Holee Sphinxinator Batman! If this isn’t another dream sequence, the cat’s out of the (ripped to shreds) bag now!!
Come to think about it, this could also be a simulation of some sort caused by Phix, or some friend of hers who can create controlled halucinations.
Nudge needs practice in transforming, too. She’s not done weirding Shelly out, methinks.
Ah! good point. Justin could be Nudge in disguise as part of a training exercize. Still, if Shelly follows through, it’s gonna be painful for her, even if not fatal. I’m not sure how an immortal puts herself back together from scattered parts though.
For that matter, could be Phix morphed into Justin. She will be able to counter Shelinx with lightning moves of her own so no harm is done to anyone.
Gotta wonder how long Nudge would last if Shelly found out that she had smacked her ass while disguised as her boyfriend.
I could be wrong, but I don’t thing Nudge has to worry about being killed by sphinxes. She is after all a demigod and a trickster to boot.
Nudge may not have to worry about being killed, but it would hurt like hell.
Can’t wait for tomorrow. This is the type of thing I would expect on a friday cliff hanger.
This is true. So tomorrow, we get:
A) Something even more surprising.
B) Someone poiting in or morphing
C) A mostly blank frame with stuff spewing in from the left.
D) A filler pinup.
I’m doubling down on my bet for switching scenes to Selenium.
Which could be A) C) or D).
Oopsie and a half.
Time to see the reaction. Wapsi guys seem to have a remarkable acceptance of the supernatural so far, will the trend continue?
…..Well, then. Looks like someone else is about to get clued in (if this wasn’t his clue…)
OK, now the Cat is out of the bag. Probably better this way than in bed, but still. *Cleanup on Aisle Four!* O_o
Well, she’s out a bag at any rate.
Never mind Aisle 4, cleanup in his pants
Well, yeah… but I was thinking a much more explosive reaction. 9_9
More like Aisle of the Damned.
Or it’s time foe the old prayer “Yeah – tho I walk thru the Valley of the Shadow of Death..
I shall fear no evil….Shelly, sic ’em!
Oh boy. After that reaction, Shelly’s going to have sandy claws.
Ok, ok. *plink* *plink* *plink* *plink* *plink*
… and when Shelly asks Phix “Where did Justin go?”‘ Phix replies “He’s outside in the rain, dear.”
I reject your pun-jar payment and substitute my own!
(I’ve been waiting months to use that one…)
Oops… sorry to steal your thunder 🙂
more like “reconstruction team to aisle four, five, six…”
Sounds like Justin is about to have claws for concern.
[Shakes pun jar.]
Hopefully she buys punching bags in bulk.
And always listens to random intuition.
Ummm – what happened to the bag’s filling?
I think that bright flash is the filling being vaporized due to the friction caused by the speed of her hands hitting the stuffing. The rest will become fallout as it catches up with reality once again.
Well, plasma soul!
/clinkclinkclink/ – I owed a couple from yesterday…
Um… it’s just a cloud of dust from the obliterated bag. Shelly isn’t indestructible like the golem girls.
There are several fillings for heavy bags including sand, water and powdered fibers. This could be a dust cloud of the powdered type of fiber we see.
Can’t resist – Fairportfan said “Oopsie” and Opus the Poet said “Whoopsie” .. so this call is for “Poopsie” . Heads for he Jar – waving his wallet , checkbook and pulling the Diamond stud from his ear .
Sort of Whoopsie Square.
Cyrus! Everyone else is making their donations to the jar. You must as well! *points to the overflowing behomoth of pun-money* I’d shake it, but I don’t think I could lift it at this point. 😛
Meh…can’t spell behemoth this early in the morning apparently. 🙁
I’m sorry, but in this day of text messages: and the like, a simple misspelling no longer even registers on the web to me. Any how TNX CUL8R ADBB ! 😉
There. I put my 2 cents. Now another for that additional pun. Ain’t this just PHUNNY? -clink Clank CLUNK-
Isn’t that what the armored car out back is for? Who’s been slacking off on dumping the jar?
Umm, Shelly? About that balance thing? You’re doing it wrong.
*giggles* So true!
I agree. Besides, “balance” and focusing on “staying strong” rarely are too compatible. The point of balance is not to focus too much on any one strength.
That is until one needs to tip in a particular direction, and then recovery to balance takes precedent.
Is it real, or is it Memorex? (for which read “simulation” or “catastrophizing again” or “it was just a dream and I’m about to wake up in the shower in Dallas or …” or etc.)
If it’s real… yeah, the kittysphinx is out of the bag for sure… the punching bag and the proverbial bag all at once.
Possibly Justin did have a bit to learn about respectful boundaries… but this is looking as if it might be a rather more abrupt lesson than is strictly called for 🙁
It’s still possible for her to catch herself. We’ve already learned she can move like lightning and has great reflexes. Maybe she’ll just be able to explain it away as “I had a rough night last night, and I’m still recovering for the anger”. The claws, fangs, and face marks may fade quickly…we just don’t know yet.
And you’re right…this could be another “in Shelly’s head” scenario that CG will smack her out of.
Oh, dear. If Justin was looking for a Cat @$$ Trophy, I’m thinking he got more than he bargained for.
“Library, freeze program.”
“Wait! I’m not contagious!!”
Yamara, have I ever told you how much I love you.
That was good. Your comments are always interesting even if and when I disagree with them.
I hope this is some sort of planned lesson. Shelly needs Justin, I think. If it is not planned, then this situation really “sphinx”.
It would be great if this actually were happening so we would finally get to the Justin revelation part of the story. Or, perhaps the -Justin is a sphinx/Taurus/mythical-creature-du-jour as well – part. Alas, I doubt it’s real.
In this melee round Shelly attempts obfuscation spell rolls a d20 and fails to make the throw. Justin notices the destroyed bag and claws on Shelly’s hand. Justin must now make a saving throw against terror…
…and a saving throw against stained sweatpants.
The SAND is out of the bag, and a few other things. Pepsodent may not take care of the yellow, and that drop of lotion in the Dove soap isn’t gonna smooth THOSE hands. Finally, Justin may want to buy a crate of Midol, assuming that Midol can do anything for a Sphinx’s PMS.
Or he could just take them himself…
And all that work taping up her wrists, gone to naught in a split second…
Wow….I didn’t even catch that until you said something…
Looks like the cats out of the bag….and the heavy bag is out of stuffing.
Well he has seen her strength before, so it may not be that much of a surprise as she has feared.
the strength is not likely to be a surprised.
the speed may be explainable.
the claws may be missed (and thus not need explained)
the fangs may be thought just imagination (Shelly, let it rest)
the facial alteration may also be considered imagination.
the bodily alterations and personal dismemberment…
that might need a little explanation.
I was thinking more along the lines of he is not as in the dark as we think he is for as yet unrevealed reasons.
Scary Shelly is scary…..and sexy cool.. ( 0_o I’m sick… *shuffles towards psych-ward*)
Well, it was a good idea why it lasted.
Shelly: *wildcat noise*
Yeah, that’s what I hear.
Shelly’s problem seems to be that a sphinx’s fight/flight reflex is weighted towards fight, which makes some sense in an apex predator, I suppose. Experience tempers that reflex, but she hasn’t had time to accumulate much yet.
If her actions at the bar (and the fact that she did no real harm to the idiots) may show that her intellect is still active enough to prevent a deadly scenario.
Honey, you are making admirable progress with strength in your martial arts studies, but it might be wise to practice meditation and control more.
She needs training from HULK because he can transform when he wants to and needs to. (im talking about the most recent movie)
I think we need someone to intervene to save Justin, and I suspect from the previous strip it is going to be Bud. This could offer the opportunity to clarify the situation between Shelly, Justin, and Bud.
Might be an interesting conversation if Justin tries to move from the freaky Shelly for the ‘normal’ Bud.
Bud: Great. She gets thrown in a time loop for 64,000 years in isolation, and before she can get her head back together you decide to dump her for her for an omnicidal android. That’s real smart.
If that doesn’t clue him in to how deep he is into the strange, he’s hopeless.
DAMN HYNA! Somebody needs to switch to decafe!
Heheheh. Spanks? No thankx.
1.) Long time no see!
2.) -shakes pun jar- Rules still apply!
What a cat-astrophic reaction. However, Justin is a cop, and will therefor have seen some weird stuff while doing his job. If this is actually Justin, maybe he won’t be as freaked out as a normal layman.
There’s “seen weird stuff as a cop” and then there’s the “supernatural beings walk among us” rabbit hole. I bet they’re two radically different things to him.
Rather depends if he’s a regular human or not.
I mean, if you’re a supernatural being, and would like to keep your end of the world from mortal eyes, then one of the best positions to pull it off would be a cop.
*Hides demonic summoning markings*
“Looks like someone got a little too enthusiastic with mood lighting, Sir.. I suspect they were betting on a hot night, but it guess that kinda backfired on them.”
“Naaah.. Old Mrs Jones was just drunk again, babbling something about werewolves. She’s probably one of those Twilight fans or something, and after nipping a little too much Long Island Tea, she starts seeing things.”
You get the idea. 😉 😛
You have perhaps read Tanya Huff? ( Link )
Just know it’s a common trope.
Whether it be Nick Knight, or say what the Weres do over at Peter is the Wolf. Heck, it’s also one of the reasons why the various factions in the WoD had “associates” in the various PDs.
Whether it be Ghouls, members of the Technocracy or Council, a Judge/Guardian Hunter or even Garou kinfolk in more rural areas (the local deputy or Sheriff).
Plus, it’s just common sense as well, cops tend to be the first on the Scene, and that would make it easier to tamper with evidence if the Supernatural is involved.
Heh. In the one I linked, the (SPOILER)
the cops get taken over and brainwashed by the mummy, then go around explaining away the mummy to everyone but the vampire’s ex-cop girlfriend.
hey, this is the gal who detonates her grail on a regular basis.
‘normal’ doesn’t hang around her.
‘normal’ freaks out, runs for the hills screaming, and hides in the woods crying piteously.
well Justin did say that he tends to attract the crazy women, he did not say what kind of crazy though.
Ooh, someone spank me!
Looks like that’s all it took to take the litter of kittens out of that old sandbag. More boyfriends suffer the backhand of a surprise spank than any other fatality.
well, Justin isn’t an ordinary boyfriend… anymore.
You know, while the shipper in me wants this to be a real scene that ends with Justin accepting Shelly just like Alan and Kevin accepted Jin and Monica, I also halfway want this to go very badly (at least at first). It just seems like it would be too perfect if he’s okay with this up front. After all, he didn’t like that he always found himself attracted to women with baggage (iirc).
I agree. The odds of EVERY girl in this comic finding a guy that just up and accepts their “weirdness” is slim. I want him to stick around, but I want him to freak out a little bit too.
That’s assuming the pairings are random. Who knows what guiding hand(s) may be at work here. Plus, Shelly sought Justin out. Perhaps sphinxy intuition led her to choose someone who had a good chance of being accepting. Either that or she was just horny and hot for his bod. As Tina pointed out, sphinxes like to play around and get tired of a given one eventually.
“Who knows what guiding hand(s) may be at work here”
I believe the left one is labeled “Paul” and the right one* is labeled “Taylor”.
*The one with the extra finger.
Uh huh … pity you can’t see which finger I’m holding up.
Well, have to give Officer TB some credit. Despite the shock of seeing his girlfriend turn into some form of feral beast, he’s holding his ground rather nicely. Not even the slightest hint of a backpeddle or jump (despite the hands and face clearly conveying his shock).
Well, if she’s moving as fast as she did in the bar, it’s a wonder he’s reacting at all. He would not have been able to see anything except perhaps a blur. I’m surprised he’s reacting even that much at this point, as it’s likely only been a fraction of a second.
This shows why they’re an apex predator. Not only strength, but unbelievable speed. She’s not even in full sphinx mode yet. Phix must be powerful indeed, when she needs to be.
And yet, when you consider they developed in a world where Gorgons, demons (not under the restrictions of “Da Rules”) and potentially godlike-beings (as Euryale mentioned in passing) were the norm, superhuman speed and strength seem rather tame in comparison.
I’m sure you’re right. Of course, when we say apex predator, we mean apex predator of the animal kingdom, not the apex of all beings. At least that’s how I understand it.
Always another apex above that one. Even if it’s something abstract, like aging or confidence.
HOLY SHIZ!! D8
Heh, someone already said it, but I’m impressed he hasn’t lurched back in terror (or at least shock). I know I would have.
I had a similar thing happen once when a friend of mine came up behind me and simultaneously yelled and grabbed me. Scared me to death and on reflex I spun around and smacked her. She was alight, but I hope Shelly just snarls and doesn’t touch Justin. Unlike me she’s got super strength and a slight tap could break something.
dont maker angry…. you wouldnt like her when she’s angry
It’s not easy being green…
+1 internets for you for bringing up that stip. Hadn’t M learned he lesson about doing bra-less stunts like that? (another +1 internets for whoever finds the strip)
The pirouette? 🙂 It’s only a problem for M because of the mass that starts moving without bra-control in the spin. Shelly doesn’t have that problem.
I was thinking of where she ran so fast she left knee imprints in her chest.
I’m reminded that one if the more stupid things you can do is to throw a faked punch or other mock attack at a trained martial artist. Especially a half-trained martial artist e.g. one not yet at the black belt level. Their block/defend/counter-attack reflexes have been programmed and enhanced, but they may not yet have sufficient experience or subtlety to be at all selective about doing so. Any attack, real or fake or affectionate swat, can be met with a serious and damaging reflexive response.
Ok I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that didn’t go to well.
[drops several bits in the jar.]
Are we on the second Pun jar for today yet???
The Pun Jar is like L-space: don’t go looking for the bottom. I think I once donated the building next door to Mucho Mocha to the pun jar, and it still rattles easily…
Danzier- See any good D & D manual under bags of holding, munchkin or ‘Monty Hall’ listings. Damnthings got no bottom, but everything is in easy reach.;-P
In thinking this over, I sincerely doubt that a shape changed anyone would do anything other than smirk at prompting this reaction from Shelly. That being the case, as much as I want this to not be real, it probably is. Now, in addition to sand, we’ll have some emotional scarring all over the place.
Who woulda thought that Shelly’s choice of workout clothes would get her in trouble one day.
As an older martial artist, Shelley, although not as …gifted, may I offer some advice? You probably don’t need to use those hand wraps anymore.
I don’t think she can use those particular wraps again, except possibly as rags to soak up spilled coffee…
If Justin has ANY martial arts training, I’d expect him to have at least started to drop into a crouch rather than still being totally flat-footed. There’s been enough delay for him to get that one hand up in front of his face, so Shellinx isn’t fast enough to have totally gotten inside his response loop.
There’s a difference between reactive to a potential human opponent and suddenly having your girlfriend split second about face with fangs and 2-3 inch long claws looking at you angrily and likely making wildcat/lion/cougar sounds.
Don’t think they cover that in the Police Academy or Karate class.
Memo to Justin
Remember not to spank Shelly
Or rather: don’t spank Shelly unless she is expecting it.
You know what they say, “spanks for the memories.”
*kicks pun jar just to stir it up more*
Pun Jar, startled, reacts by whirling, growing fangs and claws, and chomping on SoWhyMe’s foot.
Breaks fangs on steel-toed boots.
Memo to Justin: spank Shelly more often!
“We don’t want to tease it out…”
Someone else can do the teasing for us.
that, that right there?.. not balanced.
balanced, as in ‘see-saw’?
I’d say the balance is now laying quietly on the ground and hoping nobody has noticed it.
‘clink, clink, clink’
If we ever needed proof of some kind of simultaneity with hammerspace we have it here.
The recoil of that strike (similar to a mid-19th Century field artillery piece judging from the impact) should have sent the “little Comanche” flying backwards across the room. To me this says she has both the traction and the mass of a multi-ton sphinx to compensate.
Also, her attack on the punching bag was deliberate in the presence of her Significant Other.
My best guess is that this is a simulation in the Library; probably designed to train her keep her cool in odd situations.
.. Yeah, I can’t fault him. I would have done the same thing. <3
That’s a VERY unnatural stance for someone who’s just been startled by a cat-posessed-sphinx-girl
I’d say this is seriously claws for alarm. There’s no talon how Justin will react.
that’s two for the pun jar.
Fine. Let’s see what I have… -tosses some sunglasses, some painkillers, and a ping pong ball into the pun jar-
And here, I thought it was the GUYS that ripped a big one in front of us girls…
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