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This Storyline Is Canceled 25/26

This Storyline Is Canceled 25/26 published on 7 Comments on This Storyline Is Canceled 25/26


Ragnild: Mmm . . . Yeah. Yeah, that checks out. And maybe we oughta be nicer to the servants here? Even if they don’t ask.

Iona: Now that sounds right.

Hey, you want to go swimming before the pool closes for winter? Or, since we’re so far south, for “winter”.

Ragnild: Sure! Once we — Ah! I left the textbook . . . somewhere!

Iona: Bushes by the West Gate.

I picked it up. It’s in my bag.

Ragnild: Oh!

Iona (thinking): It’s not always me who needs the help.

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Not a comment especially for this panel, but after reading your comics for a few weeks (and binging BICP), I needed to thank you. You’re doing an amazing job with world building and your characters are so complex and well-written!
I love your stories, your designs, and I really enjoy checking your website daily <3

‘Cos see, girls, if you’re polite to the servants they might help you next time you try to smuggle in a thing for Iona’s legs!

Also being polite to people is just good on account of it makes the world nicer one small gesture at a time, but if one insists on being transactional about it the above is one reason.

… And yes, I know the growth potion and probably also the tentacle thing was handled by their father, but they’re getting to the age where they’re getting more unsupervised time and could arrange smuggling things themselves, they totally could buy something dubiously legal on their own time if they have an allowance. (And they should. I think it’d be interesting to see what their dad thinks of them doing dubiously legal things that he also does but without his permission.)

Some kinds of “smuggle in a thing for Iona’s legs” are things that Iona’s legs are probably better off without.

I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that basically all of the ones their father attempted to get smuggled in fall into that category. Note that this is based on my own experiences with my own father and his medical expertise and understanding of his children’s actual needs more than the story presented here… but seeing the outcome of both of those incidents, it feels like a safe guess.

I’m glad they’re navigating the morality reasonably. It’s a shame they have to do that on their own, but I guess that’s how growing up in an imperfect world is sometimes.

I also want to say, I appreciate that your world has its own, different dysfunctions instead of just proxy ones that perfectly track the world we live in. It feels like it lowers the stakes quite a bit for accidentally hurting readers. <3

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