Chapter 20 – Father and Son: Page 30

Chapter 20 - Father and Son - Page 30

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  • bronakopdin

    oh noeeeees T^T

    why oh why can’t they finally meet and make up!
    as I said on the page before, I can’t blame Elan at all… Rafa needs to listen to his heart to solve this situation >/////<

  • Krondor2000

    Oh man! Not another feels roller coaster ride for the next two months!

    • Aurelie86

      We’re here with you! <3

  • RD

    The worst part about this is that I can understand where both of them are coming from. Their actions and words make complete and total sense from their own perspective. They aren’t speaking the same language here, but of course neither of them knows that. We, the readers, are left to sit on the outside knowing, understanding, and feeling both perspectives. We can see where the break is, but we can’t do anything to fix it.

    This is why I love this comic.

    Very well done, The Mice! You have made both people real, even in the midst of some extreme conflict. You have us all invested in this story. Thank you for bringing us along on this ride!

  • Donald Burch

    Mice said that Elan would react to what happened with his father “in his own sad, Elan way.” I thought I understood but after taking in these latest pages I realized how I didn’t. Elan seems to be lashing out in anger, suspicious of everyone after his father. That kind of anger and mistrust must be agony on Elan’s sensitive soul. Can he remember that Rafa taught him how to be strong and independent? Even if he does, what happens next? In the real world this is typically where lovers part for a while only to reunite later to find out that one has moved on with his life. Are these boys strong enough to pull through? Is their love strong enough to hang on? I hope so. If only because Elan and Rafa have come to represent something truly special in my heart.

  • kuku

    Well, at least he puts it in the past – had none – which sounds like a determination to change that. You can do it, Elan – but you need someone on your side without the complicated uncertainties of romance – time to meet Uncle Felipe! Let’s hope he is still as warm and loving as your mom was!

    The birds are beautiful, and Elan always notices them.

  • … I don’t even know what to say.

  • Donald Burch

    Late realization. The boys have to meet eventually. Elan wants Murakami! :3 I feel better.

    • Red

      Your words are so true in the previous post. Its is so like real life. But I hope that with Murakami goes the diary as well too!

      • Donald Burch

        Very astute observation! The diary speaks of Rafa’s thoughts during that horrible time. Even if Elan leaves he might read the diary and learn the truth. Interesting way to keep the story moving and keep hope alive.

        • D. Garrett

          i know this might be wrong, but @ this point i think that its rafas diary too. i dont think he would part with his lifeline.

  • Loneliestoflulabies

    I think there’s a crack in my heart, does anyone have some duck tape?

  • Lleyn

    You know what the cruelest part of this scene is? Not being able to see Rafa’s reaction to Elan’s words. Does he realize he hit the wrong keys? Or is he confused? Hurt? I want this to have a happy ending, but I’m starting to wonder if in real life this relationship would be possible at all, or if their worlds would simply be too different to merge.

    • Jonni

      Rafa has read Elan’s journal, so he should know where Elan thinks he stands. Will Rafa look blankly at his phone, realise where Elan is coming from then facepalm (or ring back and profess his love)? Though Elan and Rafa come from very different backgrounds, they bring a lot of good to one another: I believe that with compassion and willingness to see outside our usual perspectives to understand one another, this kind of relationship can work in fiction and real life. It may be a rocky and painful road at times, but that’s how you know it’s worthwhile.

  • Ashley Schweiss

    I…what? Nooo! Elan t.t Rafa t.t there aren’t words for the sadness I feel for them. Rafa is being selfishly caring, wanting to keep Elan physically safe but not realizing the emotional battle he needs help with and Elan is hurt and lonely and just feels Rafa rejecting him. Urg…. too real!

  • Pamela Cunningham

    The mice there are several comics that I follow .But only a few that I seriously look forward to reading and yours is # 1at the top of my list .I would read anything you wrote and I would gladly by any of your work . I’m definitely gonna be around for the long ride .

    • themice

      *o/* I am happy you are going to stick for a while. I have a lot of projects I’m working on: another children’s book, and a new webcomic after EMR (in color and shorter likely).

      • Pamela Cunningham

        First congrats on your second children’s book and I hope EMR won’t be over any time soon . And whenever your second comic come out trust me I will read it COLOR to I’m there.

  • I AM R U

    I kinda get where this is coming from… but I must admit, I think its a little unfair of Elan. Rafa, to a certain point, has no idea why Elan would be so upset at him. As much as Rafa does, inadvertently, try to protect Elan maybe too much, he also spent lots of time encouraging Elan to stand up for himself, to be assertive, to learn self defense (which is used for SELF defense, for protection of the self and others and with the goal of not needing someone else to protect you), and to be his own person… Elan is doing that now, but I can’t help but feel he’s being a little self-indulgent.

    I’m sure people will disagree with me >.< but personally, I want to smack Elan up the back of the head and tell him to man up and get a grip. Rafa has lost plenty of people, he's lived a rougher and harder life than Elan, and watched Elan get shot. So, he's scared of something like that happening again – makes sense to me. Elan, on the other hand…I don't know what Elan wants. Hopefully that will become clear as the story goes on. Maybe Elan doesn't even know what he wants.

    Either way, I admit to finding it frustrating when, instead of talking, instead of reasonable consideration, Elan is spitting the dummy. So he's been strong and dealt with his dad, and I'm proud of him for that. Its hard to do that, so hard, and takes a lot of bravery and strength, and confidence in one's self. But now, I can't help but think he's being more selfish then anything.

    If he wants to write his own story, then he should. Not arguing with that. But being someone's partner means seeking their input before you put pen to paper, to continue the metaphor, even if you ultimately decide to go against what they suggest… Maybe he doesn't want that with Rafa. Fair enough. But it seems to me he's throwing away a chance at that, without much thought.

    • I AM R U

      And boy, I don’t know where that rant came from ^.^ Sorry if people
      disagree with me, I get that, its fine. And sorry Mice, I’m dumping in
      your comic o.O but take it as a compliment, this comic gets me and makes
      me relate far more to the character than any other I’ve ever read…

      • DayiaKnyte

        I agree with you!
        Both of them have gone through their own hell … but to simply hang up on someone because you don’t want to hear what they have to say is cruel and unfair.

        Rafa is trying to be responsable (even if that means letting Rafa go) and was smart enough to know you don’t have those kind of talks over a phone.
        Rafa was at least going to be man enough to tell Elan face to face how he felt and Elan simply dismissed him (with a sarcastic remark no less) with no pretext that he would ever call back.
        I can’t help but feel he is playing to much the victom right now. (Yes, I realise that he has just gone through a trauma with his dad … but he called Rafa, Rafa did not call him).

      • themice

        This is all good. I try VERY hard not to make Elan into a Mary Sue/Gary Stu. He is definitely flawed, he has reasons to be right now because his life has been turned upside down, but he definitely isn’t thinking clearly.

        • Donald Burch

          We all say things and do things in anger that we later come to regret. No way in hell this is a Mary Sue/Gary Stu Mice. I understand Mary Sue stories to be ultimately selfish and self-centered. EMR breathes, it speaks to me on many levels. I relate to it personally and I hope for happiness for the boys because I want that happiness in my life. It is touching and deep, gentle and yet it slaps us with the harsh realities of life. The lesson I take from EMR is to be kind. To listen and accept that I’m human. To accept that others are only human too. Be patient because we can’t always articulate how we truly feel. These are good lessons. Lessons I take home and appreciate.

        • I AM R U

          Sorry, I didn’t mean it in that way – Elan is flawed, sure, but I didn’t mean that he was in any way one dimensional in the way a Mary/Gary Stu is. Elan, for all his flaws and weaknesses, is still developed as a complex character capable of great strength and bravery as well as being flawed in a perfectly understandable and human way.

          My reaction was to that element of him, that he’s essentially jeopardizing himself and his newly acquired strength by behaving in what is ultimately a childish and self indulgent manner (in my opinion).

          Also, I’m just feeling all the Rafa feels, because he’s who I relate to the most and care about more (sorry!). I really can’t wait to see how it all works out :3

  • DayiaKnyte

    So disappointed in Elan.
    Rafa is right about this not being a conversation you do over the phone.

    • D. Garrett

      elan is expecting the break-up speech, so why should he prolong his pain? he referenced free bird so hes probably assuming he was just another conquest 4 rafa. & that rafa couldnt change 4 him.