Written by Donathin Frye Twitter
Illustration by Mharz Twitter
Colors by Snowdon Twitter
I’ll be honest; this might be the most disturbing scene of the series so far, depending on what gets under your skin. The psychology of bullying shares a lot in common with bigotry and tribalism: this idea that I am good and so are people like me — and you are bad because you are different. A lot of kids who go unchecked as bullies, whose behavior becomes normalized, grow up to be vicious adults who feel rewarded for acting out on their insecurities and hate. We’re seeing some of those adult characters in this scene.
So I’m including a warning here: this may be a tough scene if bullying is a trigger for you. You can use the Archives to skip ahead to the next scene. In the meantime, we’ll be getting to the core of who Piotr is in this chapter, and that means facing the ugly moments too.
P.S. Oh yeah, it’s my birthday or somethin’. As I breach my mid-30s, I’m proud to say that I’m no more grown up now than I was in my mid-20s. Maybe a bit kinder and more thoughtful, and with few new aches when I wake up in the morning. Anyways, if you’d like to do something nice for me, consider supporting me on Patreon. I love sharing my stories with everyone, but I especially like it when I can pay my amazing collaborators to help me make them even better.