81. Take Heart, page posted 3/26/14

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Take Heart — Page 29
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Reader comments

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Comment ID #278158

Good for Rachael, she has her reasons and priorities straight, but she’s a loving character and that is why people like her personality.

Keyblade Dragon March 26, 2014, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #278225

@pretty much everyone:

A bit late, but I think I can explain Paulo’s comment about Abbey’s mom.

Paulo’s mom left him and his dad when he was really young. So he grew up without a mother. His mom is pretty much dead to him: he never sees her, and hasn’t since he was a toddler (based on a Ask Roseville High book-exclusive question ;) ).
Also, Paulo likely knows nothing about what really happened to Abbey/his mom. Like Mike said once, Abbey doesn’t often tell the others about himself (http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c39/p6.html).
Thus, Paulo doesn’t know how hard Abbey had it, and probably thinks that their situations are quite similar.
Therefore, Paulo calls Abbey a crybaby for “whining about his mom”, because Paulo, doubtlessly having never grieved publicly, thinks Abbey should suck it up as he himself did.

Upon hearing the remark, Abbey does not want to retaliate for two reasons:
1. It would require him opening up and explaining his situation, which he does not want to do,
2. He is trying to follow his counseling and not become violent (like in Feline Filibuster).

This does not mean it wasn’t wrong for Paulo to say this. However, I hope to offer some insight into the thought process of the characters, and thus come to a better understanding. We all have to think before pointing fingers.

Taeshi, your amazing storyline can never be praised enough. Congratulations and thank you for it :)

Sambo March 26, 2014, 9:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #278246

@Blank On Purpose

Funny thing is, Lucy’s probably the only other person who’d be able to set Paulo straight when he’s about to go into ****** territory.
She has done so in the past, and also a little bit with Daisy.

It also seems like that Paulo has realized that he has more feelings for Lucy than “”I WANNA BANG HER!!”” and that those other feelings are quite strong.

But you are correct on the part that both Lucy and Paulo need to straighten out their emotions and get their senses in order.
Especially Lucy’s self esteem direly needs a complete overhaul after Mike went all demolition man on it.

Paulo MIGHT be able to help there, but that requires that he temporarily puts Lucy’s feelings and general mental well-being higher than his own for some time.

And judging by his actions in the past chapters, he clearly needs to sort out his own problems first before even attempting to do so.

Ghisler March 27, 2014, 3:44 PM EST.

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