Chapter 20 – Father and Son: Page 20

Chapter 20 - Father and Son - Page 20

Only – Nine Inch Nails

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  • This gay man says thank you. I know it’s hard dealing with violence, but sometimes it’s just essential to stand up for yourself and in this particular moment it’s very satisfying. Thank you for the hard work on this.

  • Oh wow! Elan! *hugs* You are more of a man than your father could ever hope to be!

  • ThaYuuki

    Elan’s last line is so depressing. The whole ‘apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ thing. It hurts especially since we know Elan is nothing like his father. Elan is a beautiful precious loving man who has withstood everything his father has thrown at him. His father could barely withstand a single blow. In other words, I wanna snuggle our boys until everything is all better and I want them to get back together and live happily ever after. Wow I really went off on a tangent on that one. I can’t even remember my original point anymore.

    • Jonni

      It’s not a negative thing. Elan’s father has great steel, and that is the trait that Elan has inherited from him. The difference is that Elan’s father blends that toughness of character with uncompromising selfishness which has made him his fortune as a ruthless businessman, but also has probably rendered him so inflexible that his business is crumbling as he fails to adapt to a changing world. You can hear in his speech how he always makes things everyone else’s fault. Elan has the same strength but tempers it with humility, compassion, an eye for the beauty in everyday life and a loving heart – what he learned from his mother, perhaps. His heart is what makes Elan stronger now than his father could ever hope to be, and why he will keep on growing as his father flails and crumbles – and hopefully for his sake, one day learns that it is our hearts, not our bank balances, that make us.

      • themice

        Beautifully said! And very true.

        • Jonni

          Thanks, this is the way I talk when I feel inspired – and I love this story and the way it stirs my heart. You’re a wonderful writer and artist, please keep at it

          • themice


      • D. Garrett

        A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. –Chinese Proverb

        It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change. –Charles Darwin

        • Jonni

          Those quotes are going in my notebook. Thanks!

  • Alfredo

    This is just so strong. Is this a enriched page by some real life experiences … yours or someone else, you invention? We must not forget that both protagonists and antagonists are yours Mr. The Main Mice are in your mind before being put on paper, anyway i like it very very much *¬*

    • themice

      I do know someone who was in a long battle for his grandmother’s inheritance, and the one rich name involved is one everyone would recognize. So, yes, that is taken from real life.

  • Roxabel Victoria Pérez Egaña

    CRUEL? ELAN IS CRUEL??? omg you just went a little over the limit, old man. Elan is not cruel, and he is not weak, and not womanly at all! He just punched you, bastard! Ñeee, Elan is so wonderful, it is great the now he is brave enough in order to punch you as you deserve. And stop trying to steal Elan’s money!

  • SmokedBoo

    This is some A-grade irony.

  • dalekskaro

    This is a long time coming. I’m glad that Elan stood up for himself and while violence isn’t always the answer, but self defense and putting somebody in their place is sometimes necessary. I’ve been reading since the early days of this webcomic and I absolutely love the story. I love seeing how far your art has come along it’s amazing. Keep up the good work. :)

  • Lleyn

    Mr. Singer is a man with entirely wrong values. If he’d only trust his son once, just once, none of this would’ve happened. Then again, maybe Elan would never have met Rafa. I guess some people only learn the hard way, and it seems Mr. Singer will soon have to learn what it is like to have to start all over again with nothing.

    Reporting back from a two-week holiday that ended in me being invalided home with a stomach bug – who knew the UK could be such a dangerous place ;) But as always, it is a delight to read this story!

  • Simba

    I am overwhelmed by the action and emotion in this so the only thing I can think to say is Oh man, I love this song!! A good fit, for sure.

  • Happy Pancakes

    Weak and womanly? He just kicked your ass. And if he wasn’t the awesome person he was, he probably woulda done more. Elan is such an awesome character and it’s amazing seeing him grow as a person.

  • SVM2015

    I just want to give Elan a big hug. Self defense can be difficult to do even if you’ve trained a lot. I’m glad that he’s continued to take steps to remain who he is.

  • Donald Burch

    Implied gay slur and sexist comment in a single sentence, way to go Mr. Singer! This after having been thoroughly trounced by your “weak” and “womanly” son. Talk about “swimming in a river in Egypt.” That said, I fear for Elan at this moment. It’s a cliche from “Star Wars” but the son is facing the temptation of the Dark Side right now.

    It is my observation that Mr. Singer is what happens when a soul like Elan’s rejects, or “buries” his feelings in order to survive in a harsh, unforgiving world. Elan faces the same choice, what will be his decision? Become like his father, take the easier path and swallow the pain or choose the more difficult path; feel the pain, endure it, learn from it and push through to grow from the experience? I want to believe that Elan is stronger and wiser from his experience with Rafa but he is young. He is only human. We make mistakes and Elan is alone right now. To survive he might have to swallow the pain and become harder, harsher, more like his father. Like Themice said, there is more story to come! I for one wait with bated breath.

  • IronDog

    What does that make you, Mr. Singer? Being disarmed by a ‘weak’ and ‘womanly’ person?