Act Three, Chapter Five: 64

1st Nov 11:20 PM, 2018 in Act Three: Chapter Five
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Act Three, Chapter Five: 64
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MsMegan 1st Nov 11:20 PM, 2018 edit delete
MsMegan
Heck, Dear Readers. We're getting so close to the end of this. Seven years of my life spent on this little project. In that time I've gone from freshly graduated twenty-something to married mother of an increasingly busy kid. I've gone from miserably employed to self-employed. I've gone from someone who occasionally had to sell her possessions to keep on top of rent to someone who can say "You'll have to talk to my agent about that". What a journey, guys.

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Fluffy 1st Nov 11:30 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Congrats Ms Megan! As someone who has been around for the past 5/6 years, it has been a great ride with you! You've done a wonderful job.
Mar-ee 1st Nov 11:31 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Can't believe you've done this this long:o. You must be proud.

And to comment this page awwwwwwwwwww
The Doodler 2nd Nov 12:00 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
The Doodler
Sick of the roses, lad?
(Also, I'm happy for you!)
Rose 2nd Nov 1:59 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
lmao as a person named rose, I have to say: it DOES happen.
Guest 2nd Nov 12:37 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
Cant believe its been that long but totally makes sense thinking on it. My son was about 1st grade when i first stumbled on this AMAZING comic. He is now in 7th grade (i measure time by my child idk if it a mom thing or easier for me to realize the passage by comparing then and now). Its been a great journey and Im happy to finally see these two get to this point but so sad it is coming to an end!
Narnia4Aslan 2nd Nov 2:35 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
I just keep going back to when Argus opens his eyes and keep reading and re-reading these last few pages. They are so beautiful! So well done! [And I'm still fan girl-ing over how wonderful Beauty and Argus together are! AAAAAAHHHHHH! Love them!]

And here, near the end, we have the wind, and a bird's feather (a swan's feather? or one of the little song birds that have their voices back?) and a rose. Very poetic. I can tell that this will be a very satisfying ending! I had my doubts at certain moments. Ms. Megan, you definitely kept us on our toes! But this is worth it, so, so worth it! This is now my favorite telling of the Beauty and Beast tale (even more than Beauty and Rose Daughter!) And this is my most favorite ending (and it's not even all the way ended yet!).

Ms. Megan, you have my full respect and admiration! Not only for being a master story-teller through line and ink, but also for persevering through the years to keep on keeping on! Thank you for never giving up on the story! We loyal fans and subjects really do appreciate! Thank you!
the selkie wife 2nd Nov 3:34 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
i picked this comic up immediately after starting my second high school in 2013. it's since seen me through three houses, the rest of high school, a three-year BA and the first semester of a BN. i was 15 when i started reading; i'm 21 now. it's such a wonderful thing you've created here, and it's going to be a tad bittersweet (...... and strange?) when it does eventually come to an end
The Newbie 2nd Nov 7:48 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
Congrats to you ms.megan! Thank you for sharing this awesome story! This was the second web comic I had ever read and when I saw the enormous amount of detail and the characters I fell in love with it. I still can't believe its almost over!
Guest 2nd Nov 8:55 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
"Let's go home"

How cute. I can't wait to see their life together. Will any of their family believe them? Does it matter? I think he will assimilate very well into their lives.

I started reading this last year so I didn't have to wait as long as everyone else. Still, it has been a lovely read to check on every Tues and Fri. :)
Jessie Blue 2nd Nov 12:26 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Jessie Blue
Ahhh, I love this. And you could pretty much end it right here, but I am selfishly glad there are still a few more pages for us.
Sybilla J 2nd Nov 2:16 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
We're so proud of you, Megan! Thanks for taking us on this journey with you!! <3
Stitchlingbelle 2nd Nov 3:48 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
I've loved this comic so much, I'm just heartbroken that it's finally ending. Thank you so much, Megan!
Kawaii overload!!! 2nd Nov 7:22 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
As this lovely comic comes to an end, I get excited more and more. Answers will be given in regards to questions we have. The ones that spring to mind for me are the fate of LADY and a possible epilogue for Argus and Beauty, the former especially for long time fans. Maybe even a possible glimpse into the first woman Argus loved, though that seems unlikely. Who knows!? I just can't wait to see it all through! I'll definitely be rereading this comic until I get get the money to afford it in physical volumes.
And a big thanks to MsMegan for giving this to us.
Miss Elcia 2nd Nov 7:50 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Also Beauty: "...and get you a new shirt."


Sorry hehe silly comment.
Everything else I could comment on has been covered perfectly. From the rose and feather symbolism to the possible contents of the next pages.
Tantz Aerine 2nd Nov 7:58 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Tantz Aerine
What a massive achievement! Well done :D
J.S. 3rd Nov 2:36 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
It's interesting that both this version of the story and the 2017 Disney remake (which I know MsMegan doesn't particularly like) have Beauty/Belle say "Let's go home" at a significant point... but with completely different meanings. In the Disney remake, she says it at the end of her sad visit with the Beast to her parents' abandoned old house, and the Beast is surprised and happy to realize that by "home" she means his castle. But here she means "her" home, in the village with her family, which will be Argus’s new home too. This sums up an interesting difference between the character arcs of Beauty and Argus and those of Disney’s Belle and Beast. For such a sweet, colorful, family-friendly movie, Disney’s version does have a bit of a misanthropic edge – Belle’s home village is a place of boring, narrow-minded bigots who become a bloodthirsty mob toward people (or creatures) who are too different. The 2017 version also shatters Belle’s rosy dreams of the world beyond the village when she learns the gruesome fate of her mother; at least that was how I interpreted that scene and her “Let’s go home” line. In all Disney incarnations, Belle and the Beast/prince are two misfits who find their ultimate happiness in withdrawing from the larger world, in favor of a life in the castle with the select few people (each other, the servants and Belle’s father) who love them as they are. But that particular outcome would be all wrong for Beauty and Argus. They’ve been misfits too, but escaping from the world into the castle was where they both started (each in their different ways) at the beginning of their arcs – that was the unhealthy stance they’ve both needed to outgrow. Beauty’s coming-of-age arc has given her new strength and self-esteem self-esteem and let her build healthier, more communicative bonds with her family as well as with Argus, and as for Argus… I just love that in this version, it isn’t just Beauty’s love that breaks the spell, but Argus’s own self-acceptance and desire to live a human life to the fullest again. These two need to leave the castle and its isolation behind. They’re ready to embrace the full experience of human life in this world, and whatever future challenges there might be, they’ll brave them together. I love the Disney version and always will, but to tell the truth, Beauty and Argus’s arcs are even more inspiring and encouraging for me than their Disney counterparts’. This is truly one of the best BatB retellings I’ve ever found.
Bethany 3rd Nov 11:12 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
I've been mostly a lurker while reading this but I've been around since Act One. I've always loved BatB as a story, and this version is one of my favorites (if not THE fave). It's been a wonderful journey and I'm so happy I was able to ride along with you for it. Looking forward to seeing your future projects!
Hallan 3rd Nov 10:04 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Hallan
I would like to buy a full hard copy set of this comic when it's done!
melaredblu 4th Nov 1:05 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
melaredblu
Honestly, this page is already a pretty satisfying ending, since it's already all but certain that her family will welcome them back with open arms. If you chose to end it here, I'd be fine with that.
That being said, since your comment makes it clear this isn't the final page, I'm quite looking forward to seeing them come home!
Ransom 4th Nov 4:41 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Congrats Megan! Not to speak too soon, but it's been truly worth the wait to see this story completed.
Ami 5th Nov 3:10 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
I found this comic when there were 500 pages which i read in ONE emotional night. Since then i've agonized over this every week. Congratulations! You've brought an amazing story to life and i love it so much!
Morgan 5th Nov 9:22 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
I’m so close to crying. I really have loved this and I’ve loved looking forward to every single page. I started reading this late so I had quite a bit of pages to read and I really got hooked. You are so talented and this is such a lovely take on the classic story
Lostariel 7th Nov 10:07 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
that's REAL romance, folks!!!!