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Comment ID #278267

first,. son B)

Skylar March 28, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278268

>first get

Lolwut March 28, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278269

xD ppppfffthhahaa

Sirknight March 28, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

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Dragobir March 28, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278271

At least one person knows how to take things in amusing stride. :P

Inre March 28, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278272

lol barking get it cause she’s a dog

TheLazyCharmander March 28, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278273

So cute :)

Scatman March 28, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278274

That’s our Rachel everyone 8-D

Rocky March 28, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278275

Ughh, she’s so cute! XD
I admit that Paulo and Rachel are without question 100% adorable….

but I still can’t leave Paulo and Lucy for two reasons:
1) Mike is just wrong for Lucy. :/
and from that, unless another male comes along, Paulo seems the only other amiable choice. Honestly, they have had some cute moments—- when he does have his mind streight, he’s absolutely crazy about her, and Lucy has shown multiple times that she likes Paulo but doesn’t want to risk hurting him because she knows she’s not in the right place to be with him healthily right now.

2) From the way Rachel said that she wanted a family of her own, it sounds as if she means one fathered by her husband and birthed by her, and that she wants it to happen that way pretty badly. :c

also, dat Rachel face first on the last row. -heart melt-

fufufu... March 28, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278276

now thats just adorable

~~ March 28, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

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HelTH March 28, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #278278

tsun tsun tsun tsun…..

Triniking March 28, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #278279

Adorable page. I remembered Matt from Rachel’s party, so I definitely didn’t think that he was a relative to Rachel.

Paulo’s still rocking that friendship flower look. 8-)

gardnaeden March 28, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #278280

why does this make me think his gay?

person March 28, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #278281

There needs to be a Rachel plushie!!! What the sassafras?! She’s too kewt!!!

I wish I could make one, but I don’t have the skills nor the money =(

kaminari683 March 28, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #278282

AW~! Paulo’s blushing XD

Subaru March 28, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #278283

God damn it Rachel, you can be so cute sometimes XD

Deiser March 28, 2014, 1:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #278284

Pffffff hahahaha. Paulo you so jealous. And now Rachel is having a even harder time trying to ignore you. Come on paulo give that dog a bone :P. She would totally like to bark up your tree :smirk:.

Blue fox March 28, 2014, 1:06 PM EST.

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dubstep_kitteh1 March 28, 2014, 1:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #278286

Rachel you are so GOTDAMN ADORABLE

TBlackfeet March 28, 2014, 1:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #278287

Hi…Taeshi.. I have been reading this web comic for a year and a half…I love it…The reason I didn’t comment is because I was afraid and shy. The comic you made me happy about making friends and some of them help me in real life..I hope I can be friends with you all..

And…..Dasiy is sooooo CUTE!!!!!

Too shy so wait March 28, 2014, 1:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #278288

XD this makes me ship them all the more. Paulo is so adorkable

Luna March 28, 2014, 1:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #278289

Wait… WHAT?!? PAULO DIDN’T SCREW IT UP? This is a pleasant surprise.

Astarion March 28, 2014, 1:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #278290

If i said it once, i shall continue to do as such

Axel K. March 28, 2014, 1:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #278291

This is really cute and it’s great how Rachel is taking this all with good humor.

K March 28, 2014, 1:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #278292

Yes, beautiful. Perfect.

Gnuk March 28, 2014, 1:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #278293

YES! I knew the jealousy thing would work. I knew it would only make things better with Rachel. She thought it was super cute :D

At panel 10 it looks like the hopes are rising inside of Rachel :)

Jonas97face March 28, 2014, 1:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #278294

Yay, this is ending on a happy note! ^w^

Insanitybreach March 28, 2014, 1:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #278295

D’AWWWWW, this is so damn cute. o-o I still prefer PauloxLucy doe. x3

JasperCat March 28, 2014, 1:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #278296

I’m glad that the suden focus on lovely paintings has not diminished Taeshi’s ability to make everybody laugh with the characters’ faces. This chapter has had plenty of fun expressions. :3

MigBird March 28, 2014, 1:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #278297

This is the cutest page ever.

DokiDoki March 28, 2014, 1:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #278298

Oh Rachael, you are surprisingly the best.

Keyblade Dragon March 28, 2014, 1:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #278299

Rachel reminds me of my girlfriend.

In that she’s a dog.

Zott March 28, 2014, 1:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #278300

Omg that was so cuuuute :D
And i really lost it when i saw Rachel laughing :P
Also, Rachels face in panel 9 :D

Tails March 28, 2014, 1:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #278301

I used to think Rachel was so annoying and now she’s so freaking cute!

Stephanie March 28, 2014, 1:31 PM EST.

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She read you like an open BOOK, Paulo XD

I love these two :3

Chocothunda March 28, 2014, 1:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #278303

Aww, like the bashful husband and the teasing wife already, so adorable isn’t it?
Paulo must feel real dumb now. You know, despite the reputation Rach has for being “easy”, I don’t recall any other time in this comic where she has slept with anyone, but Paulo…multiple times.
There have been instances where she would “hound” after other guys (get it, because she’s a dog, arf, arf arf. Thought I’d throw that “bone” out there), but the comic never explicitly reveals her sleeping with them.
I think the relationship between Paulo and Rach is more mature and stable. In my mind, the relationship between Paulo and Lucy is something of a teen anime shot towards people with, uh…”large emotions”. I remember there was a time where I was all for having Paulo and Lucy get together, but with age I seem to be reconsidering what I once validated.
Lucy, despite her icy attempts to appear strong, is in serious, like SERIOUS need of a crutch…everything she does just cries out for it and Paulo, which in some regards is unfortunate, is more than willing to be that crutch. It’s going to be a relationship where Lucy wants emotional, deep emotional fulfillment and Paulo is going to be more than ready to hand it out, until he possible gets exhausted.
Sure, we can say Paulo “loves” or “lusts” (take your pick) for Lucy on more mature terms, but the reality I see between them is less than mature…it’s a highly emotional and physical attraction. This bullet train of a pair can speed off happily into the wondrous realm of Never Never Land or it can wreck…badly in flames and scrap metal.

Blank On Purpose March 28, 2014, 2:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278304

We need some WTF booms in here!

Gate-senpai March 28, 2014, 2:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #278305

Paulo Tell her the truth because you love Lucy!

Joseph March 28, 2014, 2:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #278306

She likes her guys squirming.

Gabba March 28, 2014, 2:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #278307

Hahaha oh paulo, this absolutely made my day xD

eagle March 28, 2014, 2:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #278308

I was expecting some sort of tail wagging honestly.

She sees right through him.

MobileCrusader March 28, 2014, 2:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #278309

Rachael is too cute!

taNi March 28, 2014, 2:23 PM EST.

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Panel 5:


Huh? March 28, 2014, 2:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #278311

Matt’s cute

Insigma March 28, 2014, 3:15 PM EST.

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Ooh also I love the way Jordan’s eyes are done with the bright blue and then a little blue on the fur, that looks so cool.

Ket March 28, 2014, 3:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #278313

daw so cute!

Othoniel March 28, 2014, 3:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #278314

I will never stop loving Rachel

MissShellGiraffe March 28, 2014, 3:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #278315

the real ship is Rachel X Snoopy

anon March 28, 2014, 4:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #278316

@Blank On Purpose
Lucy wouldn’t be in need for a emotional crutch forever y’know.
She seems like a fairly balanced person who due to circumstances she wasn’t in control of were off to a bad start in her childhood, and constantly experienced obstacles.
And then Mike kicked her self-worth and integrity off a cliff right about when she were about to set herself straight.

Your description of Lucy funny enough matches Daisy bang-on instead though, Because even when everything is perfect, she still craves “protection” by others.
Daisy’s the one who’d constantly need a crutch in order to not devolve into a weeping mess even when there isn’t any problems or obstacles.
Remember the whole base of this chapter? that should be proof enough.

Although the relationship between Paulo and Lucy were in the beginning something straight out of a generic Anime show “recipe”, it has developed slightly further than that, but it is quite impossible to tell where it’ll go when Lucy’s not there, due to a chain of events that Mike seems to have been the main catalyst of.

Although in Lucy’s CURRENT state she does need strong emotional support.
She literally wasn’t nor couldn’t prepare(d) herself for Mike’s thrashing of all her mental weak spots.
But so do pretty much everyone who’s been broken down completely by someone they though they could trust.
After all, trust isn’t something you get, it is something you EARN.
And Lucy isn’t the kind of person who gives that to anyone without a good reason, her childhood being the reason of that.

Sofus March 28, 2014, 4:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #278317

At the end,: pffffHAHAHAHAHA.XD

TheScarletTailedFox March 28, 2014, 4:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #278318

Oh Rachel, I love you so much. You’re so not drama.

Also, I gotta say? No joke, Paulo looks adorable with that flower in his hair.

DavionStar March 28, 2014, 5:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278319

I wouldn’t be surprised if friendship flowers would someday appear at the conventions Veronica and Souppy attend. Even though it’s played humorously, I think it’d be a big hit at conventions.

gardnaeden March 28, 2014, 5:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #278320

She’s really “Barking”…

HongKat March 28, 2014, 5:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #278321

That fifth panel laugh is just adorable. :3

Sixcolors March 28, 2014, 5:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #278322

@fufufu… what about Augustus. he seems like a not entirely villainous monster who actually might care about lucy. and could benifit greatly from having someone to help straighten him out aswell. every one seems to gloss over the possibility of LucyXAugustus in favor of Mike or Paulo.

King_Crimson March 28, 2014, 6:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #278323

Heh. I have to admit, the phrase “barking up that tree” seems pretty silly coming from anyone in this comic’s universe.

Ravako March 28, 2014, 6:04 PM EST.

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Phillip March 28, 2014, 6:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #278325

This page oddly makes me wish I were an animator just so I could make a .gif of Rachel bursting into laughter like that.

Twenty-Three March 28, 2014, 6:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #278326

Panels 4&5: Laugh Level = EPIC! XD
What a terrific page! And 3 more pages yet to come? It could end happily right here, but I look forwards to the conclusion.

As others have mentioned, Rachael has really shined (shone?) in this story, shown some real spirit and character. :P

5Cats March 28, 2014, 6:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #278327

Wow. So few comments. Usually there are more comments after the upload.

Augustus is obsessed with Daisy.

@Tails and Bluefox:
@Lickit hasn’t commented. He didn’t comment on the last page upload either. Did he maybe take a break from BCB? I think he has.

Jonas97face March 28, 2014, 6:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #278328

I killed him

SuitCase March 28, 2014, 7:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #278329

Because he’s only focused on Daisy

Nabble March 28, 2014, 7:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #278331

@fufufu… @King_Crimson Or Jessica. I think JessicaxLucy might work. I basically ship Paulo with everyone tho. PauloxRachel, PauloxLucy, PauloxDaisy, PauloxDavid, PauloxMike, PauloxAbbey. Paulo is very shippable.

Patrick March 28, 2014, 7:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #278332

Saw this coming from a mile away. Heheh.

Asdf March 28, 2014, 7:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #278333

Sooo cute!!! I just love Rachel so much! :P

ButterscottchFairyTale March 28, 2014, 8:04 PM EST.

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So Paulo is like Ketchup.

Goes with almost everything.

Keltin March 28, 2014, 8:15 PM EST.

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@King_Crimson: Augustus is currently in love with Daisy so that’d be just as unfair as Daisy being with Abbey while still having her crush for Mike has been seen as.

He is definitely the best at interacting with Lucy because I don’t actually recall even a single instance where she got mad enough to hit him hard, and he was pretty tolerant of her even though he said he only liked girls that weren’t helpless, implying she was. However, I don’t feel they’d work out well together personally - I feel they’d be better as friends because though they can argue, Augustus does give her sound advice and they do seem to enjoy hanging out. I can’t see it going further at this point in time personally due to how little Augustus and Lucy share about themselves but maybe in the future that will change.

I ship Jessica x Lucy personally because I don’t really like Mike at this point of time and currently Paulo x Rachel is so adorable that I’m loving it. XD

Moogle March 28, 2014, 8:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #278336

He is propably ****** that paulo got a good end to the story chapter so far^^
or maybe he just didn´t want to comment on the last 2 pages because it is too cute for him :P
or what @SuitCase said is true :D

omg Jessica x Lucy? well that would be good for jessica :D

Tails March 28, 2014, 8:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #278337

Matt and Jordan are lovers. Calling it.

Fluffy March 28, 2014, 8:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #278338

D’awww :P

WellAlright March 28, 2014, 8:48 PM EST.

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Lol if u look close I think shes wagging her tail

JustSomeCritic March 28, 2014, 9:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #278340

God help me… My dreams are crashing and burning in front of my very eyes… :(

Vanilla March 28, 2014, 9:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #278341

Awwwww… this is just too cute, I love it :love:
I’ve been shipping PauloxLucy for a while, but now I dunno… Paulo and Rachel are just so cute together!
Also, I can’t really ship anybody with Lucy if she’s still in the state she was at the play :( She obviously is not emotionally ready for a relationship.
Still, if she comes back semi-normal, and Paulo still likes her… but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it :) For now, I enjoy the adorableness

Sambo March 28, 2014, 10:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #278342

XD I knew it! Hahahahahah! I called it, I knew this was going to happen!

Michelle March 28, 2014, 11:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #278343

He’s super gay, isn’t he? Not judging, but judging by that first panel, Lucy’s little brother may need an adult… or not. If there is one hint of gay innuendo in the next page, I’m going to automatically assume I was right. This would be very interesting, as this will be the first gay male on the strip (that I can recall), and he seems like a nice guy so I’m not worried about Lucy’s little brother!

Play on.

Sanitarium March 29, 2014, 12:26 AM EST.

Comment ID #278344

All right, Rachel for the win!

Mcturtle March 29, 2014, 1:05 AM EST.

Comment ID #278345

This is so sweeet aslpo rachel is sooooooooooooo cuteh im may bek drunkmp but danm gurl good job taeshi drunl hamshi Enjoy!!! also paulo is lo vely<$

Taeahi You’re alsome !!!!! godn aI can’tn type for pop I hope you has fun with suitcase.,,, do some kinyk **** bpfre meeeeeeeeeeeeee :D:D:DKDL:DLD:D:D

Hamshi March 29, 2014, 5:45 AM EST.

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I regret this nakl entirelu

Hamshi March 29, 2014, 5:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #278348

your table was great! I was the one with the cat whiskers.

Anyway, HA paolo you were SO jealous

Cyan March 29, 2014, 6:21 AM EST.

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I hope this chapter ends on a positive note, though it’ll be a wonderful chapter no matter how it ends, just by what was covered.

I can’t help but wonder if Rachel is going to react to Paulo’s friendship flower from David in any visible way. Part of me believes she’s quite possibly the most understanding character on the PLANET, and just wouldn’t care or notice. She’s honestly become one of my favorite characters in the series.

I feel like if it were any other girl but Rachel, they would react along the lines of “Nice flower… *glares* Who’s it from?” Or, even more dramatically, would react before even asking the question of who it’s from.

Rachel’s the cutest she’s ever been with the art style used right now. I just hope I’m overthinking the aspect of the significance of a rose in his hair to a third party, but Paulo’s actions have a tendency to… er… not go over very well, even when he means well.

gardnaeden March 29, 2014, 12:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #278350

Jealousy: Making things either weird or bad. This was a different outcome XD

SplatterCandy March 29, 2014, 1:50 PM EST.

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Schadenfreude much?

Spiff March 29, 2014, 3:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #278352

hey everybody its me again, been awhile. it has actually gotten kinda painful to come back and read the update due to the fact that I still hold out hope for the mikexlucy ship, and that seems like a no go, soo,,,, yeah. anyways it looks like Paulo is finaly figuring his **** out. good for him.

Curtis March 29, 2014, 4:16 PM EST.

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@ Tails/Jonas97face Rachel said she tried barking up that tree with matt. I say she is also talking about making acceptations for cat people that she really loves. Such as dating and getting in a committed relationship. I hope Paulo can see this is a big deal and dose not screw this up but with three pages left I got a warm fuzzy felling about the end. I never really cared for Rachel in the beginning but I must say she is pretty awesome and im glad we are getting to se more of her :P.

Blue fox March 29, 2014, 5:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #278355

Now, this is cute. :love:

Hawz March 29, 2014, 6:55 PM EST.

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I think I like where this is going.

Sweet God The Controversy March 29, 2014, 6:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #278357

@Suitcase and @Tails

Honestly that’s so immature. :/ There hasn’t been anything interesting enough to use my one post since I’m not allowed to comment multiple times.

I’d prefer to make a nice post once the rest of you discuss something past how amazing the comic is. I can’t add anything past agreeing that I also enjoy the story.

I’d also wager that no one wants to give opinions, in case they look like they are stirring up “trouble” over the story-line. I imagine we will have a vanilla comment section for awhile until people get the courage again to speak up without nerves of losing comment privileges.

Either that or my comments were actually interesting, and people got philosophical with the banter.

As for the last two pages, they aren’t that revealing at the moment so the story is a bit boring. We all knew Paulo was jealous, Rachel has hangups on getting serious with kitties for baby reasons, and as everyone suspected Rachel didn’t like Oreo (Matt).

Not even I can stir up any excitement at this point of this chapter. Nothing is new at the moment. And frankly, I do not like to watch the most selfish kitties (Daisy and Paulo) jerk around with their (not really interested in much over someone else) lovers. They have an absolute refusal to face this major problem.

And just so you guys know, @sofus had the best post here. The rest of you guys aren’t trying to talk much in comparison.

Lickit&Stickit March 29, 2014, 9:04 PM EST.

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I have to say I don’t mind the cuteness. In fact, I revel in it. :love:

I thought about waiting to make this post, but seeing as it will probably be ignored I won’t wait.
The hostility that’s happened in comments section I would have to say that it’s either a way of communicating to someone or ‘venting’. I’m going to assume, since it’s a widespread idea, that a lot of people make those type of posts with the intention of getting rid of their irritation or maybe even anger. This is an intuitive, yet completely misguided notion. That simply is not how anger and it’s various forms work. Even the idea of ‘bottling it up’ seems to be more along the lines of rumination. Anger, like depression, only gets worse when you ruminate on those type of ideas; they also tend to be out of line with reality anyway. A much more effective method of calming yourself is to ask yourself why you are angry and that will prove more effective over the long-term even over breathing or counting.

Now as for thinking that aggression, active or passive, will get your point across better is seriously flawed. Unless your aim is only to **** someone off. Perhaps what you’re saying seems so obvious that any moron should agree, but with that attitude in mind you will be met with quite a bit of resistance. As for the people who like to see that sort of thing happening, well all I can say is do what you like; I don’t really frown upon on it. I know that I can’t change anyone and it would be foolish of me to go in with that sort of attitude.

I’m certain that these ideas are more effective than what is held as common sense, but if you disagree with what I say it doesn’t make you stupid.

HelTH March 29, 2014, 10:06 PM EST.

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I just had an opifiny. If I lived in this world I could have all the sex I could ever want with out the fear of getting the girl pregnant as long as I slept with a different race 8-D.

JustSomeCritic March 29, 2014, 10:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #278360

Now he has commented, are you happy now? :P

Yeah i hope that he doesn´t screw it up either, but with 3 pages up to come there is still plenty of stuff that could go wrong o.o
Like i said, so farRachel is the most grown up in terms of dealing with those kind of problems, she wants a family of her own later on, but she also is not as deluded as others *coughsandlooksatthelastseveralpages* about it.
What i personally would like to see would be Abbey coming to paulo and thanking him for his speech (mostly because some people here would flip a table if that happens :D), but that propably will not happen.
Also, i´m still happy that i was right about rachels feelings and that paulo basically was able to “tame” her without really noticing it ^^

That was a really interesting comment.

Tails March 29, 2014, 10:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #278361

@ HelTH your right. We do think a like.

Blue fox March 29, 2014, 10:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #278362

Oh, i hope you guys are having a good time at Emerald City Comicon! My moms knee surgery got pushed back so now i cant go. ;_; (Dreams Crushed) Too bad no major comic cons are in or near Wisconsin (At least ones you guys are going to) BUT SRSLY GREAT COMIC as always, I WISH I COULD COME HUG YOU GUYS FOR BEING MY FAVORITE COMIC WRITERS! but then again im to freaking awkward in social situations (Non social situations too) To have contact with people i don’t know personally. But i would try, or just end up being that one incredibly flustered anime esc and buy something and then sprint away and fall on the ground (Considering My appearance and or personality seems to appear in every anime what so ever IM LOOKING AT YOU ARMIN! that would probably happen.)OK IMMA SHUT UP NOW I DONT WANNA KILL THE COMMENTS WITH MY EXCESSIVE BLABBERING. GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING!

SirGeraldHamptonThe3rd March 30, 2014, 12:15 AM EST.

Comment ID #278364

@gardnaeden I’d be more concerned if he didn’t rock the flower like a boss. this IS Paulo, He Without ****s to Give we’re talking about : D

rick March 30, 2014, 2:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #278365

Yeah, he finally commented :D. I’m happy yes. :P

I agree. Loved you comment. It’s true. I don’t like when other people are being hostile and insult other people. I sometimes get hostile myself but that’s only against other hostile people and that is only after I’ve tried to calm them down but they just keep on ranting and post something hostile to some other commenters. It’s really sad to see that :(

Also love where you say ”but if you disagree with what I say it doesn’t make you stupid” because that tells me that you respect others opinions. Like me. I respect others opinions even though they are not the same as my own opinions. I find that great :D. High five 8-)

I don’t believe Paulo will screw up. With so few pages left I think Paulo has it. He’s gonna make it. He won’t screw up. I believe in him. He can do it.

Jonas97face March 30, 2014, 4:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #278367

Fighting fire with fire? That would be really stupid, especially by Abbeys standards.
Also it was not a guilt trip and bullying, but more a beating some sense into Abbeys pighead. And for that Paulo needed a metaphorical sledgehammer to do it, because otherwise Abbey would not listen at all, instead of thinking about the situation and really talking it out with daisy at least, which he now does.
Abbey could really learn one or two things from Rachel, because she handled a similar situation (paulos “love” for Lucy, who is currently unreachable too, just like mike for daisy) way better than Abbey did.

Tails March 30, 2014, 9:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #278368

The least Paulo can do is apologize. I mean it was pretty much uncalled for. Even though he was beating ”sense” (which I don’t believe was sense) he should apologize later on for it. He really shouldn’t have been involved.

Daisy really hasn’t done anything. She really didn’t lift a finger. For neither Abbey nor Paulo. She really didn’t do anything herself (except the rose thing for Paulo to Rachel which was super cute).

Well. I guess Abbey is not allowed to think or have his own opinions. He is to be Daisy’s toy. Cause I cannot see AbbeyXDaisy as a serious relationship. It really isn’t.

These are my opinions.

Jonas97face March 30, 2014, 9:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #278369

Remember folks. Say please and thank you to everyone. Even the people that terrorize you.

Because otherwise, you are a terrible person and you really just deserved it.

@The_comments_above_about_Abbey_needing_to_thank_P aulo

If Abbey does this, he IS a doormat. But he still doesn’t deserve what Paulo dished out. This is what you call blaming the victim. This happens in bulling, harassment, and assault. So I’d like to tell anyone encouraging this, to kindly keep your victimization inside your *** where it belongs.

Nightshade March 30, 2014, 11:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #278370

that’s just to cute for words :D

brighthart March 30, 2014, 12:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #278371

Hear hear. I agree with you bro/sis. Abbey should not thank Paulo. What Paulo did was not thing you can thank him for (in Abbeys case that is to say).

I hope Paulo doesn’t ever come near Abbey and Daisy’s relationship again. EVER. He is no love expert. He really isn’t. No matter how many girls he dates it doesn’t matter. Every relationship different. Just like every person is different (this is because every person in a relationship are different from each other therefore the relationships are different). He really should stay away and allow Daisy to handle things herself if anything like what happened between Daisy and Abbey in the beginning of the chapter comes up again.

Jonas97face March 30, 2014, 12:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #278372

That is almost a cookie-cutter example of victim blaming.
It is like you have mindless hatred for Abbey, even when he’s the only one who actually both had good points and a good reason.

Besides, the appropriate approach would’ve been for Daisy to give Abbey time & space and for her to reassess her feeling for both Mike and Abbey while she comes up with a good apology for Abbey IF she even wants to stay on good terms with him.

She’s the one most likely to know of all his weak points, and yet she failed to respect those by whipping out her Mike ***** right in front of him.

And no, the fact she was drunk isn’t a excuse (I just know you’d use that one), since when intoxicated you’re more likely to either speak the truth, or be a horrible liar.
Thanks to alcohol’s effect on the inhibition center in your brain.

Daisy is a horrible person for violating the trust Abbey gave her.
Paulo’s a horrible person for Hazing Abbey with something Abbey wasn’t responsible for in order to guilt-trip him (Yes what Paulo did IS guilt tripping, it is not even in a grey zone, it is all-out pitch black)
Abbey were a cool person for telling Daisy to either leave him alone or respect his feelings (which baby Daisy apparently were mentally too much of a child to understand)

And no, this isn’t a case where the cause justify the means, since what Paulo did is painfully one-sided in Daisy’s favor.
Instead of letting Daisy handle it all by herself so she could actually grow as a person and realize her flaws.

Deisner March 30, 2014, 12:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #278373


Because obviously Abbey should accept being second best in his own relationship. Rachel did, he should too. And if he doesn’t, unrelated friends of his ex can torment him over his sad childhood until he accepts his loveless “Daisy chain” of commitment.

Idiot logic. I may have started comnmenting recently, but select members of the fanbase are nauseating on some subjects.

Nightshade March 30, 2014, 1:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #278374

Awww, paulo x rachel all the way :)

Kuruchan March 30, 2014, 2:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #278375

@ Nightshade just ignore those nauseating people. There not worth talking to other wise you’ll end up in trouble. How long have you been reading the comic?
@ Tails what paulo said was just so wrong. Even if abbey realized he may not be able to quit the Daisy. Daisy flower to Rachael is his thanks for his horrible relationship skills of smashing faces and dead mother bashing ;).

Blue fox March 30, 2014, 2:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #278376

Oh thank goodness. This page was some much needed relief. I loved the general cheer of it. Rachel is absolutely adorable and I’m really happy some characters are getting to be happy… Lets just hope they can stay happy for 3 more pages.
About all the comments going back to Abbey and Daisy, erbody lighten up some. These guys are kids, and drama will ensue. Daisy is, per her record, immature and I’m sure she didn’t know how to respond. No need to call her evil or a despicable person, she just is young and is prone to making mistakes, and probably honestly doesn’t know how all this works. Paulo… yeah its hard to defend that one comment… so I wont, but other than that one comment he had some very good points and while he is an absolute crass jerk, his tirade was coming from a good place. He wanted to help his friend and get a good couple back together.
AGAIN, everybody remember these people are still kids and they are gonna say things wrong and they’re going to overreact and they’re gonna be immature. So, when they do, instead of getting all mad, just enjoy the drama. Enjoy this story like I know you do, without getting so mad at everyone. I’ve been reading this comic for a few years now and its always had some very… VERY serious drama.. but most of the worst of it has actually been from the comments.
Cheers y’all!

Grumble Grumble March 30, 2014, 3:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #278377

Well obviously this chapter will end “”well”” with Daisy getting back with Abbey and Paulo and Rachel coming to an understanding…

God i hate this chapter… Daisy did nothing apart from telling Paulo who then fix her problem and get exactly what she wanted and Paulo guilt trip Abbey into this toxic relationship and he too, get something good in return…

So… what about Daisy’s crush with mike ? no one is going to talk about it ? What about Abbey being second best ? About Paulo’s behavior ? All those things wrong in this chapter just like…. i mean…

For **** sake…

A guy March 30, 2014, 3:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #278378

@Grumble Grumble:
”They are just kids”. ”They are just teenagers”. Blah blah blah I must say. Do you know how many times these excuses have been used. They have reached a certain age where they should know between right and wrong. Honestly. You learn that when your like 12. They are 15-16. I’m currently 16 and I’ll be 17 in 3 days or next Wednesday. I have already learned right and wrong. I know myself what is right and wrong. I don’t need an adult to tell me. So like I said they have reached an age where they should know between right and wrong. Daisy is refusing to learn from her mistakes and keeps on living in her fairy tail unicorn land with trees made of lollipops where she’s the princess and everybody are supposed to love her. She doesn’t care how other people feel. She only cares about her self (not saying that is what she always does, she has helped Abbey. It’s true. But in this case she is being selfish).
That is all I have to say about that.

Wow. Did I actually write that much. Sorry D:

Jonas97face March 30, 2014, 3:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #278379

@Jonas97face ya know that is fair. Daisy can act selfishly sometimes, and her actions in this chapter can definitely be taken that way, it all goes into her being immature. Now I’m not saying that because they’re 15-16 that they shouldn’t have some idea of right and wrong, just that they may still be inexperienced and not really have a good understanding yet, especially the ones that are immature (cough cough Daisy cough). I just turned 21 recently and I know when I was 15-16 I was still learning right from wrong, especially in stick relationshipy situations. Heck, I still don’t always know. I to an extent disagree with you, but honestly ya bring up a fair point.
Don’t worry about writing a lot… I think I just did too.

Grumble Grumble March 30, 2014, 4:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #278380

Sorry but that is ********, not everyone magically knows what is right and what is wrong just because the person crosses a certain “magical” age border. Also, what may be “right” for one person does not mean that the same would be seen as “right” for another person too or even might be totally wrong for others.

Tails March 30, 2014, 5:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #278381

@ Jonas97face not every one matures at the same level. Just look at Daisy and paulo. I also agree with you @ Tails/GrumbleGrumble. Being immature and selfish is not limited to age. Being mature comes from experience and learning from your mistakes. But it can be a vicious cycle sometimes. Daisy can’t learn from her mistakes because she is immuture. And she’s immuture because she can’t learn from her mistakes. And happy birthday Jonas97face :D
@ Tails don’t get your tail in a twist :smirk:

Blue fox March 30, 2014, 6:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #278382


Like how you think victim blaming is a totally acceptable thing to do?

If some people are completely disconnected from reality, then they deserve to be called out on it, otherwise they’d never learn.

Repeat offenders need a extra harsh lesson.

That means Daisy and Paulo for never caring abut things that doesn’t benefit themselves.

Salv March 30, 2014, 6:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #278383

Well and also I have heard that trying to learn tricks in a skill instead of trying to master the fundamentals of whatever skill that it is immature. However, my grandmother of 75 has told me she does this whenever reading a book about something she does not know anything about. I can somewhat agree that my grandmother does do like that sometimes. If we go by that definition of maturity then she does not fit it. That doesn’t mean I think she isn’t wise in other areas, which are mainly things about relationships even though it is still limited. Some people in some areas of life never mature; I have a suspicion that maturity only comes when someone reflects on what they’ve done and how it has affected things in their life.

HelTH March 30, 2014, 6:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #278384


I’d say about January.


This arc reveals how poor of a match Daisy is for Abbey. She needs to stop dating until she gets herself straight.

Abbey does not owe Daisy for patting his back over a past abusive father. If she was talking Abbey through adult/extreme issues like substance abuse/suicide etc, that would be an example of her sacrificing/being overly understanding and caring for him in a way someone else might not do. Paulo’s rude claim does not even make sense.

If Daisy didn’t try to understand his pain over a childhood event she would be less suited for him than she already is. This is a mandatory part of Abbey’s past and it changed his character.

Nightshade March 30, 2014, 7:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #278385

Can we be reminded that these are kids in high school, they are still learning, and don’t know every-freakin’-moral out there? That there is no cut-and-paste, black-and-white answer for everything? And sadly, they will have to LEARN from their mistakes, even if it takes…oh, I dunno…LONGER THAN HIGH SCHOOL to do this?

Geez, calm down and lay off them, just because you don’t agree with everything they freakin’ do. Grow with the characters, don’t just attack them for every mistake they make. Would you shame your own kids like this?

Rhapsody March 30, 2014, 8:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278386

yes they porpably would :P
But you are completely right with your comment.

Tails March 30, 2014, 8:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #278387


My children wouldn’t be rude enough to attack people mourning dead family members. I raised them to treat everyone’s background with respect. And this was behavior reinforced far before 15.

Mira March 30, 2014, 9:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #278388

Just wait until they get into puberty.

Tails March 30, 2014, 9:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #278389

My lord are we -still- argueing on the anti-Paulo/anti-daisy train? this is getting hilarious. I still think what paulo did was stupid and I don’t make it an excuse to say these really terrible things. Hazing out of desperation(especially someone you don’t like) is not the same as bullying, and daisy…well I don’t think anyone but Taishi knows whats going on in her head long term, if she really does like Mike, or if its just a crush. There is no evidence to these claims.

the only one that has any merit, if the opinion that Abbey should have reacted more violently, and Paulo pulled an out of line guilt trip. The latter of these, I agree, the former…no, he could simply be ignoring the words and focusing on the connotation and thusly not care. Which now that I think about it shows a lot of intelligence on abbeys part.

I love Rachael’s reaction in all this, it sticks so much of her character and very much lightens the earlier mood, even kind of easing what see may have been told by daisy indirectly. It also helped develop Rachael a lot as the more mature but lets say…decisive of the group, something I do really enjoy. Plus the art makes me join her in laughter with how over the top she was shown, which is a very good thing. so props to Taishi.

oh and, @mira this is a bit more complex as Abbey isn’t ‘in mourning’, as much as struggling with the emotions and consequences of his past. It is still a seriously low blow, but as simple as right/wrong here.

Michael March 30, 2014, 9:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #278390

@Nightshade: Daisy DID help him with the effects that his abusive father had on him though because if you look back at him from when he first entered, he DID attack people that hurt girls. His temper was horrible back then because even if Abbey’s abusive father is gone now, seeing abuse on a regular basis is still SCARRING and causes lasting effects. She was the only one who stayed instead of going on Tessa’s trip, and that was so she could support him as he went to therapy and relived the horrible scenes he saw as a child.

When he was upset over losing his temper at Sue, DAISY then took over the debate for him and won it for him, not something that everyone would try to do.

When he was going to visit his mother, Daisy went with him and was there for him when he learned of her death. She has supported him through his pain.

And Paulo’s claim only makes sense if you try to understand Paulo’s point of view instead of assuming he is jerk. Paulo has never has a mother, has a limited number of luxuries and is likely either in some degree of poverty or quite near the borderline of being in poverty.

Then along comes Abbey. Abbey who has two parents. Abbey who has basically everything he wants. Abbey who has not only had his birth mother in his life, but has had another one as well. Abbey who has the girl he loves at his side. Abbey that has so many things he doesn’t, continues being upset by the death of his birth mother even after at least two months have passed since when he learned of it when he had YEARS to prepare himself for that possibility.

Paulo wouldn’t think he was being insensitive or rude, he would think he was telling off Abbey for being an ungrateful brat that isn’t appreciating what he has now and doesn’t appreciate Daisy who supported him in a situation where he personally would have told him to get the hell over it by now. He was trying to give him a dose of reality that Daisy is still someone worth being with.

Not everyone can relate to Paulo’s viewpoint, but it is the same viewpoint as everyone who ever thinks ‘why can’t you appreciate what you have?’ It is the viewpoint of someone who doesn’t have what you have - someone who can see all the great things you have but still sees you upset about something else and gets annoyed about it.

Paulo doesn’t understand Abbey’s situation and Abbey doesn’t understand Paulo’s situation either.

And Daisy herself does need to sort herself out, but I doubt she can do it alone. How exactly are you meant to erase a crush you have on someone? There is no defined way and that is the problem. She likes Abbey enough to want to be with him but there is no easy way to get over her crush on Mike. It actually seems like a good idea to me for her to at least be able to talk to Abbey so they can talk about this stuff and try to brainstorm ways they can try to get her over her crush.

Moogle March 30, 2014, 9:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #278391

*standing kane applause @ moogle* wow…just…wow.
I have nothing more to say, well done, you hit the ideas, emotions, and connotation of all the characters action(for the most part) that was beautiful.

Michael March 30, 2014, 9:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #278392

@ Moogle bravo!

Blue fox March 30, 2014, 9:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #278393


Mine are past those year and they care a lot about people. Any disrespect to others was rooted out as they learned basic morality.

Your comments are rather flippant to the youth having no responsibility. You probably don’t have kids. Might even be a kid yourself. Your child will stumble, but you can teach them well and address potential concerns by being observant. But how they treat others? That first comes from them watching every interaction in the family. Later as young adults it’s more or less a combo between friends and family taking more of a backseat.

But at preteen age? You bet that’s nearly all how the family acts.

Mira March 30, 2014, 9:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #278394

Tails March 30, 2014, 11:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #278396

This comment was pure gold!

Tails March 30, 2014, 11:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #278397

The immaturity is strong in this one ^^^^^

Wow….. How old are you anyway? Nearly every comment from you on the page has been rather on the young side.

Most of the time you only manage parroting the thoughts of others.

Nightshade March 30, 2014, 11:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #278398

Rachel: Best character or Best character?

You decide! >.>

Gryph March 30, 2014, 11:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #278399

Only one thing I can say here-



DylanC March 31, 2014, 3:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #278400

>inb4 matt is gay

The Spoon March 31, 2014, 3:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #278401

Lol. I forgot to put down ”This is my opinion” on my last comment. It was not supposed to be a statement since I knew it could be flawed. But I still believe that Daisy should know these things since she knows Abbey better then anyone other (besides his family of course). Paulo I can forgive for his age (eve though I believe he should have learned something on his own).

Wow. Just wow. I’m always excited to hear what people with different opinions have to say. Even though I’m not on Paulo’s side you make a legitimate point. It’s always interesting to hear different point of views. I support that. You can’t always support just one thing. I believe there must be a ying yang in the comment section.
What I’m trying to say is good comment. Very good.

Lol, my birthday is in 2 days :P. But thanks anyways :D

Jonas97face March 31, 2014, 4:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #278402

I forget that Rachel is so cute

HunterKiotori March 31, 2014, 5:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #278403

That was a great analysis you did on Daisy and Abbey. But there are some things that I do have trouble with accepting because of this. Perhaps maybe someone could answer these questions I have? Some things just aren’t so clear with me with how the character acted. Even though Moogle explained it a lot it still isn’t enough for me. How Daisy and Paulo behaved is still questionable to me.

Daisy was very involved and supportive of Abbey situation, no doubt about that. So how come she did not even reacted to Paulo’s horrible comment about Abbey’s mother? I can get that slapping Paulo is too violent for daisy. But not even a glance, glare, comment or some form of reaction? I would think Daisy would have said something to Paulo about the dead mom thing.

How Paulo reacted also seems strange from his viewpoint. Not because of the dead mother comment, it is very clear to me that Paulo thinks that Abbey has everything that he doesn’t have and views him as a crybaby because of this. Abbey had at least met his birth mother and she cared for him deeply. Abbey has a fostermother that also cares for him. While Paulo’s mother dumped him. What I find so hard to believe is how Paulo forces Daisy and Abbey together. We saw Jasmine in this chapter. Is this a coincidence? She reminded me of the relationship Paulo used to have with her. Paulo decided that it was unfair to Jasmine to be in a relationship with her while he was in love with lucy. Now he sees Daisy situation. Why didn’t he say that the Daisy and Abbey break up was for the best? Daisy is in love with mike while she still wants to be in a relationship with Abbey. Seems odd for Paulo to want them together given what he went through with Jasmine. Even Rachel is relevant in this. Paulo doesn’t want to be in a relationship with Rachel because he claims to be in love with Lucy. So why should Daisy be with Abbey if she doesn’t love him? Why does Paulo despite all this still wants Daisy together with Abbey? Does Paulo cares so much about Daisy’s happiness that it doesn’t matter if Daisy’s being selfish?

Can someone explain this to me???

Vi March 31, 2014, 7:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #278404


It would’ve honestly have been more realistic of Daisy to literally punch Paulo in a desperate & panic attempt to shut him up when Paulo went into ‘dead mother’ territory.

Atleast then she would’ve shown she actually cared for Abbey as more than just her personal security blanket.

And then Paulo would’ve been told from a front he desperately needs in a way he least expected it.
Which would’ve made it quite effective.

Jacks March 31, 2014, 8:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #278405


Don’t get me wrong. Paulo definitely needs a wake up call but Daisy isn’t violent enough to punch Paulo. I do at least expected for her to react or respond to it since she was indeed so involved with Abbey.

The person that should have put Paulo into his place was the teacher. Only she was very mellow and quite relaxed about the whole ordeal. Can somebody explain that to me by the way? Why didn’t the teacher react immediately when Paulo started the disruption of the class. First I thought that the teacher might not have heard it because the class was to loud. But the pages shows paulo yelling to Abbey, and Lani (the teacher) saying that they should be civil from now one, suggests she HEARD THE WHOLE THING GO DOWN. That the teacher HEARD the dead mom comment and just was cool with it. Paulo did not even get detention. Can somebody also explain this to me? How come the teacher was so relaxed and did not even intervene when she heard it. This is seriously disturbing. Either she is a teacher that doesn’t care and paulo is a teacher’s pet or i’m missing something

Vi March 31, 2014, 9:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #278406

Guess we will see more cuteness next page.

Looking really forward for the next page upload :D

Jonas97face March 31, 2014, 11:33 AM EST.

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