Chapter 5.40-- Unexpected Apology

posted 10th Mar 2017, 1:19 PM

Chapter 5.40-- Unexpected Apology
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view HeSerpenty's profile

10th Mar 2017, 1:19 PM


Well said, Merek. Always Mr. Professional <3

What should he say next?
A). "Take your apology and shove it up your a---*S
B). "It's okay, thank you for apologizing"
C). Nothing XD.

Thanks for reading everyone :)

10th Mar 2017, 1:49 PM


Ah. So, Kalverick is regretting the enhanced interrogations. His leak could've gone unnoticed.

This should be interesting.

view HeSerpenty's profile

11th Mar 2017, 1:22 PM


Haha gotta hate it when you are trying to get brownie points and it ends up getting you in trouble! LOL

view Centcomm's profile

10th Mar 2017, 2:01 PM


Oh the look on his face!!!

He should make a LIST!

reperations for everyone hurt. Merek restored to full station as Kalverics BOSS! hell yeah!!

view HeSerpenty's profile

11th Mar 2017, 1:23 PM


LOL I know, right? This is a bit of a comeuppance for Kal coming, me thinks! Not quite as VIOLENT as some people (>__>) were hoping for for him LOL... but he's not a happy camper! :D

view SunnySideUpSmile's profile

10th Mar 2017, 2:28 PM


Someone's surprised. No, Merek, what happened to the purty little pink bows? (I actually didn't notice it was gone...) >_<

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 10:34 AM


LOL! Those little bows passed away ages ago! :P hahhaha

Buut I"m sure they'll come back to life at SOME point-- they just looked too good on him :P

view SunnySideUpSmile's profile

12th Mar 2017, 1:01 PM


Haha yes, they did. That little girl should add rainbow ones, so that his grumpy expression will be less threatening. :P

view HeSerpenty's profile

13th Mar 2017, 1:08 PM


hahaha! Alas! That would go against what Merek is going for! XDDDDD (but it WOULD be adorable :3)

view sketchdoll's profile

10th Mar 2017, 2:32 PM


Can pantomime be option D?

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 10:35 AM


*quietly googles what pantomime is, hoping no one will notice I don't already know what it is* >__>

LOL!! That would be hilarious! I vote yes XDD

view MST3KFan's profile

10th Mar 2017, 3:13 PM


Here Merek was all ready to jump down the counsel's throat and suddenly they hit him with this!?

Hmm...How will he react to this?

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 10:36 AM


Haha that's exactly right! I don't think they've EVER apologized to him... or anyone.. ever before!

Big moment, big moment X"DD

view Carvone's profile

10th Mar 2017, 5:38 PM


So the council DID blame the person actually responsible. Well at least if they're unremittingly awful,then they're indiscriminately so. Not much of a compliment.

I think this is the second time they've "offered" a deal. Very fond of the illusion of choice, aren't they? It's very​ weird to hear Demand apologize, even if it's dubiously sincere. Then again he doesn't have Karl's stiff neck, and does play the long game, so it does make sense.

Kalverik hissing is sticking with me for some reason. Except for Hizruk, who is nice but weird (at least on this point), he's been seen in serpent form the most of everyone. If he does excecutions frequently, then I wonder if the hissing is a holdover from that. Feral behavior. (Of course this depends on whether it's actually possible to use execution by venom on other serpents).

Or maybe he just has a deep desire​ to become a teapot! He does the steam from the ears thing often enough.

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 10:42 AM


I LOVE that you pointed out the hissy Kal thing hehe (LOL and the teapot omg XDD). But it's true! Aside from sneaky-serpent and the trackers, he is the ONLY one we have seen transform fully into his serpent form. He is definitely more in tune with his serpenty senses than most modern-day serpents... and that definitely adds to his 'danger' factor! When he mentioned last chapter that "I don't need a tracker"..... that would be why :3

And yes..the Council IS being suspiciously agreeable right now! XDD

view DLKmusic's profile

10th Mar 2017, 6:09 PM


A twist I wasn't expecting! but it's definitely a good turn at this point. I'm sure there's a catch, but now's a good time to take advantage of it, Merek!

My Job here is done, El Key-Bong AWAAAAAAYYY!!!!!

(I'll be lurking around the corner just in case though)

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 10:45 AM


You saved the day again, El Key-Bong! What would we ever do without you?? LOL XDD

Haha yes! Not ever day we get a surprise twist in the good guy's corner! I think if Merek can close his mouth and compose himself from this shock (lolol).. he might very well take advantage of the opportunity! Hehe

view Seabiscuit's profile

10th Mar 2017, 7:51 PM


Oh, well, that...


Better than expected? And totally unexpected! But, I gotta say, I feel suspicious...

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 10:46 AM



It is wise to ALways be suspicious of the Council XDDD
Definitely better than expected! For Merek anyway.. not so much for Kal XDD

view JammyTheBirb's profile

10th Mar 2017, 8:06 PM


Oh! That's kinda good! but also kinda ominous. I'm kinda worried XD

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 10:46 AM


Hahahaha ALWAYS be worried, Jammz X"DD

view Xylas_Incarnum's profile

11th Mar 2017, 12:36 AM


wait, what now?

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 10:46 AM


You and Merek are thinking the same thing! XDD

view Proxy170's profile

11th Mar 2017, 1:10 AM


What an awesome turn of events for our good guys! :D And reasonable proof that the Council isn't ALL bad XD Is it bad though that I feel sorry for Kal a bit? D: I mean, he's totally lost in his ways but I feel like he's not a totally evil person...any chance of redemption for him I wonder? I wonder if he's still going to the human village too...

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 11:10 AM


Haha I know, right? We were all thinkin' Merek might be walkin' it to his doom! XDD
Turns out it's just Kalverick's :3 (probably)

LOL o man! I never thought I'd hear the words "feel sorry for" and "Kal" in the same sentence! Hahahaaha! It will be interesting to watch Kal from here on out... now that he's very much facing the idea of losing everything :3
His life might DEPEND on that human village! XDD

view azureXtwilight's profile

11th Mar 2017, 5:07 AM


Welp, it is time for him to replace Kalverick as big boss!

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 11:11 AM


Hahahha that would be SUPER NICE for everyone! 'Cept maybe the Council XDD. And Kalverick XDD

view Jarvi's profile

11th Mar 2017, 8:39 AM


Oh nooo, don't go back to umbra armor xD

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 11:12 AM


Hahaha you knew this day would come! XDD

11th Mar 2017, 12:48 PM


D. "I'm listening." No promises, no expectations, just see what happens. If they don't apologize for those bruises he can always tear the building down!

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 11:14 AM


Ohhh D is a good answer! Probably the wisest for Merek to take hahaha
I'm sure he wants to tear the building down anyways! XDD

view ProfEtheric's profile

11th Mar 2017, 7:19 PM


Ooooohhhhhh.... An offer!

...I NEED that next page...

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 11:15 AM


Hehe thank you Prof! Gonna get started on it ASAP so I can get it to you guys ON TIME for once! XDD

view Alicia's profile

12th Mar 2017, 7:50 AM


I can just imagine the next couple panels...

Merek: *Rubs his chin.* Weeeeell...
Next panel cuts to everyone getting ice cream. XD

I love the build up in this page! And Merek's face in that last panel-- VERY well drawn! <3

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 11:25 AM


LOL! That would be an adorable turn of events. SPOILER ALERT!

Haha aw thank you so much! That last face was especially important to me haha

view rufiangel's profile

12th Mar 2017, 5:43 PM


HAHAHAHAHA XD that ice cream LOL

view HeSerpenty's profile

13th Mar 2017, 1:09 PM


LOL I am happy that someone other than me thought that it was funny! XDDD

view rufiangel's profile

12th Mar 2017, 8:33 AM


Merek's face in that last panel is truly a picture XD he did NOT see that coming!

What offer could these jerks extend after all of this crap, really? >_> "You can throw all the tomatoes you want at Kal." ... Not a bad offer that, actually...

Merek should do a combination of all A, B and C - say it all with his eyes, give a bit of a nod of acknowledgement, but say not a word XD

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 11:42 AM


Hahaha he didn't! He doesn't have to make that fact SO obvious XD. C'mon Merek where's that poker face XDD

Haha o man...freedom to exact any sorta revenge he wants on Kal WOULD be a nice offer. Might win him over just a little bit X"DD

Ohhh that is a GOOD answer, Rufi! A very good one!

view Matt Knab's profile

12th Mar 2017, 10:56 AM

Matt Knab

Merek doesn't flinch when he plays chicken. XD

view HeSerpenty's profile

12th Mar 2017, 11:43 AM


LOL nope, not at all! XDDD

view Vivocateur's profile

12th Mar 2017, 12:29 PM


Well now! Probably the last thing he was expecting! XD
Kal's certainly taking this well (ha ha!).
Choose option C would be my advice...let them do all the talking (at least until he has more of an idea of what's going on here). The council is being just a little bit too pleasant...suspiciously so. He looks so utterly dumfounded in the last panel I had to lol.

view HeSerpenty's profile

13th Mar 2017, 1:10 PM


Hahaha you had the reaction to that last panel I was going for then! Yess <333. Yeeeaaaa he wasn't expecting to come out on top here LOL

Option C is indeed probably the best answer!

view junoro's profile

13th Mar 2017, 10:41 AM


Oh boy, this isn't the reaction I was expecting! From Kalverick OR the Council!
I choose option C, it allows THEM to talk more, while he plans his response!

view HeSerpenty's profile

14th Mar 2017, 8:14 PM


Another wise answer for C! <3333

Heheh indeed this even marks a huge change for some characters! Kalverick in particulars >___>

view TheD-Wrek's profile

14th Mar 2017, 9:53 PM


Aw, I was ready to see Merek rip those old bee's a new one. Oh, well.... some other time. X)

view HeSerpenty's profile

15th Mar 2017, 1:41 AM


Hahahaha that woulda been nice! But alas.. he has to be smart about this! Heheh :D

Buut indeed perhaps some other time! XDDD

16th Mar 2017, 9:41 PM


C. Probably. Hopefully; A is just stupid and we all know B ain't an option here. XD No, I'm going with the third option here - Merek's got a temper, but he's also smart, and here... it's befuddling, to say the least. Should cool him down enough to not say or do anything TOO stupid.

I shall theorize that, given Kalverick's reaction (first instance of shifting serpents acting more serpenty than perhaps the Council would like! Now we gotta get a happy noise on the list. :]) to this whole mess, particularly that involuntary angry hiss... he's in trouble. Severe trouble. And I think the Council is about to offer him a deal that Merek very likely CAN'T refuse - not without resulting in Very Bad Things.

The Council is not used to being disobeyed or refused, after all. They tend to react badly to it.

Spoiled brats. >.>

But on the other hand, if they do offer Merek a 'promotion' or anything of the kind... it could very well play into Keymen's plans. That's the thing about this story. Right now there's lots of folded up layers to it; we're just barely starting to scratch the surface. It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out.

On a NOT theory note (which we are all looking forward to, I'm sure XD), I can definitely see why this page gave you trouble. I can also say with absolute certainty that it is AMAZING. And it satisfies my craving for more Merek - he's all over this page and he's not even angry in every single panel, I'm so happy~ XD

The staredown between him and Kalverick in the first two panels, Kalverick deliberately avoiding him and hissing as he walks away - that entire sequence is excellently done. I'm positively thrilled there's no dialogue and I love how well you've conveyed everything through their expressions and postures. We've definitely got two clashing alpha males here and I doubt the situation will improve from here on out. The two Merek panels after the hissing panel are just... I love them. I do. That face he's making is three parts furious, four parts grumpy, and two parts 'I need coffee' for the top one, and the bottom one is just mad. That's it. But it's SO well done; seriously, those two panels and the final one are my favorites on this entire page. Possibly ever since the last page with Kilion, actually.

I love the last panel for the lighting (khsgdkhsd IT'S SO LOVELY, SERPY, IT'S GORGEOUS <3) and the expression on Merek's face couples with his posture. He's gone from understandable fury to CONFUSED fury; the poor guy looks quite befuddled there and again the lighting, just... ugh. It's perfect. It makes that panel. I love how he relaxes just so - his shoulders slump, his arms fall to his sides... It's like he's been shocked into not being angrily tense. It works. It's great.

I also actually really like the first panel with the Council members. And y'know, we can't see their eyes. I'm positive that's intentional, both on your side and on the character side of the Council themselves. Very sinister and threatening (even though that one guy is doing... what with his tongue? Do I even want to know?) and it's a nice little line-up there. The Council's aware that Merek's pissed at them, and now they get to try to salvage the situation.

Next page oughta be interesting for sure.


view HeSerpenty's profile

19th Mar 2017, 1:22 AM


C is the smartest answer (AND the right one! Well done hehe)

And yessss..... a proper assessment of Kalverick's situation as well lolol. He is NOT a happy guy right now...and indeed a worried one (underneath all that anger). He has every reason to be!

O gosh everything you said about that staredown between Kal and Merek in the first part of the page makes me sooo happy! No words were least I had hoped it would feel that way <3. ANd you nailed it all right on the head! Haha "two clashing alpha males" I LOVE THAT <333. Thank you so much for paying such close attention hehe..makes me feel like all this thought paid off! :D

THANK YOU so much for everything!

Hahahahaha The Council is clearly known for their completely terrible facial hair hahahahaha (totally intentional XDD). I was like.. "tongue? Hmmm what is she talkin about hmmm." I too died laughing haha.

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