Comic 185 - Cato 3.1.9
Cato 3.1.9
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joeyballast
Cato in panel four:

Ohhhhhh my god this is an awkward social situation. What do I do? whatdoIdo?whatdoIdo?whatdoIdo?whatdoIdo?
What do you think you should do?
I dunno.
What would, geez, I dunno, Nicole do?
I DUNNO!
What would YOU want to happen if you were crying?
Hug?
He doesn't like hugs.
But that's what would make ME feel better.
He REALLY doesn't like hugs.
What the freaking hell else are we supposed to do?
I dunno...
I think a hug's our best option.
Okay...
Should we hug?
It's either that or nothing, he's really freaking out.
Okay, let's hug.
Full hug?
Probably not the best idea.
Half hug?
Seems for the best.
Okay... Prepare for immediate rejection of friendship.
Aaaaaaaaaaaand....

*Hug...?*
User comments:
Reaper Dragon edit delete reply
Reaper Dragon
The comment is better than the page :)
Yay, he got in a hug that wasn't rejected.
I don't think such confessions are the sort of thing his mother would talk about around the dinner table.
Cato couldn't know as who would tell him. It's not like she would make a point of doing it in front of him.

I think they might have enough motivation to explore soon.
joeyballast edit delete reply
joeyballast
I always enjoy taking time and rambling in the comment for the page.

Yeah, the details of the captain's dirty laundry certainly would surface around the dinner table (who would dare ask?) She wouldn't even tell Burke. She was obviously a little irritated with herself for letting the situation get that far out of hand (I don't think she's capable of being ashamed, but she acknowledges she went over the top...)

And yes. They will ABSOLUTELY explore soon. There's a bit more to get out of the way with the whole 'no longer enemies' thing, but they will explore!
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Radiation burns?! Yike, Cato's mom. Take a chill pill.
joeyballast edit delete reply
joeyballast
I agree. But, to be fair, at the time her son had almost died. She was... Unhappy...
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Her being really really ...unhappy and taking some kind of action to show that wouldn't be tolerated is what I'd expect of a good captain and a good mom, but giving people radiation sickness seems, well, impractical. But I guess she didn't actually DO it, because the kid is in good health, barring the whole falling down a shaft bit.
joeyballast edit delete reply
joeyballast
Absolutely impractical to actually do it. I can't imagine what something like that would do to the morale of the crew... But fear of the thing is usually worse than the thing itself.
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Very true.
Onasaki edit delete reply
Onasaki
Everyone's forgetting here, that these kids are twelve. You could tell them that if they screw up one more time they're going to be sent off the Military School, and they'd believe you. >.>

But admittedly, yeah... radiation tans are pretty extreme.
joeyballast edit delete reply
joeyballast

yeah. Twelve year olds haven't quite developed that ability to question authority yet. Especially if the authority threatens to murder them.
Shy (Guest) edit delete reply
I absolutely adore your comic
joeyballast edit delete reply
joeyballast
Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoy it. Hopefully the updates will keep on a coming.