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Planet Ripple- 132- Bully tactic

Just so you know, this is an actual thing bullies and abusers like to do. They expect you to sit on your hands and take whatever they dish out on you, and the second you DARE to stand up for yourself, as soon as you dare resist, they throw up their hands and cower as if you're the one who's been unreasonably attacking them. They go "Waaah, now you're the one hurting me!" It's a manipulative way to get you to stop and submit to them, by making you feel bad, and whether she realizes it or not, that's what Cristina is doing.

Anyway... that's the full scene. I hope you've all enjoyed it. You know, these last four pages weren't even originally in the comic. I drew them just a little over a month ago, adding them to the first half of the comic at the last minute 'cause I felt something like this would tie up that chunk of the story nicely.

We've still got about 20 pages left to go, so enjoy what follows from here.

That's it for today!

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ThistleIsles's avatar

This was so intense. I gotta say, this is a great character defining moment.

Efri10dd's avatar
Oh sweet sweet catharsis, Minnow is a wonderful human being and I love the entirety of her speech because this is exactly how I've felt with people in my own life. 
Battledroidunit047's avatar
Yikes... Talk about no mercy...
Osmostrix's avatar
That was a great speech!Dance! 
lordmep's avatar
Reminds me a lot of this episode of Bojack Horseman…
lordmep's avatar
Yeah. Haven't actually gotten around to watching the main show, though. The way this guy built it up left me a little intimidated, but you see what I was going for.
LegendWeaver25's avatar
Minnow rules.

That is all.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Indeed. When she finally lets loose... dang.
FatherOfMusho's avatar
This is similar to how my mother acts when I call her out on some of her failings as a parent.  She plays the victim, either with "I thought I was doing what was best for you" or "I was worried/concerned".  Codependent people tend to manipulate to get what they want, and what's worse, they think they did the right thing even if it hurts you.  Christina Marx is known as a "Narcissist", the polar opposite and usual companion to the codependent, but they're really two sides of the same coin.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Oh, I've known plenty of narcissists in my time. They need to be propped up and the center of attention and praise, like, all the time.
FatherOfMusho's avatar
Yeah, and most of my "friends" in the past were narcissistic.  Main reason I decided most of humanity isn't worth my time.
Gusindor's avatar
Oof. That was intense. Minnow's showing a lot of self-awareness here, good for her.

You raise an interesting point that Christina may not realize what she's doing. I think a lot of people do this kind of social/emotional manipulation subconsciously without ever actually intending to.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Yeah... I was hoping a few other people who usually comment would have something to say about this scene, but surprisingly, not that many do. I guess it was too depressing for them, but it still bums me out a bit.
Gusindor's avatar
Sometimes when something is so intense, it feels futile to try putting my thoughts into words. Maybe that's what the other regulars are dealing with.
Now that's winning a battle through integrity and wisdom!
0-0master's avatar
Oh.....well that was serious 0_o
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