Comic 597 - We'll find out, right

10th Jul 2020, 6:00 PM in Chapter Nine
597 - We'll find out, right
Average Rating: 5 (10 votes)
rufiangel 10th Jul 2020, 6:00 PM edit delete
Hey folks, I hope your Friday is going swell so far~ I have a few things this A/N round to say, so please do read on and check the TL;DR at the end if you're feeling lazy XD

So finally, Kylie and Cain appear after so dang long. I swear it's an ordeal having to remember how to draw Cain again :P His dang coat!

What Lyn doesn't know, and what Kylie is sweating bullets about, and what Cain and Mikey also know but aren't saying out loud - just in case readers need a refresher, this is all alluding to the fact that Kylie had a Lethiace Control Failure in Halehurst. There's, uh, a lot to unpack there, so you can probably expect she won't be telling Lyn any time too soon.

In case readers also need a reminder on Nemi's whereabouts, Nemi's currently in Caelune for some crazy charge. Mikey is unaware of what happened as Jinn!Mikey was the one in control at the time, and Mikey isn't always aware of what's happening when he's not the one holding the reins. (Same goes vice versa with Jinn, of course.)

Now, time to showcase a wonderful wonderful piece of fanart that the talented sister of Cici-muffin, Miss Zoe (also known as Zoe-cupcake but only to me), sent my way not long ago ;v;* <3 Calling it a gift basket, I opened it up and found these little scamps looking up at me:


And then I hugged the heck out of all of them, plus Zoe-cupcake and Cici-muffin, 'cause they are all so so adorable and precious and thank you so much!! ;v;** <333 It did much to lift my recently tuckered-out spirits, and I am so grateful and blessed. Thank you so much <333

Speaking of being tuckered out, I have an announcement to make that is less than great but a bit necessary. I hope the sense of foreboding isn't too awful ^_^; But I'll be taking a break from posting further updates this July and will begin posting again in the first week of August. From a practical standpoint, I'm currently working a temp job most days of the week, but it'll finish by the end of July and I'll be able to have more time to work on comic things in August. But there's also the fact I just have a lot going on, not all of it is bad per se - it's just a lot, and I've lost my comic buffer so I need to build it back up. I've been in a tired and sad state for some time as well, and I need to sort of take some time to get a grip again.

Thank you all for reading SF and for being so patient, truly - I know it's been a little bit hiccuppy lately with the updates, but we'll get through this rough patch and progress into the more interesting bits of Chapter 9, dangit!

TL;DR: Please check out the awesome fanart from Zoe-cupcake <3 and I'll be taking a break and posting the next update on the 7th of August.

Thanks always for your understanding everyone ;v;* when I return, I hope to be able to post comics with a more upbeat and positive heart :) I hope you are looking forward to seeing Mikey's reaction to where Nemi's gone off to XD we'll find out next month!
mjkj 10th Jul 2020, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
Awwww... Kylie is so proud of her lil' bro... <3

Oh... wrong question, Lyn - and Kylie you should tell him, soon...

Uh-oh... poor Nemi...

@alt text: yeah, he should have... =S

@a/n: Thank you for all the links <3

Awwwwwww... Zoe-Cupcake is the best!!! <3
(tell her thanks from all of us...)

Awww... take all the time you need, Rufi *many huggus*
(we will wait with baited breath, though) ;)
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
Kylie is super proud of her li'l brother, indeed :D <3

We'll see if Kylie gets the courage to tell Lyn about it any time soon XD

As for Nemi, well... at least she's being missed? :')

(Jinn may have left something for Mikey, actually... we'll see ;P)

(You are also welcome for all the links :D My pleasure! I know it's hard to hop back on the train when there have been so many stops...)

AND yes, Zoe-cupcake is the best! <333 I hope she reads these comments and knows how adored she is :D

And finally, thank you very kindly for all your support and kind words. I'm very grateful for your patience ;v;* I really just hope we can get through to a better tomorrow sooner rather than later. Until then, aja aja~
mjkj 7th Aug 2020, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
> AND yes, Zoe-cupcake is the best! <333 I hope she reads these comments and knows how adored she is :D

I hope so, too <3
KAM 10th Jul 2020, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
Yeahhhhh... that'll be a bit of a heavy conversation.
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Ohhh yeaaah, you know it. :'D It's gonna be a lot heavier if Kylie doesn't fess up before he finds out in some terrible way... not to say that that's going to happen though! *whistles*
MizuNoRyuu 10th Jul 2020, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
... that panel of Kylie with her arm around Lyn (the first one mind you!!)... <3 Precious.

Though I’m always a sucker for the ‘last character to join the party’/6th Ranger kinda deal. XD I’m already loving this sweet little boi and he’s just fitting into the party perfectly.
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
<3 Thank you Mizu-rin! I'm glad it comes across preciously <3

He's certainly a latecomer given it took him hundreds of pages to make his entrance despite him being in the concept art of SF ;v;* But finally my little teen monk bro has made it into the party! Lol. He may not get much screentime in this chapter though XD maybe next one?
megados 10th Jul 2020, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
Kylie has to tell Lyn sometime. Those kinds of things usually have to wait until the right time, though.

Thanks for the links to clarify!

Thanks also go out to Zoe for helping to cheer up Rufi!

Take your time Rufi; we all know life gets in the way of living at times! Stay safe!
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Absolutely a matter of timing with something this sensitive, I agree. Imagine though XD

Lyn: We still don't know what happened to Halehurst, but... we'll find out, right, sis?
Kylie: Funny you say that, I was just about to tell you that I was actually the one who destroyed all of Halehurst hahaha! It was me all along!

I can't even imagine Lyn's reaction (or Cain's or Michael's) to that though XD

(Wait no, I think Cain would immediately be concerned of some kind of head injury or mental breakdown on Kylie's part...)

Also you're very welcome on the links! :) I really do hope they're helpful. I wrote the story and even I need to check back sometimes XD

Also Zoe is a perfect cupcake <3

I hope you're staying safe too, megados! Life is being crazy all around the world.
MST3KFan 10th Jul 2020, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
Kylie got some fancy new clothes there.

And she is really happy to have her baby bro around, isn't she? XD Though to keep him in the dark for long about things would not be wise no matter how much she wants to protect him.

And take your time, rufi. Breaks are always good. Helps avoid burnout. I know when I get done with my current story arc, I'm gonna take a brief break (hopefully).
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
Yep, everyone got a bit of a fancy wardrobe change, eh? XD Well, Kylie and Mikey did, anyway. These are outfits purchased from Jem Citadel, the last point of visit, which is why they have the Jem Citadel emblems and gold-jewel motifs. :3 (I guess that's why they come across as extra fancy XD)

And you are correct! Kylie is very happy indeed to have Lyn around :3 we'll see about her protectiveness of her baby brother, hehe...

And thank you for your understanding and patience with the need for a break. It's been for practical reasons as well as mental ones. I want to avoid sinking into a burnout as bad as the last one I had so I'm doing my best to be careful and kind to myself, but also trying to balance and not be *too* easy on my discipline XD it's a hard balance to strike at times!
DLKmusic 11th Jul 2020, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
how come I don't get gift baskets like that ***sob***

That is an awesome pic that Zoe did!
This is a hard decision about telling Lyn, but she needs to tell him sooner rather than later. I don't envy either of them that particular conversation though
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Awww DLK, there there - this gift basket goes out to everyone really who needs a good cuddle with cute kittens to lift their spirits. I'm sure we could all use it!

And yes, it is certainly an awesome pic <3 Zoe-cupcake is za best~

The Lyn and Kylie conversation regarding Halehurst is an inevitability, but one I'm sure Kylie is going to put off as long as she possibly can XD
Guest 11th Jul 2020, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
Please don't "TL;DR", just put the important stuff right up top then continue with the rest. And why wouldn't you? Why expect people to skip lots before you get to the important stuff? What sort of silly person expects people to read bottom-to-top anyway? Really now.

Did I mention that important stuff needs to go up top? It does.
megados 11th Jul 2020, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
I agree. I read the whole thing. If you're gonna take the time to post it, it's the least I can do. ;)
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
You know, that is a good point, LOL. I guess I've just been used to the idea that people will scroll down through and skim the content if they're not bothered. I still feel that fanart should go first before announcements though, just because I wouldn't want people to miss out on the gift art :3 I'll keep this in mind though!
Archangel Daniel 12th Jul 2020, 5:57 AM edit delete reply
Archangel Daniel
OK, Mike, have a seat. So, there is this court of justice in Caelune and...

And Kylie really should tell Lyn about the whole Lethiace fiasco as soon as possible, with the emphasis on the "possible" part - these things need a lot of tact.

As for the fanart, it is mighty adorable!
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
You're right, he should be sitting down for this conversation... but he ends up standing because they're all just standing around in a cave for this XD boo!

And you are right about Kylie needing to talk to Lyn about it soon, with ample amounts of tact... Kylie, tact? Hmm... XD

And yes, the fanart is mighty adorable indeed! <3 I am so very blessed, thank you Zoe-cupcake <3 ;v;*
Wido 13th Jul 2020, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
yeahhhh, Kylie-sis should probably tell Lyn...but maybe skip some of the gory details out. And that sweet sweet new armor...not I wanna know the stats!
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Ah yes, I think even Kylie often forgets(?) the gory details herself whenever she can. u-u

And I'm glad you like the new armour set! :D It's a set that's a bit of an all-rounder with decent DEF and M.DEF without too much impeding on her agility. :3
dawndemonica 13th Jul 2020, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
About that 'Free Hugs' box...make sure you have everything back in your pockets after the hug since they have sticky fingers! Heck, I'd let them keep some of the stuff as payment for a hug from such a cutie <3
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
You are so kind to these little scamps! XD Definitely doesn't hurt to double check those pockets, and your ribcage ;P
Just_IDD 15th Jul 2020, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
Rufi, take the time you need. Thanks for letting us know! Also covid and enforced inside is doing that to a lot of people. If you can go outside where you are go someplace Breezy and warm and away from people. Lay in the Sun and soak it in. Leave the electronic devices in your pocket. Go be present in the moment!
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
Thank you Just_IDD for your kind words of encouragement. <3 It's true that sunshine is a very much needed source of anti-depression right now, so good tips! I have been taking short walks time to time, and they do help. :3

I hope you are also able to combat any restrictions set by Covid-19 that have been pressuring you, if any.
MysticJanus 17th Jul 2020, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
*gathers everyone together into one great big group hug for Rufi*

Now to hatch a scheme to get the potato masher away from Life/Reality so that Rufi doesn't keep turning into a sad, mashed potato.
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
Thank you MysticJanus <3 ;v;*

And I am really trying hard not to be a sad, mashed potato these days XD;; It's a struggle! I want to be a crispy roast potato.

Mmm. Roast potatoes.
Evervigilant 6th Aug 2020, 8:36 PM edit delete reply
Well hello I'm new. I've just binge read from start to now. It took me a few days to get caught up. I just want to say I really enjoy the story and art. It was sort of odd reading comments from years ago as I went and not being able to say hello or what I liked on each one. I got really nervous when the dates stretched out between updates but I'm so glad you are continuing a fantastic story.
rufiangel 7th Aug 2020, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
Hello, Evervigilant! :D Welcome to SF and thank you so much for taking the time to leave your kind words <3 ;v;* I must say it's great timing since I'm updating today again! Lol. You can absolutely feel free to drop comments on any of the pages, honestly - I get alerts on comments dropped on any page ^-^*

The wide stretches of time between some updates bother me too orz but at the same time, I know I'll always try to keep at it with SF. :3 That said, I'll do my best to have the updates flowing smoothly as I can. Thanks so much for reading! <3
Seabiscuit 7th Apr 2021, 3:54 AM edit delete reply