Act Three, Chapter Five:12

7th May 10:34 PM, 2018 in Act Three: Chapter Five
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Act Three, Chapter Five:12
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MsMegan 7th May 10:34 PM, 2018 edit delete
This page brought to you by my husband's janky old PC, after the return of power after an outage finally fried my poor ageing laptop. Getting by on a wing and a prayer for the next little bit I guess!


Mar-ee27 7th May 11:34 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Aw Beauty was so worried. But its true her mother loved them all without a doubt
KatieKat 8th May 9:06 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
I don't blame her for wondering, though.
Cartoon Sara 8th May 9:51 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
It is a legitimate concern when you find out that one of your parents isn’t mortal. Some nonhuman parents are not so loving, whether it’s due to their own personalities or just the fact that mortal lives seem so brief to their kind. Swom seemed genuinely invested in experiencing a mortal life and having real relationships with the mortals around her.

I wonder if we'll ever learn what her name is. I guess we don’t know Dad's either.
J.S. 8th May 11:58 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
When Dad was sick and delirious at the beginning and mistook Beauty for her, he called her Elise.

A fitting name: she shares it with the heroine of Andersen's "The Wild Swans."
Cartoon Sara 8th May 12:14 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Amazing what you forget after eleventy zillion pages worth of story (approximately). So that just leaves Dad. Thanks!
AshErika 8th May 12:27 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
I forgot that, too. Thanks! :D
Brunny 8th May 3:28 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Also! Really sweet apreciation, thanks!!!!!
Brunny 8th May 3:27 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Awesome how you called her "Swom", i LOVE it!!!!!!!!
Ellie 7th May 11:47 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
The crane wife
Exasperated Dwarf 8th May 1:29 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
Oh my gosh, I'm so glad someone else thought that!
Guest 8th May 8:50 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
That’s what I thought of too!!
The Young Entity 8th May 1:10 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
Spun away her feathers? What?

I still really want to know WHAT SWAN-MOM REALLY IS
Cartoon Sara 8th May 9:47 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
There may be some variation on the specifics, but basically this. Pay particular attention to the crane wife story, which I first heard with a Canada goose in place of the crane.
MsMegan 8th May 10:19 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
I also first heard the story with a Canada Goose! I was quite young so I can't recall the version, but I thiiiink it was a Canadian retelling, and the cloth she wove became the sails on the Bluenose.
Cartoon Sara 8th May 12:12 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Found my source:

I actually thought it was part of the swan maiden myth is, but turns out they're just straight up bird selkies who don’t necessarily weave cloth.

Sorry for your computer troubles, Ms Megan. Were you closer, I’d happily send you one of my old desktops as a stopgap at least.
Kawaii overload!!! 8th May 5:43 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
Wait, does that mean Beauty's Mom used her own feathers in her weaving?!
NanamiG 8th May 10:05 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Yes, "Swom" used her own feathers to make her fabrics.
Stitchlingbelle 8th May 4:54 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
I love this whole conversation.

(Also, Megan, is there anything we can do to help?)
Amy 23rd May 10:45 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
Love this comic! Thank you for writing it. And, regarding the crane wife tale, if you’ve never heard The Decemberists version, here’s a treat:
AbigailBrooks 27th Dec 1:19 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Back again! Apologies, I did mean to get you all of these comments by Christmas, Megan, but life had other plans. In any case, I can see why Beauty would be worried here--she's seeing a new side to her mother (after years of feeling guilty about her mother's disappearance, and years of building up an idealized version of her mother in her mind), and the cool way Swan Mom is explaining the situation isn't helping. It's understandable that Beauty would worry that their family was just an experiment. I'm glad that Swam Mom gets why Beauty is upset and adds that her love for them was real. The idea that she "spun away her feathers"--giving up her ability to return to being a magical, immortal being, in favor of love and mortality--is both sweet and intriguing.