I want to thank all of you who posted Birthday wishes to my wife yesterday.
We both really appreciated it.
A bit more exposition today.
Tomorrow’s the last of it.
Ah yes… love conquers all…
2nd post… wow.. never done that before. And as Limax said.. love conquers all…. I hope Alex gets it.
For all those who could not see my mashup pages when they were on imageshack.us, here they are rehosted.
Alternate to page 977:
Setup: Alex has just flown back up to the canyon rim
Alternate to page 979:
Setup: What Dreamland Chronicles would be like if written in the ’80s in Southern California
Alternate to page 981:
Setup: From a suggestion by Tolin42. Alex just guessed that the way to control his dream-self is through guilt.
Alex is hearing BLAH BLAH BLAH rom Orion right about now
Or like the teacher in the old Charlie Brown movies “wah wah wah-WA-wah!”
I had a similar thought. Alex’s “I’m thinking very hard and absorbing info” look is the same as his “Waaaaayyyyyy over my head” look. Should we take a vote to see which one this is?
I expect we’ll find out tomorrow.
I think he’s getting it, but he has to think it into his own terms to really own it, which he seems to be doing, albeit slowly.
And yeah, the Charlie Brown’s Teacher sound, lol!
I thought he’s hearing, “Blah blah blah blah __Nastajia__ blah blah blah.”
“Blah blah blah blah hurting Nastajia. Blah blah blah… Blah blah blah blah” is probably an equally good guess, because he just had that “epiphany” moment when he learned to fly. He knows he doesn’t want to hurt Nastajia. Orion put it best, but Alex may have heard maybe a handful of words that he really could easily understand the meaning behind and how it connects to him.
Love has always made your heart soar. Only stands to reason it should make your dreams take wing…
What will Nastajia think of Alex’s breakthrough?
She will be all like: “ah ghasp, my hero, mary me…”
Hmmm… I can’t get her ‘are you uninjured?’ line shortly after she reappeared before Alex out of my head.
“And then Orion – the loon – he throws me off the cliff! The cliff, Staj!”
Alex ends a long rant and Nastajia is obviously torn between giggling and comforting, she chooses the latter and puts a hand gently on his face.
“Are you uninjured?”
“Wha… well, yeah…”
“And you learned to fly, did you not?”
“Then that is all that matters. His tactics were a bit… crude… but Orion helped you fly. What was your inspiration… your motivation?”
Alex flushes beet red and gives a nervous and shy look at Nastajia.
“Um… you were.”
Meh… that’s what happens when I’m too stuck on a concept.
That is absolutely awesome, and i can totally see that happening! I mean, i can picture the who thing in my head, expect i will go a bit further.
“Um… you were.” Alex says as his face blushes a deep shade of red and his eyes dart back and forth between the ground and Nastajia’s eyes. Nastajia blushes for a second and then leans in and plants a kiss lightly on his lips.
Lol, i write alot so… yea… i could make a crazy fanfic if i wanted too..
That is almost exactly what I thought would happen… GET OUT OF MY HEAD!! But yeah, it would be kind of interesting to see how it ends up being explained to her and her reaction to it. I would expect that she might also later want to try and make Orion fly… but I am not holding my breath on that one.
She’ll say, “What took you so long?” or “You kissed me and didn’t know you loved me? Move over Orion, my turn to drop him!”
Lol, That’s golden JakesDad! Truely golden!
in OUR world, the kissing and the loving do not necessarily go hand-in-hand, so I wouldn’t be too surprised if he hadn’t noticed before. 😉
but haha, I wonder what being dropped by her would do to his ability to fly. 😀
I’d go for the second one cause that would be an epic hilarious slapstick moment XD
Wouldn’t be the first guy to fall in love and then take awhile afterwards to really figure out what that actually meant.
Unfortunately for guys, you have exactly one chance to say what the girl wants to hear. If you fail, . . . perdition.
that far away look in his eyes in the last panel doesn’t really have to mean that he doesn’t understand orion. it can mean that he finally realizes the depth of his feelings (I mean, if guys his age say “I love you”, the majority of them might not even know what they are talking about… and for him to realize he’s willing to do anything for her… for someone as oblivious as him, this is definitely a grand moment 😀 ).
I agree, I interpreted his face as more of a “breaking eye contact while I deeply reflect” look. That boy does have a lot to think about after all.
Late happy birthday to Donna!
It’ll be interesting to see how well Alex handles flying when not in a life-threatening situation. Yay to specifics on why and how you fly in dreamland, it’s really starting to make some sense. Taking control of your helplessness, which is what most kids instantly want to do if given the option, as in dreaming.
My sister once had this recurring dream during a rough part of her life that she was squished up against a thick wall, paralyzed and being crushed. She knew the dream was going to happen when she went to sleep so she was able to train her mind to the point where once she got into the dream, she was able to make small changes to the environment. She knew it was impossible to get rid of the wall, but she was able to make herself pass through it X-men Shadowcat style, which is what she did. Presto freedom and relief from that annoying dream sensation!
I had dreams like that when i was a kid, only it involved the world ending. I mean, in my dream i was the only one that knew the world was ending, but none of the adults would listen to me. Eventually i got to the point where i could alter the dream to just about anything i wanted… I had this dream from about age 7 to age 11. The only problem is that shortly after i was able to start altering my dreams, i stopped having that one dream that caused me to alter them, so i lost the ability to alter my dreams again…
I have weird dreams, dreams that cause dejavu. So me being able to normally alter my dreams is sort of impossible. At least for the ones I remember. The ones I don’t remember, who knows whats happening in them? I certainly don’t remember them.
I get both–deja vu dreams, and lucid dreams. And flying dreams also. Does that make me a candidate for Dreamland transfer? Or do I have to get all three qualities together?
wow you lived Scott. Thank Donna for us for letting you live. As always love the comic, but I am glad we are going to move on to something eales soon.
If there’s a real difference between Alex’s response of ‘guilt’ earlier and Orion’s current response, I’m not seeing it. (‘Guilt’ defined as: feeling of having done wrong or failed in an obligation.) To avoid failing Nastajia, Alex flew. Simple as that. Now as to why Alex wasn’t willing to fail Nastajia… Yes, Orion can bring in ‘love’ or whatever other concept he chooses to explain that. But Alex’s response was 100% accurate.
Still in the “Orion is a (expletive deleted)” camp.
Don’t forget that Alex and Nas have already proffessed their love for each other and have shared more than one kiss. The point your missins is the “hurt” part which is what let him release his biggest fear, hurting Nas again (first time when he left dreamland as a kid and did not return until he was grown up – well, grown up for Alex anyway-). Ever wonder what is going to happen in the end? Will Alex wake up, wander the halls of college and, meet a “Nastajia” in the real world? or, Will Alex drift off in the real world, never to awaken, to live his life in Dreamland!! Dang I love Drama!
I think both ways are entirely likely, its doubtful that he will meet the human equivalent of Nastajia in the normal world, but its not completely confirmed that its not possible. He kind of already does “die” in the real world when he is dreaming, so its a coin toss between possible ends.
Belate BDAY wishes to the MRS !!!!!!
Great sequence .. as always
You’re handling Orion’s explanation really well, Scott! I like how you’ve done it.
Action sequences are fun, but exposition has it’s part in the story too. You’re doing a great job Scott of balancing both. It’s very cool to hear Orion put into words what motivated Alex to fly. 😀
I never realized how yellow his eyes are.
Alex, *please* understand this time. I don’t want the year to end with Orion still spelling it out for you.
Oh, I don’t this scene is over yet.
Scott, would you like to share which Fortune 500 CEO you based Orion on? Stereotypical management-by-objectives, type A personality. Or someone from government?
I rather like exposition, so i don’t mind if you do it. Some other web-comics i read are all exposition…
Happy Belated Birthday, Scott’s Wife!
I’ve enjoyed the exposition, as well! It seems to add an extra dimension to the characters and more depth to the storyline. You run a very well balanced webcomic, Scott!
Thanks Tolin44 and JakesDad, now I’m dying to see Nastajia’s reaction to all this (and seeing Nastajia is nice too. I hope she hasn’t changed back back yet.) It feels like a Friday cliffhanger on a Thursday.
Exposition w00t! I like some exposition by THANK YOU for not dragging it out. After reading the comments, I really want to see what Nastajia’s response will be :).
Late happy birthday to Donna! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!
Wow, powerful moment for our hero here!! I wonder what Nastajia’s thoughts are on the matter!!
I think ‘staj feels the same way. She’s had some tender moments with Alex.
I’m thinking that Nastajia is more focused. Yes, she has tender moments with Alex, but at this time, and probably until Nic is vanquished, she will never forget she is first and foremost the leader of her people.
Obligation is something Alex may just be starting to understand. To Nastajia it comes first, even before her happiness.
Quick, Alex! Fly! Here come Nick!
It is true and yet still amazing how one gets over their instinct of self-preservation for the sake of someone they care about ^^
ALEXANDER CARTER EARNED THE POWER OF LOVE.
Guts +2, Heart +3, Smarts +1, Will +1
*You have now reached level six.You must gather your party before venturing forth*
I think this page does a really good job of making Alex a hero rather than just a dimwit selfish protagonist (that we all know and love of course, but none the less)
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