And that ends that.

You can’t expect somebody to want to listen to you vent when you’ve done nothing but treat them and their loved ones like shit, but at the same time, it’s probably unwise to completely discount somebody’s fears regarding a mutual situation for no reason other than you just don’t like them.

Among other things. There are a lot of things going on here. Those two are the big ones.

Eventually you’ll see what they’ve learned from each other, and what they do with it.

But first, Iris, Cheryl, and Jay need to come back.

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Hey, if you enjoy this comic, it would be wonderful if you could support it. I’m trying to get both my own and my spouse’s mental health sorted out and have a fuckton of medical bills I need to pay now, and also we are moving very soon, and I would much rather keep working on the comic than be forced to go on hiatus for a couple months.

Basically, we’ve hit a financial hard spot, and I’m having trouble justifying doing this at the moment (other than just the personal enjoyment it brings me) when it would be smarter to go on hiatus and take commission work instead.

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↓ Transcript
PANEL 1
RIGEL TURNS AWAY, HIS EYES STILL FULL OF TEARS. HE FOLDS HIS ARMS ACROSS HIS CHEST AND SLOUCHES. HE'S TRYING ONE MORE TIME TO SHIFT THE BLAME FOR HIS BEHAVIOR ONTO SOMEBODY ELSE.
Rigel: ... If Orion doesn't wanna be a punching bag, then he shouldn't act like one.

PANEL 2
SIRIUS IS ROLLING HIS EYES.
Sirius: He doesn't

PANEL 3
RIGEL LOOKS AT SIRIUS AGAIN.
Rigel: He does!

PANEL 4
SIRIUS IS JUST WATCHING RIGEL, A LOOK OF DISBELIEF ON HIS FACE. HE'S TIRED OF THIS CONVERSATION, AND CAN'T BELIEVE HOW DELUSIONAL RIGEL IS REGARDING HIS OWN BEHAVIOR.
Rigel: And punching bags get punched, so I haven't done anything wrong. He's just weak, and won't hit back.

PANEL 5
SIRIUS IS GESTURING AT RIGEL WITH BOTH HANDS AGAIN, FED UP.
Sirius: You basically just told me you break down and hurt people because you feel bad!

PANEL 6
RIGEL IS STARING AT SIRIUS, HIS TEETH CLENCHED.
Sirius: That's weakness!

PANEL 7
Sirius: And if Orion were weak like you,

PANEL 8
CLOSE UP OF SIRIUS' EYES, HE'S ANGRY.
Sirius: you'd be dead right now.

PANEL 9
RIGEL IS STARING AT SIRIUS. HIS EXPRESSION IS ANGRY, BUT STRANGELY CALM. TEARS ARE FINALLY ROLLING DOWN HIS FACE. HE'S FINALLY CONCEDED.
Rigel: Maybe that wouldn't be such a bad thing.