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Chapter 53: Page 3

Flame on, kinda.

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ShadowMan

Okay, now I'm a little disturbed

6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 AM
Cinderella Man

ANGRY!!

6 Jul 2015 | 12:01 AM
Amanda

Ah, that way she can vent without destroying anything. Clever.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:01 AM
BOOTS

looks like the elemental side can't interact with anything...

6 Jul 2015 | 12:01 AM
Bear

Tantrum? Tantrum. Let it all out, girl.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:01 AM
DoorSlamminDork

Pent up emotions in a separate entity?

6 Jul 2015 | 12:02 AM
Blue Tes

Ok, I'm going with kind of angry here for our flame friend's mood.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:03 AM
Wyzwon

Well I'm still stumped.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:04 AM
Chris

Don't hold back.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:08 AM
Dorotheian

Hmmm. The hair cut makes it look like it has a "halo," like an angel. A very pinched and angry angel.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:09 AM
Brian

Wow, she just hates this room, doesn't she? So full of rage but unable to do anything about it... I hope Annie has a plan. This kind of rage isn't healthy. It's toxic. :(

6 Jul 2015 | 12:11 AM
Pennpenn

Poor Annie Fire Spirit Thing! I hope you get to vent your frustration at some point in some substantive way. Like incinerating Anthony Carver.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:13 AM
elephant

AH! annie is disassociating. the flame spirit taking an entirely different entity from her is just a manifestation of said disassociation. nicely done tom!

6 Jul 2015 | 12:13 AM
taytay

His father keeping the flame spirit away so she won't die like her mom?

6 Jul 2015 | 12:16 AM
Athena

I am boxbot.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:19 AM
Romanticide

Confirmation that Firey is very, very angry. On the other hand the empty,colorless and asepticnature of Annie's room really makes me uncomfortable. Like if any trace of individuality was scrubbed down... :/

6 Jul 2015 | 12:19 AM
ABoredGuy

I think cutting Antimony's hair and this oddly shaped room have something to do with separating the fire elemental from rest of Antimony. That's what her dad was away for - trying to find out how to do that. He already lost Surma to the elemental and has decided to not lose Antimony too that way. Of course doing that he is going to push Antimony away and ends up loosing her anyway. A classical tragedy setting for him.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:28 AM
Tue

Ha ha. "Can't touch this.".

6 Jul 2015 | 12:29 AM
Bisqwit

Tangibility needs some adjustment, it seems.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:30 AM
sillymagpie

Oh ho, so she's angry but can't affect the material world without a connection to Annie.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:30 AM
Carmen

Healthy. Obviously this experiment is going well

6 Jul 2015 | 12:30 AM
shannon

Ah, impotent rage. I'm sure we've all had that feeling at one time or another... (So does this mean Annie's storing all her anger in the elemental?)

6 Jul 2015 | 12:31 AM
Marc Jacobs

Poor fire-Annie. All that frustration and nothing to take it out on. I wonder how all that pent up anger will affect Annie once she re-merges her two selves.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:32 AM
Fire Hazard

Can't touch this dananana

6 Jul 2015 | 12:33 AM
Citizen

Her eyes look like Jeanne's.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:33 AM
BerrySauce

ah. I see. so she is cut off from using her fire powers

6 Jul 2015 | 12:35 AM
Symbolism

Mi, I'm Tom Siddell.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:35 AM
Lemeres

I've played enough games to know what is going on. She is furiously pressing the A button while trying to find the one spot that lets her pick up the item.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:42 AM
psyraptor

Fire and books, rarely do those two lead to harmonious results. This is gonna be a long day

6 Jul 2015 | 12:51 AM
kodamsa

More heartbreak. All this anger penned inside. I can see her doing this everyday, but nothing changes. She cannot affect the real world without her severed self. Astounding work!

6 Jul 2015 | 12:52 AM
Lucy

Wow. Fire!Annie is really freaking pissed. Also, love the effect with her 'hair' being cut.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:53 AM
feli

Can't touch this, na na na.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:53 AM
KatLover

So this is where Annie's spirit is. Poor thing. She's got all of this power but it's all suppressed. I'm surprised I feel such sympathy for a vengeful fire elemental.

6 Jul 2015 | 12:55 AM
ali

:0

6 Jul 2015 | 12:59 AM
Liontamer

I can relate so much to the helplessness she must be feeling. That's the most abysmal emotion.

6 Jul 2015 | 1:00 AM
leaf

oh i get it she doens;t have a true form with out anne so she cna;t touch anythign she is her rage her anger her strong enotioms she wants to smash those books and leave she wants to fight but she can;t way to give the feels tom i tip my hat to you if i had a hat

6 Jul 2015 | 1:02 AM
katerina

Captain obvious: looks like it's trying to get something...

6 Jul 2015 | 1:14 AM
Averander

It's Annie. There's nothing left of Annie in the shell we're seeing.

6 Jul 2015 | 1:25 AM
caela

I would like to read a calming book during my free time, but don't seem to get a grip on it.

6 Jul 2015 | 1:28 AM
Rock

Show us how you (and we) really feel, Annie...

6 Jul 2015 | 1:34 AM
eddi

The Fire Spike is angry. But without Annie it is ineffective being only a spirit of fire.

6 Jul 2015 | 1:38 AM
Lupin

Huh, I thought ethereal Annie had learned to both be flamey and move stuff in the real world. Maybe she's too angry to control the touchy bit.

6 Jul 2015 | 1:40 AM
Dorotheus

That's what in inside of Annie. That's what Dad is trying to get rid of so Annie doesn't die if she has kids. Annie suppressing it is probably going to cause it to consume her and either split the court and forest even more... or just generally cause problems.

6 Jul 2015 | 1:47 AM
Hijojo

Being that angry and not even able to shove the books off of a desk oh torture. Think of the cliche. Or I guess the lack there of.

6 Jul 2015 | 1:48 AM
miki

Oooh! I love how the severed "hair" looks like wings in the fourth panel.

6 Jul 2015 | 1:59 AM
Valkeiper2012

hmmm... looks like someone is throwing a temper tantrum. I'd say she getting a little hot under the collar, but she isn't wearing a collar and she has already gotten beyond 'a little'

6 Jul 2015 | 2:01 AM
Valkeiper2012

strange, she doesn't seem to be effecting the obviously flammable targets

6 Jul 2015 | 2:02 AM
milk

must be rly frustrating trying to trash the place when your limbs just go thru everything. in other news, i want annie's fire to incinerate me

6 Jul 2015 | 2:04 AM
Loque

Man, she (it?) really hates books.

6 Jul 2015 | 2:08 AM
cat plush

Incorporeal impotent fiery fury.

6 Jul 2015 | 2:18 AM
MANUEL

FIREEEEEEEEEEEE

6 Jul 2015 | 2:23 AM
Herp McDerp

Well, the books don't seem to be catching fire ... Theory: Her spirit is literally "going through" the books, absorbing their information. When Antimony reintegrates, she'll have the knowledge that the spirit acquired.

6 Jul 2015 | 2:23 AM
tmt

You're making me think that Annie's father actually knows what he's doing. I don't like that, I want to hate this guy.

6 Jul 2015 | 2:26 AM
Cheshire

Well I guess a good read is out of the question for The Fire.

6 Jul 2015 | 2:28 AM
SamTheKingOfHell

Flame Entity is scary and Angry... Release her upon the world. MWHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA MWHAHAHA MWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH

6 Jul 2015 | 2:33 AM
Vladier

No wonder Annie wasn't goood at studying with that thing inside her. It wants to burn all the books, not read them! No one has any right to destroy written knowledge, not even a thing made out of fire! Especially not a thing made out of fire! Though it doesn't seem to do any damage. Maybe it just hightens the temperature with every strike by a little bit. Maybe it should just stick it's hand inside one book and wait until it catches fire. Or maybe not and it should just cool down and not try to destroy precious depositories of written scientific word.

6 Jul 2015 | 2:36 AM
Dee

Books!? I hate books! Mnyeaaah! I also hate being non-corporeal!

6 Jul 2015 | 2:39 AM
Katrina

This makes me feel sad :-(

6 Jul 2015 | 2:41 AM
Liz

It looks like the ghost of the Annan waters. She has Jeanne's fury-wrenched face. I wonder if the anger is its own, or Antimony's repressed feelings about daddy dearest turning her life upside down. Maybe ol' pops is cutting Antimony off from feeling the resentment entirely, and that's why it's so upset?

6 Jul 2015 | 2:42 AM
Pablo

I suspect Anthony is going to be in a big heap o' trouble if that fire elemental ever regains the ability to affect the material world.

6 Jul 2015 | 2:59 AM
Antthefirst

I'm really curious about that space between her 'hair' and the rest of the fire.

6 Jul 2015 | 3:03 AM
Max Caulfield

Fire spirit not happy. Fire spirit smash stuff.

6 Jul 2015 | 3:06 AM
ElMariachi

I think it's pissed off...

6 Jul 2015 | 3:07 AM
Blip

If taking into account that this is Annie's fire elemental spirit, and that this is somewhat of a distorted version of her etherical form, then Annie's consciousness may also exist inside of it. She's almost like a ghost in this regards, trying to unleash her frustrations in the real world but can't make a dent on anything. ... Sort of like the powerlessness that abuse victims feel. I know this story is fond of literal metaphors, but damn. No words were even needed.

6 Jul 2015 | 3:11 AM
Geneseepaws

Fire! I beg you to burn. Fire, destroy all you've learned. I'll see you burn. It is elementary; the fundamental Elemental is deeply unhappy at her new living arrangements, in her sadness she is singing, "I ain't got no-body," ... My fear is that the Elemental part of Annie will Learn how to leave the Aether, and cross to the material, ... And if it finds the blinker stone, ... Well, I willn't go there. Does the Annan present enough water to save the Court, if fire broke out? Would the robots leave fighting the fire to save Kat, leaving the town to burn until Kat was safe?

6 Jul 2015 | 3:19 AM
Wikipediocracy

Probably a good thing it has no physical interaction with those particular objects. Hm. Wonder how it is confined?

6 Jul 2015 | 3:24 AM
ttnt

Yep, Annie's frustration is totally in there.

6 Jul 2015 | 3:27 AM
Muddy

Not a fan of flat-pack officeware, huh?

6 Jul 2015 | 3:29 AM
Snowgods

Lost her Mojo,

6 Jul 2015 | 3:38 AM
Xeno

Is you mad or nah?

6 Jul 2015 | 3:41 AM
Moggers87

You teach those books a lesson!

6 Jul 2015 | 3:44 AM
Zed

It's okay, FlameAnnie. We've all had bad haircuts before.

6 Jul 2015 | 3:56 AM
Artyom

Don't tell me... he imprisoned her soul... >:[

6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 AM
Obakeinu

No... not pleased at all.

6 Jul 2015 | 4:14 AM
Dc. Apple

Well this cant be healthy.

6 Jul 2015 | 4:48 AM
Auren

Wow, the fire must really hate schoolwork. Since the desk isn't on fire, I guess she can't touch anything, like blinker stone fire. Is there something about the walls that won't let her leave?

6 Jul 2015 | 4:51 AM
Coyote

So, basically, the fire elemental inside Annie is currently powerless. I'm not sure where this will go next...

6 Jul 2015 | 4:52 AM
Mar

oh jeez, fire Annie isn't having it

6 Jul 2015 | 5:01 AM
Donna

this is so sad!

6 Jul 2015 | 5:05 AM
mikeinlb68

Whoah, did see that coming. Is it looking for Rey, Annie's hair or the rabbit totem?

6 Jul 2015 | 5:09 AM
zaardbear

Annie's fire elemental seems unable to affect the physical realm now; I wonder if Annie is similarly currently unable to affect the etheric realm. Both due to the hair trim?

6 Jul 2015 | 5:18 AM
CoyoteOutlaw

Poor fire spirit. :( Wonder if its by choice that she can't do any damage...perhaps not, otherwise she'd be free.

6 Jul 2015 | 5:20 AM
Pyuru

She just wants to change the furniture!

6 Jul 2015 | 5:23 AM
Crumplepunch

Flameo, hotman.

6 Jul 2015 | 5:25 AM
Sienna

anger rising

6 Jul 2015 | 5:29 AM
pretty flacko

U mad bruh

6 Jul 2015 | 5:30 AM
Icala

She has HAIR-ly enough power to do anything.

6 Jul 2015 | 5:32 AM
Ratchet

Congratulations, Tony. Once this is over, she won't even want to touch history and biology any more. Let's see how well you deal with your daughter actually dropping out. Higher education treats people exactly like this. For my introductory course, I started off with a book in a foreign language I was barely familiar with. (Say you speak Spanish and have just had to buy a book full of Portuguese academic jargon. The languages are closely related, but as far as your brain is concerned, it might as well be Quechua you're trying to read. Oh, and you're on a deadline. Have fun.) I used to be a big reader. After spending a summer slogging through the reading list that was casually thrown my way, I'm now struggling to pick up anything that's thicker than a glossy pamphlet. :(

6 Jul 2015 | 5:33 AM
Daisho

Better hope there's nothing etheric in the room -- /that/ will be in small fragments by now.

6 Jul 2015 | 5:33 AM
Scott

????

6 Jul 2015 | 5:40 AM
Crystal

I love how her hair is part of her power. Sort of a reverse Sampson and Delilah.

6 Jul 2015 | 5:47 AM
Luna

Fire is pi$$ed, fire is very pi$$ed.

6 Jul 2015 | 5:47 AM
CPUGuy1

Is the Alter-Ego/Alter Id a REALITY?

6 Jul 2015 | 5:51 AM
Nox

I feel like if everything in here in fire retardant, it will just make things worse..

6 Jul 2015 | 6:03 AM
Bladada

Somebody is pissed...

6 Jul 2015 | 6:06 AM
Meow

"Damn you, I need more books! More!!!" On another note, yeah you go fire ethereal Annie thing. 🔥

6 Jul 2015 | 6:06 AM
Unclever title

When you go around bottling a raging fire... don't things eventually explode?

6 Jul 2015 | 6:14 AM
Dune

Don'tcha just hate it when you just want to light everything on fire but you're actually an aetheric construct of anger, frustration, and passion, so you can't? Always ruins my Tuesdays.

6 Jul 2015 | 6:17 AM
Syncline

This cannot end well- the anger her other half is expressing is going to end up doing some damage in the real world sooner or later.

6 Jul 2015 | 6:18 AM
Spiderling

The little gap is still killing me.

6 Jul 2015 | 6:18 AM
Warlock

The phrase "impotent rage" comes to mind.

6 Jul 2015 | 6:18 AM
Antimony

Please, control yourself. This is my decision, my LIFE.

6 Jul 2015 | 6:22 AM
Snowbody

It's utterly powerless. And its face is reminding me more and more of Zimmy.

6 Jul 2015 | 6:23 AM
N0tAB0t

Looks like those therapy sessions for Flame!Annie's pyromania have been paying off!

6 Jul 2015 | 6:32 AM
Aurealic

And so Annie can wait, she knows it's too late as we're walking on by Her soul slides away, but don't look back in anger I heard you say.

6 Jul 2015 | 6:38 AM
SVT

What kinda sick prison is he trapping her in

6 Jul 2015 | 6:42 AM
Mrs. On-a-phone

I guess fire elementals don't like studying.

6 Jul 2015 | 6:44 AM
Joe

Yer' -immaterial-, silly.

6 Jul 2015 | 6:44 AM
phaelon

"Take this, my love my anger, and all of my sorrow!!"

6 Jul 2015 | 6:45 AM
ENDG4MER

It's the will o' the wisp!

6 Jul 2015 | 6:49 AM
Arse Bandit

Good thing Annie's fire can't affect anything in the normal world, I don't think she'd like coming home to a charred desk.

6 Jul 2015 | 6:54 AM
Spy Panda

The fire demon is mad at Annie! But it isn't hurting anything! Hmmmmmmmmm. OH OH!!! Maybe it's mad at Anthony and this how it expresses it! But common Tom! Such a cliffhanger. You should probably update the cast soon. Thank you! P.S. Why is Fire Demon mad at Annie or Anthony??? P.P.S. I am not a Boxbot...

6 Jul 2015 | 6:59 AM
Brown

Hmm. That explains why no one else has seen her. Where's Annie's blinker stone these days?

6 Jul 2015 | 6:59 AM
The Sofa

Is it just me, or does it look like she has a flame halo?

6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 AM
martin

why is a fire elemental in the room of annie? want to study the human behaviour or something?

6 Jul 2015 | 7:04 AM
Len

Go on flame haired girl, get the frustration out of your system.

6 Jul 2015 | 7:16 AM
Anastasia's

This is how she really feels the fire is her emotions and the face and act she puts up because of her father isn't really who she is. The fire is her.

6 Jul 2015 | 7:20 AM
Impy

Die, desk, die!

6 Jul 2015 | 7:25 AM
EllipsisMark

You know I really love the art, it's truly is lovely, but if we could get to some actually story- yeah... that be great.

6 Jul 2015 | 7:26 AM
Random Reader

....So, is this symbolically depicting Annie lashing out against the restrictions her father has placed on her...? The fact that she's forced to separate herself into two parts to attend school? Does her father know she's separated like this? Or maybe he made her do it when he heard about her throwing fireballs on the boat a couple chapter back. (Nevermind the fact that her fireballs helped save the whole class from some rogue robots.)

6 Jul 2015 | 7:28 AM
Michael

I wonder what her problem is.

6 Jul 2015 | 7:32 AM
HystericBunny88

Set everything on FIRE! WOO!

6 Jul 2015 | 7:34 AM
Somerandom

The feeling's mutual, flame thingy

6 Jul 2015 | 7:42 AM
SomeCallMeTim

So that's where the anger went. Impotent rage now, but in the hands of its mistress...

6 Jul 2015 | 7:48 AM
NotBoxBot

I see that Marvel reference!!!

6 Jul 2015 | 7:55 AM
Cywydd

Wow. This is hell.

6 Jul 2015 | 8:07 AM
wolflady

All Annie's rage...

6 Jul 2015 | 8:07 AM
piq

Well this helps explain the special room, at least.

6 Jul 2015 | 8:10 AM
Jne

*singing* If your body matches what your eyes can do, You’ll probably move right through me on my way to you.

6 Jul 2015 | 8:12 AM
Abigail

So she can not touch anything...

6 Jul 2015 | 8:18 AM
Jamace

Did ants dad cut her connection to her elemental (emotions) and is trying to keep it locked away? When they come together again .... scary

6 Jul 2015 | 8:21 AM
Avid Reader

My-oh-my, what for a lovely little room! Annies dad surely know about interiour design. No, really, it takes much effort to get this much depression out of such little inventory.

6 Jul 2015 | 8:26 AM
Cyclopian

The fact that its attempting a book-burning makes me think that the fire spirit isn't benevolent.

6 Jul 2015 | 8:28 AM
Corrupt User

Someone is clearly pissed off. But, etheric and all. It's becoming more and more clear that in Divine, Anthony was trying to kill/cripple Annie's etheric side, leaving her the empty shell we saw these past few chapters.

6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 AM
DAD

I AM AS YET UNSURE OF MY PROUD LEVELS ON THIS GUY.

6 Jul 2015 | 8:35 AM
Ritch

This is Annie's suppressed true nature, lashing out at the Boring (tm) that her dad surrounded her with.

6 Jul 2015 | 8:37 AM

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Chapter 1: The Shadow and the Robot

Chapter 2: Schoolyard Myths

Chapter 3: Reynardine

Chapter 4: Not Very Scary

Chapter 5: Two Strange Girls

Chapter 6: A Handful of Dirt

Chapter 7: Of New And Old

Chapter 8: Broken Glass And Other Things

Chapter 9: Questions and Answers

Chapter 10: Doctor Disaster

Chapter 11: Dobranoc, Gamma

Chapter 12: Mainly Involves Robots

Chapter 13: A Week for Kat

Chapter 14: The Fangs of Summertime

Chapter 15: Red Returns

Chapter 16: A Ghost Story

Chapter 17: The Medium Beginning

Chapter 18: S1

Chapter 19: Power Station

Chapter 20: Coyote Stories

Chapter 21: Blinking

Chapter 22: Ties

Chapter 23: Terror Castle of the Jupiter Moon Martians

Chapter 24: Residential.

Chapter 25: Sky Watcher and the Angel

Chapter 26: the Old Dog's Tricks

Chapter 27: Spring Heeled

Chapter 28: Spring Heeled, Part 2

Chapter 29: A Bad Start

Chapter 30: The Coward Heart

Chapter 31: Fire Spike

Chapter 32: From the Forest She Came

Chapter 33: Give and Take

Chapter 34: Faraway Morning

Chapter 35: Parley and Smitty Are In This One

Chapter 36: Red Gets a Name

Chapter 37: Microsat 5

Chapter 38: Divine

Chapter 39: The Great Secret

Chapter 40: The Stone

Chapter 41: Changes

Chapter 42: Catalyst

Chapter 43: Quicksilver

Chapter 44: Crash Course

Chapter 45: Thread

Chapter 46: The Realm Of The Dead

Chapter 47: See Ya!

Chapter 48: Tall Tales

Chapter 49: The Torn Sea

Chapter 50: Totem

Chapter 51: The Tree

Chapter 52: Sneak

Chapter 53: Annie And The Fire