Posted May 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm
Okay, so hopefully by the time we're done with this sequence of pages, it'll be clear where Sara's coming from. Doesn't mean everyone will agree with her, but hey, we all took something completely different away from the latest Captain America movie, and likely we'll have different feelings here too.
I wanted to explore a lot of different parental figures in this comic, because usually you only ever get the whole "I can't tell my parents about my secret life as a Witch/Vampire Hunter/Werewolf/Amateur Detective/Etc." I didn't want to go that route at all. Besides, everyone here are adults because frankly, I cannot write stories about teenagers and I'm completely over reading them for the most part. Oops. If Malaya's parents are the super supportive types, Sara Ross is more of the...level-headed disciplinarian, I guess. Neither approach to parenting is 100% totally right. Malaya is maybe kind of stunted from being protected and coddled by her parents for so long, but Elias turned out really eager to please and kind of self-doubting as a result of his mom's more tough parenting. So it goes. Sara's not mean, she's trying her best, but she's got a lot of responsibility on her shoulders and her hands are tied.
Anyway, eventually I think I'll probably have to make side comics to actually thoroughly explain some of these things. I don't really have space in the main narrative. Malaya will have to learn about werewolf political hierarchy at some point, but I'm not sure when that'll be O_O. This story is a monster...filled with monsters. So, werewolf politics are as such: each state has a certain number of packs. There aren't a lot of packs, maybe tops 20 in a very big state, or like 5 in Montana because no one lives in Montana and they probably like the space. Basically, before your pack moves to discipline any pack in a state for illegal action, you have to clear what you're doing with all the other packs in that state. (A lot of teleconferencing is involved, I guess. Or travel for really big issues.) Otherwise, it's taken as someone forcefully attempting to take over another pack's territory. And like, you can do that too, but you better have a damn good reason, like their alpha is a dick or just generally a huge fuck up. In this case, we have no evidence that Connie's weird pack actually killed anyone, and we only have Malaya's nose to go off of that they actually stole her brother. Just like in a regular police investigation, you move as quickly as possible, but you gotta follow the rules.
The reason these rules exist is because werewolves can be real assholes, and without some sort of oversight, they'd tear each other apart and probably some humans to boot.
In life news, I got my damn car back! My cousin's husband's brother replaced the back window at his shop for me :). Because that's what happens in the Midwest. You know someone who knows someone who helps you out when you need something weirdly specific. His shop is only a mile from my house, so I took a long walk with the dog over there. I think I kind of blew her mind, because we had never gone that direction before. Frankly, there were a lot of houses I'd never seen before either, so it was good to just see what a whole different part of town was like. One house had the whole front porch decorated with strips of tie dye fabric, so that was interesting. Then I found two houses that looked like they were being completely swallowed by their shrubbery. One was much worse than the other, because it took me a minute to see where the door was, and the shrubs took up the entire rest of the property as well. There's a house in there somewhere...possibly not a person, though? My part of town usually has quite a few people out and about because I'm in a more central area of my city (I live in the Chicago suburbs), but this part of town was just...houses. And a couple kids walking to school. Kind of weird.
Anyway, I've finally made it to season 4 of Lost Girl. I'm still just really impressed with this show. They managed to have a bisexual lead female character, and it feels legit. A lot of times, having two women make out on TV feels like...oh, here are two obviously straight women trying to sexily kiss each other for the camera, but they're not into it at all. Lost Girl manages to make Bo's universal attraction to just about everyone feel very legit. Plus, she's so damn nice! I like nice characters. I like characters who don't freak out at each other over small issues, and who actually talk things out. It's very refreshing. Too bad there's only five seasons, but we'll see. I heard the writing gets a bit rocky towards the end, but that's every show.