Comic 1239 - Flake

24th Feb 2020, 9:06 AM in Ch. 39 - The Aftermath
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Jocelyn 24th Feb 2020, 9:06 AM edit delete
In case you've forgotten, Emily's mom called her at prom. Emily, feeling powerless in the moment, agreed to go back home to her, but she was later talked out of it by Debbie and Rain. Also, today (in-comic) is the following Monday after Friday's prom, so it's been days since the initial contact without her mother making any kind of peep...

Heavy page today, I know. Next update will be pretty heavy too.

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Aria 24th Feb 2020, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Em... STAY AWAY FROM THE SPAWN POINT! That gaslighting b**the doesn't deserve the time of day from you, let alone your loyalty. She has failed you so many times in so many ways out of some misguided ideal that she can make your life perfect and by proxy, make herself happy and look good doing it. I know the type. Trust in your REAL family, Em! "The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb." The family you choose is always more powerful and more important than being merely related to someone.

Yes I know I'm talking to a webcomic character that cannot hear me... But maybe a reader following this comic is in a similar situation to Emily, and maybe my advice can help them too...
TK 24th Feb 2020, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
Spawn point, haven't heard that before but I love it.
RubyRuthNeal 24th Feb 2020, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
Still, you can't dismiss what a gutpunch from a cannonball it must feel like when someone has to totally come to grips with, and accept that their mother really and truly cares that little for their only child's welfare.... and feelings,,,, and only pretends to do so and makes contact when she needs something. And all the complicated emotional roller coaster ups and downs from being a pregnant teenager who nor too long ago basked in the limelight of being the #1 rockstar socialite in the whole school (regardless that it was an artificially contrived position of social status) to now realizing it's time to stop fooling herself and accept the harsh reality that she has to let go of any remaining fantasies she held that her mother loved her unconditionally .... That's devastating, and downright traumatizing. Emily might need to go talk with Vincent, since this is exactly the kind of situation that warrants involving the help of a professional counselor.
Larryn 24th Feb 2020, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
First, I’m definitely stealing “spawn point”. Anything that lightens the mood when discussing my venomous parents is gold.

Second, is it weird that I’m kinda happy Em’s mom didn’t call? It’s traumatic, sure, but at least its evidence that her mom won’t stalk her trying to inflict more trauma. It probably is weird.

My parents are seriously monsters guys.
j-eagle12212012 24th Feb 2020, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
This is a tough thing to deal with, and it doesn't get easier
Me 25th Feb 2020, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
What does "flake" mean in this context?
Jocelyn 25th Feb 2020, 4:23 PM edit delete reply

"Flake" is a slang term implying unreliability. I usually hear it when someone says they're going to be somewhere and then they never show (ie, they flake). In this case, Emily said to her mother she'd go home to her, but then she didn't. She flaked on her mom. I mean, to be fair, who could blame her?
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