Act Two, Chapter Five: 22

1st Sep 12:00 AM, 2015 in Act Two: Chapter Five
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Act Two, Chapter Five: 22
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MsMegan 1st Sep 12:00 AM, 2015 edit delete
MsMegan
so we ARE accepting lies, now, I see. But is that progress?
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Jessie Blue 1st Sep 12:03 AM, 2015 edit delete reply
Jessie Blue
I think it falls into the category of "lies between friends", like "I never saw you throw up on that guy at your sister's wedding, didn't happen".
metaceryn 1st Sep 1:49 AM, 2015 edit delete reply
Nuh uh, Beast. No answers for you until we get some ourselves.

Also, the "black" on this page is #1F1F1F rather than #000000. Deliberate style change?
metaceryn 1st Sep 3:18 AM, 2015 edit delete reply
...now the color's back to normal and the resolution's changed I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S REAL ANYMORE
MsMegan 1st Sep 11:02 AM, 2015 edit delete reply
MsMegan
O_O I didn't touch it, so I'm not sure!
cattservant 1st Sep 4:38 AM, 2015 edit delete reply
cattservant
Lies are lubricants.
Hallan 1st Sep 7:30 AM, 2015 edit delete reply
Hallan
I think a better descriptor is "social loophole". Beauty's counselor-fu is strong!
Kirala 1st Sep 8:19 AM, 2015 edit delete reply
It doesn't count as a lie when the truth is being communicated and both parties know it - otherwise you might as well call sarcasm lying. But right now - knowing that Beauty won't run if he DOES choose to share with her - that IS progress. So sweet.
Lau 1st Sep 8:22 AM, 2015 edit delete reply
Aw, I dont know if that counts as a "lie"... Its an understanding between friends. Beauty is not telling him she actually didnt see a thing. Shes telling him yeah, she saw, but if he doesnt want to talk about it, she'll pretend she hasnt.

That... Is a really good approach regarding someone else's past trauma. Acknowledge it exists and that you can talk about it, but you wont ask if they dont wanna tell you. Between friends, yeah, it does sound like progress!

Anyway not sure if I ever commented before, so taking the oppottunity to say this is my favorite B&B adaptation ever ^3^
Cathy M 1st Sep 9:07 AM, 2015 edit delete reply
Does anyone notice, there is nothing
Human like in this form of beast right now?
Seems like every time he has a flashback or a meltdown
This happens. Is this part of the curse ?
I wonder if Beauty is starting to put together this mystery?
DawnStar 1st Sep 10:58 AM, 2015 edit delete reply
1. Man I love your story! It's so good! And how Beauty tells him he doesn't have to tell her unless he wants to... :') That's so cute. Also probably good, because I don't know how much he could tell her without his heart being tugged/crushed by that Well(witch?)
2. Poor Beast.... he's not going to like the end of that story....
3. I wonder if Beauty is starting to piece things together yet... I mean 1st he reacted badly to the name Argus in the book she found, and then she seen a young boy like the man she keeps seeing in her dreams and this boy's called Argus.... come on Beauty!
Beast = Argus
AbigailBrooks 1st Sep 12:51 PM, 2015 edit delete reply
AbigailBrooks
Something about Beauty's face in panel two is odd to me...I don't know what it is, maybe the hair is different? The art reminds me of earlier in the comic, though this might entirely be due to how tired I am from work. Seriously, twelve hour shifts do not an energized person make.

Anyway, this page. So in panel four it looks like her dress has the rose insignia of the castle, so that's a neat little detail. Also the way the Beast looks up to her does remind me of a dog who is looking up at its mistress warily, with his ears folded back like that. Still, this isn't so much of a lie as, as the folks above said, an understanding between friends. She's not going to push him if he's not ready, but if he ever wants to talk about it, she'll be there for him.

Also, panel five really makes him seem twice as big as her, bulk-wise. I also get the feeling from panel six that we're just about at the end of this chapter, thanks to the story within a story bookends.
Laura 1st Sep 5:13 PM, 2015 edit delete reply
Might be the angle! We dont often see her from this angle, seeing as Beast is taller than her.
AbigailBrooks 2nd Sep 1:42 PM, 2015 edit delete reply
AbigailBrooks
That could be it. It just seemed a little less natural than earlier pages in the chapter - harder edges, maybe? Mostly it's just those first two panels.
Dvarin 1st Sep 7:24 PM, 2015 edit delete reply
I have no idea how she is resisting just scratching him behind the ears.

Which she should accompany with a line like, "You're a good man, Beast" just for maximum confusion inducement, I suppose.
Sandy 3rd Sep 10:31 PM, 2015 edit delete reply
Gosh, I've avoided this comic for like a month, just so I could read all the updates in one go. And it's just... so many FEELINGS, AUGH

I mean, the pacing and the atmosphere you create is just fantastic. I can almost imagine myself there, warching the rain with the beast. And that silence between them, it has so much meaning behind it. Awkwardness, sadness, mixed feelings, friendship, tension, comfort, understanding, loneliness...

There's this special feeling I get in my chest whenever I read Beauty and the Beast stories... it's hard to put my finger on it, but this comic, and these pages particularly, just make the feeling unfold ten times more strongly.

It's obvious that there's a lot of heart in this story - it's meaningful to the author, and it really shows. I applaud you for that, and thank you for sharing this wonderful tale with us :D
nathyfaith 18th Feb 9:03 AM, 2016 edit delete reply
THANK YOU BEAST. I HAVE BEEN WONDERING THE SAMEEE!!
(lovely page too)