s plotting something, and its gonna be devastating, you guys Should already know it. The only problem that’s faces right now is, What is it gonna be?

Blackshadow May 4, 2013, 12:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #244917

You might be on to something. When Lucy had Mike’s phone, Mike was pretty much at Lucy’s mercy. She did something nice for Mike and where did it get her? several weeks of isolation and depression. If she gets the chance again I think will take advantage of it. Mike has created a monster(possibly).

@Those says this is the last thing she needs is Mike.
Mike is the only one who can really drag her out. This is her best friend and love of her life. She took his words seriously. No matter what Paulo does I doubt it will even come to match with the power that Mike has over her. She needs to know she did wrong, but she also needs to know Mike was wrong and people do care about her. That Mike’s soul ripping attack on her insecurities isn’t justified! NOW hold on and let me finish, she needed a wake up all that her behavior is not acceptable, but not in that way Mike did it. If she truly is dead on the inside, then the real Lucy is gone and this new Lucy might just want revenge. Whatever happens from here is going to get ugly. If this is going to get better Mike has to realize that Lucy isn’t there anymore, and this thing that has taken over her is partly his fault.
The better question is does he want to start over or does he want to help her. He can do both, but will he?

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 4, 2013, 12:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #244918

Yay! They started to reform their lost friendship, but I have bad feeling. As good as this is, I get the feeling that Lucy doesn’t truly want to “start over” I mean that smirk she has in the last panel is telling us something, I just don’t know what….OH WHO CARES (at this moment) LUCY AND MIKE SEEM TO BE MAKING UP AND I’M SO HAPPY, yet worried at the same time….

XxHimekoxX May 4, 2013, 1:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #244920

Oh shoot, she it’s planning something. That smile it’s kind of proving it 8-D

Silverope May 4, 2013, 3:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #244921


Just because someone doesn’t explicitly say it, doesn’t mean it’s not implied. That’s what we have here, an unspoken implied “i’m sorry”.

strider May 4, 2013, 3:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #244922

Updates every weekday ……… OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMY GOD *supreme nerdgasm*

Foolishprototype001 May 4, 2013, 4:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #244924

80% of your readers are completely blind to the undertones in your story Taeshi.

You think Lucy’s actually sincere in rekindling their “friendship” after what he’s done? Just notice how Taeshi purposefully left Lucy’s eyes out of the frame when she smiled and replied to Mike. That’s classic “I’ve got **** planned for you”. Lucy didn’t just get hurt, she got WRECKED emotionally, and is probably a completely different person by now. She’s not going to just go YAY Mike wants to be my friend again YAY!.

She’s gonna use him. :x

Follarch May 4, 2013, 5:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #244926

Sometimes it takes a real “I am sorry”. Because there have been implied sorrys from both of them, but a real “I am sorry” wouldn’t hurt would it?

Well spoken. It is pretty obvious the Lucy we know and love is not there… but buried somewhere deep in that depression and emotional wreck

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 4, 2013, 5:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #244927


Rue May 4, 2013, 7:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #244928

Lucy has forgiven Mike.
Mike has forgiven Lucy.
And it is almost impossible for either of them to apologize formally to another one.
“If none of development directions is clear enough, to keep the condition intact is the only best choice.” But Taeshi won’t agree though.

That is a kind of “conspiracy theory”.
I wonder how can a 15-year-old girl be gonna use him.

Henry Wang May 4, 2013, 7:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #244929


Joshua May 4, 2013, 8:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #244930

Aah Lucy is so pretty on this page ;u; And I really hope they can make up and be friends. I’ll admit I miss the old days |D
Keep it up Taeshi ;v; I’m looking forward to the next chapter~

Linkification May 4, 2013, 9:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #244931

bridge is burnt bro, dose not mean you cannot try and remake a new one. true it will never be the same, but maybe it will be better, you know?

Whistleblower May 4, 2013, 9:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #244932

That gives me a lot of hope hearing that. Yeah is it possible they could start over and actually fall in love :love:

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 4, 2013, 11:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #244933


Gagethemagicbean May 5, 2013, 1:49 AM EST.

Comment ID #244934


Gagethemagicbean May 5, 2013, 1:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #244935

HELL TO THE **** YEA :love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love period I love it, Mike I was worried you would say something stupid but you pulled it off. Lucy I was worried you would snap and beat up Mike, who would not fight back because he felt guilty, and now the USS MikeXLucy got some insta repair and an upgrade ;). Mike and Lucy have a foreseeable relationship now and the ship is not taking on more water than the Titanic.

Devin May 5, 2013, 2:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #244936

That reminded me of my famous quote:
“One small step for Mike, One giant *** leap for MikexLucy”
It’s more like a band-aid slapped on there, but that is better than nothing. At least ship is resurfacing unlike the Titanic :)

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 5, 2013, 2:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #244937

“One small step for Mike, One giant *** leap for MikexLucy”
What a humorous quote. (Neil Armstrong: “Ahchoo!!!*sneeze, ****!”) (Add one more thing, “unlike Titanic, like titanium.”)

But I prefer “One small step for a drama, one giant leap for Mike and Lucy.”
I do not support MikexLucy relationship, but friendship instead. Mike need a thoughtful heart, Lucy need a strong soul. This chapter is a turning point of the story.

Henry Wang May 5, 2013, 4:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #244939

>.> is that revenge i smell?

Flashpelt1 May 5, 2013, 9:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #244940

Excited for how this chapter ended.

Aesha May 5, 2013, 10:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #244941

Looks like we’re going to get some awesome new peeps at all the CONVENTIONS YES. Must ignore the wail-lings of the coin pouch, there’re great things to do and greater things to buy!

Welgaea May 5, 2013, 11:59 AM EST.

Comment ID #244942


xXsabbathXx May 5, 2013, 12:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #244943

I was going to comment on how this is a great comic for setting up future developments.
Then I read Tae’s post, so instead I have to comment on your changes.
Good luck guys!

Nixtarma May 5, 2013, 12:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #244945

Everyone is forgetting something! Happy birthday to Molly!

SunWolfX May 5, 2013, 2:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #244946

@Henry Wang
Drama drove them part. :nope: Well it helped drive them apart.
And Do not shot down my MikexLucy Ship damn it! Furious Abbey
I took Neil’s original quote and changed it a bit. :/

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 5, 2013, 3:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #244947

Now that I’m thinking about it, assuming that Lucy has actually forgiven him (and is not automatically just doing it so she doesn’t have to react to it, due to her “dead inside” situation), this might actually STRENGTHEN the possibility of Mike and Lucy getting together.

Before the whole fallout happened (referring to when Mike started being a jerk to Lucy), the love they had was “immature”; it was more of childhood crushes that neither side wanted to admit at the right time, which showed that, at the point they were at, they weren’t really ready to be together. This type of fallout would’ve happened eventually at some point even if Mike and Lucy had gotten together, as they’d have to realize that love isn’t as perfectly simple as they had believed. Now that they got some of the fallout out of the way and, assuming that Lucy can be broken out of her dead-like shell, they will HAVE to look at their relationship with a far more realistic and mature view. This means that, if they do fall in love, it’ll be true love as they will love each other knowing that things will never be perfect, and that they’ll always have their differences… yet they won’t care.

Deiser May 5, 2013, 6:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #244948

lol guys, some months ago I wished for sandy to, I don’t know, die or something so that mike and lucy could be together. but now, sincerely, I hope mike helps sandy to get out of her impossible life somehow and leave lucy alone with paulo.
give paulo a chance, for god’s sake! he deserves it! YES THANATOS, HE DESERVES IT SHUT UP

[…] that neither side wanted to admit at the right time […]
only lucy didn’t.

boh... May 5, 2013, 6:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #244949

That is an example when Lucy wasn’t. That was the first time Lucy wasn’t ready. We see in the flash back from this chapter Mike wasn’t ready. We see in Volume I when they are getting ready for the dance and all the girls but one are asking him out. We can see he is having a struggle. We see in “Hot Pursuit” neither of them are ready.

I agree with ya 100%, but I am not sure of Lucy has forgiven Mike yet. And I hope she hasn’t. I do hope she does in future, but now they both need to apologize and Lucy needs to start the healing process. Which, I believe only Mike can actually start it.

Are you one of us endanger species called Mikex Lucy shippers?

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 5, 2013, 6:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #244950

Oh yeah she’s plotting some sort of revenge.

Steel Wings May 5, 2013, 6:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #244951

I said “At the right time”. At that point, Mike was already seeing Sandy IIRC, and was just basically crushing over Lucy. Lucy also admitted that she loved Mike, remember? But it was also the wrong time, hence why she was outright rejected.


@TheRealSomeone(aka Someone

Believe it or not, I’m not. I only recently came on board (by “recently” I mean a few months back; I literally stumbled upon BCB via TVTropes >_>), so I only got caught up a few weeks back, hence why I only started commenting since last page. I’m one of those guys who actually doesn’t prefer one Lucy pairing to another, because Taeshi throws enough reasonable plot twists that a couple that would seem impossible to me a few pages ago might be completely feasible now. For example, until the previous page, I thought that a potential love interest between Lucy and Mike was tragically unsalvageable, but now I see it as working in a mature, slow manner. However, I don’t see Mike x Sandy working in the long run because Mike is acting too childish about it, letting whatever Sandy say massively affect him, so unless he learns to rely on his own opinions instead of hiding them from people until it’s too late, I can’t see his current relationship working.

TL;DR: I’m sort of one I guess…. for now. >:3

Deiser May 5, 2013, 6:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #244952

Well it wouldn’t work because they are in a long distance, and Sandy’s mom doesn’t improve of detraction, I mean Mike. Yeah he seems to stand up to anyone but the girl(s) he cares about. When the realization that Sandy and him can’t be together hits we’ll mostly see him go crawling back to replacement girl when that happens. In a way he is dependent himself, it is like he always has to have a girl he loves, likes, he cares about, cares about him, or all of the above..

OH btw good insightful comment’s like yours are never too long. ;)

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 5, 2013, 7:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #244953


Kayla May 5, 2013, 8:14 PM EST.

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Sandy’s opinion of Lucy took a while before it affected him.I think the “I doin’t think I like her” was what top it off.
It maybe so, but remember, back then he was a kid.And he’s matured a lot.While he will probably really need someone’s shoulder to cry one if he ever broke up with Sandy, he might also choose to deal with it his own way.

Anonymous Cat May 5, 2013, 9:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #244956

@Anonymous Cat
When the Sandy one comes he is going to make Angst Lucy look strong. He balled his eyes out when she left and they were just friends, and he has become attached to her now. I really see when that happens regardless how he feels about her he will crawl back to replacement girl.

TheRealSomeone(akaSomeone May 5, 2013, 10:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #244957

Can’t wait to see the next page! It has me on the edge!

Julia KaNeko May 5, 2013, 11:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #245057

I personally think Mike is letting Lucy off way too easy here. Years of physical and psychological abuse are no laughing matter, and it makes me a little scared that so many people are taking the bully’s side here.

But what do I know? I’m just The Weirdo.

The Weirdo May 6, 2013, 7:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #245060

The question is, is this apology sincere? or is he just doing this because Sandy wanted him to still be friends with Lucy?

DeathofInk May 6, 2013, 8:39 AM EST.

Comment ID #245064

Pardon me for asking,
but what did he say earlier to prompt him to tell Lucy, “That wasn’t the right thing to say.”?

Guest May 6, 2013, 8:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #245085

great chapter. look forward to more.

aidsmanexpress May 6, 2013, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #245088

Not that great of a chapter, but i enjoyed some parts of it.

Anonymous May 6, 2013, 1:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #245093

great, the title of the next chapter seems grim for the comic.

Anonymous May 6, 2013, 2:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #245129

Was thinking.

You know how there’s some sort of possibility of Lucy leaving?
Is Lucy happy because instead of ignoring each other / arguing like she thought they would, they’d be able to spend some quality time together?

Just a thought.

JustSaying May 7, 2013, 2:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #245143

*sits calmly* … *reads the last panel* …………………. TAESHI WHERE ARE YOU WE MUST HUG

Zetsumei May 7, 2013, 6:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #245234

So many feels.

DekuMarth May 8, 2013, 7:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #245292

Let the healing begin u__u

dynamo May 8, 2013, 8:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #245437

-CLAP CLAP CLAP and tear runs down check- AMAZING. I KNEW wearing his blue scarf again was a good idea =DD 8-D

butterflyslicer May 11, 2013, 7:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #247466

OMG I get why the “that would be nice” comment was said in a sarcastic/off creepy way. She ended up leaving and got her “fresh start” but not in the way that Mike had meant.

Creatrix June 4, 2013, 11:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #252896

Lucy took this… surprisingly well. I don’t know, I was expecting the obvious: her rejecting him. It seemed (to me, at least) as if she finally got over Mike .And now he wants to apologize?

But it is what it is. I’ll enjoy whatever comes out of this comic anyway.

I really hope she chooses Paulo over him, though; the kid was, or at least tried, to always be there for her.

savagePEST July 9, 2013, 1:56 AM EST.

Comment ID #259505

I like that from the time that she started to sort of rot inside because of MIKE YOU JERK she kind of lost the highlights in her eyes. like, the little white things. yeah, those. :/

Astrid555.1 September 14, 2013, 2:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #261192

You know, looking back on this page I realized something. She doesn’t agree to being friends again or anything. She doesn’t say anything concrete, just, “That’d be nice.” It makes me think (since she’s leaving, after all) that’s it’s too little too late, though she appreciated the sentiment. :(

J October 7, 2013, 7:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #263090

I mean, okay, he apologised, but I don’t think I’d ever want to be friends with someone that said those things.

Vix October 25, 2013, 10:19 AM EST.

Comment ID #263258

wait but who is the jerk here

i’m just happy they’re back together :’)

TheClosetFurfag October 26, 2013, 12:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #280737

Looking back, i think this was the moment when she decided.

Amanda May 7, 2014, 4:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #283088

Finnally, you little *******.

Deadman Conducter June 24, 2014, 11:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #293979

Mike has officially become my least favorite character. He says that everything revolves around Lucy, yet he acts as though everything revolves around him. I don’t care if they end up together, in fact I rather they didn’t. Mike is an outright ******* who won’t acknowledge his own faults. The fact that he didn’t apologize and simply says let’s ‘start over’ means that he truly believed what he said about Lucy being a parasite. He thinks Lucy will come to him on his neck and call, and that his whole group of friends will follow whatever stupid decision he makes. If Lucy accepts his offer all that does is support the words he said to her in his mind. Because he cannot see the consequences of his actions he feels no guilt. In fact, I bet the only reason he approached Lucy was because his girlfriend told him to Mad Lucy

Genesis February 13, 2015, 11:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #299871

@Chocothunda, respectable…? I just got done re-reading it, and you think its respectable..? Okay, I know we have opinions.. But let me tell you something… There were 3, 3 things he said that were true. And 12 that were lies. All of which hurt lucy. And he is respectable because he lies to hurt someone…? :(

Not only that, but almost all of what he says has contradictions (Despite already being lies) Of course, one of these are in the future, so you weren’t able to read it when you wrote that (In happy hour “None of you even treat me like friends!” When he clearly states daisy as being one of his best friends in december) It just doesn’t make sense, and I can explain why.

For one: He didn’t really hate lucy, he just temporarily forgot the good she did because of what sandy said (So he only acted like he hated her for sandy, I guess) but here’s the kicker, sandy then asks mike to talk it out, and that everything will get better. Which then he says “It’d probably get better if she just died”

…What? I’m sorry, wasn’t the only reason you hated lucy was FOR sandy? And now that sandy wants you to make up, you’re like “Nah, don’t feel like it”? What’s with the sudden change in interest? Wasn’t his interest to please sandy in the first place? Talking about sandy…

How about when they met..? Sandy already started liking mike, before she even knew him. And what is that? That is liking someone for their looks. And what did he tell lucy? “People are only interested in you for your looks, nobody could love you for who you really are” And does sandy know who you really are, mike…?

Clearly he acts differently in front of sandy, thus showing a “Different” Self. If sandy were to figure out what mike said, who know’s what would happen.. Perhaps the whole “Nobody could love you for who you really are” thing could be used here with mike and sandy. They basically found their love on looks in the first place, so the whole thing about “Interested in only your looks” And “Nobody loves you for who you really are” is a bit hypocritical (Seeing how mike was drawing SKETCHES of sandy before even talking to her)

Even after all of that, even after her apology and trying to fix things, even after she died inside, and even after she was sent to the hospital!… He still was bitter until he REMEMBERED what happened… Remembered the good she did… Like really, THAT didn’t make you feel at all guilty, but remembering did? She’s basically going to be a no friend girl from now on now…

You know.. Due to her only being friends with “Them” (The current cast) because she was friends with mike, and they were friends with him. So what happens if she is by her self, from scratch? Kindergarten all over again.

The “Why does she always try to ruin my life?!” Thing is hypocritical. She tried helping, not only that, but he ruined her life already. Permanently too, unless teashi has plans (Which I know you do, you creative little person you ;) )

The literal inability to see what lucy is doing or how she is, is literally driving me insane. Its all I think about now. “What is lucy doing.. How is she..” Guh, who knew I could get attached to a fictional character so much, that it would affect my real life this much. :(

I usually try to shorten what I say, but it usually always comes out choppy and broken. So, I decided to just let loose here, and not cut bits off, that way it is readable, and understandable (For the most part anyways.. I hope.. Unless I had a brain fart somewhere.. :unsure: )

I just have a lot on my mind, and every day that passes with questions unanswered, only adds to the pile. I have a ton more to say, but I don’t want to make this 10-20-30 times longer to cover everything. Especially since this probably won’t be read (Seeing how not many people will come back to this specific page) So.. Bummer, I just wasted 20 minutes. :nope:

Off to bed, I suppose. Another day, another thought process of questions. :unsure: Me and my inability to not overthink things.. ‘tis a burden. :x

EDIT: Gotta go fast! Only 10 minutes to edit!

This page goes perfectly with what he said. The whole “People are only nice to me if I play nice to you” So… you know.. She tried saving him by getting rid of the parasite. Ouch. :(

Also, he never specifically apologized here, only said he shouldn’t have said that, and not that they weren’t true (Which they weren’t, at least 12 of them weren’t) So I don’t want to hear it from you people that “Oh but he tried to apologize!” Hell no he didn’t! He barely did a thing!… Sorry, I can’t stand biased stuff.. Not saying my stuff is not biased or is, I don’t know my self. I’m trying to be very open minded with mike, but if I do be open minded with him, then I also have to be very open minded with lucy as well.. And.. Logically.. Lucy had much more reason to do and be what and who she is. Sorry mike. :unsure:

Remembrance June 10, 2015, 12:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #299876

Also, I 100% agree with you @genesis. That is close if not my exact interpretation of what happened and how they feel. Except he is not my least favorite character, not close to my favorite, but not my least.

(that spot is reserved for either abbey’s dad, that one guy who attacked them in the alley way, or David(?) Only reason I say david is.. Well.. Lets just say the majority of all the drama in the entire comic can be linked to him in someway or another, either a flash back of a long time ago, or his influence in the present [On paulo mostly] )

Remembrance June 10, 2015, 1:02 PM EST.

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