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Yeah, may want to lay off the orange soda, Marion.
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Roll with it, Marion.
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Now I wanna know who's the 'Nudist' on the other line... :3c

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We not only displaced stuff, we even traveled back into the early 90s.
(Technically the song is from the end of 80s, but until you could hear it as a queue song, took time...)
I love his/her reaction "yeah, the last soda has gone bad"...
MrBlueSky7 wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:05 am
Now I wanna know who's the 'Nudist' on the other line... :3c
They call Marion the nudist, because usually squirells are naked. And they are being racist...

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Jakkal wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:05 am
MrBlueSky7 wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:05 am
Now I wanna know who's the 'Nudist' on the other line... :3c
They call Marion the nudist, because usually squirells are naked. And they are being racist...
Yeah, it took me a couple of times reading the panel, but now I realize it was them calling him that, not the other way around... 🤦‍♂️

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It’s hard, when you’re the size of a pop can,
to make your small voice heard above the crowd.
But, when heaven plays tricks on your behalf,
you’ll find all the weird things are now allowed.
The answer to it all is now a ‘yes’,
as someone brings displaced joy unrefined
but, when it fades back in the later days,
it’s cash the colleges will need to find.
Yeah, pour away that soda, Marion,
you don’t need it’s ‘power’ any more.
With ‘them’ on the Babylon battlefield,
Heaven and Hell; closer than ever before...
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Alright people, the real stuff is about to start. The question is, what is the real stuff?
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Gbr23 wrote:
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The question is, what is the real stuff?
Soda.
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They're going to leave him behind when they shift back, aren't they?
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MrBlueSky7 wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:14 am
Jakkal wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:05 am
MrBlueSky7 wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:05 am
Now I wanna know who's the 'Nudist' on the other line... :3c
They call Marion the nudist, because usually squirells are naked. And they are being racist...
Yeah, it took me a couple of times reading the panel, but now I realize it was them calling him that, not the other way around... 🤦‍♂️

I think they call him nudist cuz he was about to show he was female in the last video call by removing his shirt

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ChekeBello wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:23 am
MrBlueSky7 wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:14 am
Jakkal wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:05 am



They call Marion the nudist, because usually squirells are naked. And they are being racist...
Yeah, it took me a couple of times reading the panel, but now I realize it was them calling him that, not the other way around... 🤦‍♂️

I think they call him nudist cuz he was about to show he was female in the last video call by removing his shirt
Oh right, but wouldn't it then be called an exhibitionist? Nudists are just "always nude"

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Was it Marion that was displaced, or the admissions guy on the other side of the line? Not entirely certain.

Also, been a minute since we're had a Celestial act blamed on orange soda. Wasn't the last time way back when King first met Dragon? I'm probably forgetting one.

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I've never been entirely comfortable with the "orange soda" joke, to be honest.

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Anyone else curious to see what Bino's version of Heaven is?
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Ryusuta wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:13 am
I've never been entirely comfortable with the "orange soda" joke, to be honest.
Students get an acceptance call from college admissions and quit drinking ? Okay, this dream belongs to who?

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Welsh Halfwit wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:14 am
Heaven and Hell; closer than ever before...
That sounds romantic...
Jakkal wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:31 am
ChekeBello wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:23 am
[I think they call him nudist cuz he was about to show he was female in the last video call by removing his shirt
Oh right, but wouldn't it then be called an exhibitionist? Nudists are just "always nude"
Exasperated people are not the best at choosing words.
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Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:36 am
Was it Marion that was displaced, or the admissions guy on the other side of the line? Not entirely certain.
Marion and everyone 30 miles around Blue Big Bird's temple got displaced and the admission person is now being impersonated by one of the heavenly folk, so as to not rise suspicion.
I think it's working. : )
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Anyone else curious to see what Bino's version of Heaven is?
A world were everyone admires and worships him, just like everyone else. :roll:
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Heh yeah I would probably do the same thing, Marion, if people started acting THAT nice :lol: But, with today's strip, I see this arc going one of four ways after the 'few weeks of paradise' that Bahumat mention:

A) Marion is able to stay in college
B) Marion gets kicked out
C) Marion is allowed to stay to finish his work, but he must be their mascot
D) Time reverses back to the EXACT second where Marion is on the phone/watch with the College, with no one having any knowledge as to what just transpired, which would then be followed by a new arrival in the ECP House: A Mortal Kitsune.
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I'm wondering what the rules are for the displacement zone.

- Is it like a little exclave of Heaven and will run by similar rules? Which would of course lead to,

Bailey: Honey..ummm.. did you just get taller?
King: I'm going to go take a nap...

- is it it's own pocket dimension that runs by its own set of rules?
- Or is everyone just placed in their own isolated dream sequence zone that mimics reality?
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If someone is in heaven, does it really is just fake/illusion? I mean... they actually experience that stuff. I wondered many times if I wanted to go to illusionary world, when my dreams come true and I would definitely want that, even if that was fake. Because that wouldn't be fake at all. Maybe people weren't alive, but it was something real anyway. What does "real" even mean. How does one describes reality. Does it have to be 100% physical and 100% alive? For me, it doesn't.

The worse thing to happen is, as Kitsune already said, is going back from heaven-created world into the alive world. The disappointment may cause... even depression actually. And some desperate may want to... uhh... You know what I mean.

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Macsen wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:18 am
Ale Donkey wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:39 am
Now I have Belinda Carlisle in my head. Thanks, Rick!
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We'll know it's for "unreal" if Marion also gets a full scholarship.

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Eudoant or Great Kitsune did that, nobody else, that's sure. :P At least, now Marion got a place at the college, but the circumstances are too weird, indeed... :roll: Eheh, you think it happened because you were drinking too much soda, Marion. :D Little nudist fits to you. ;) Cool song for the waiting, and it suggests that's Great Kitsune who did that, maybe. 8-)
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It seems like Bahamut ended up winning out in his argument with Kitsune and they went with his idea. Because I'm pretty sure Marion's definition of unending bliss in paradise is getting into a college after being rejected umpteen times.

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NHWestoN wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:34 pm
We'll know it's for "unreal" if Marion also gets a full scholarship.
Not really. Keene promised him that way back when he decided to make a "thing" of his transformation and reveal that he'd get a full scholorship. It just remains to be seen if any college is going to accept the squirrel.

I'm not 100% sure what's going on, but my thinking is that the area is now part of a pocket dimention, cut off from the rest of the world, with Heavens rules. I suspect they are not IN Heaven, but a duplicate.

I had a thought for a possible side story that might possibly be taking place right at the same time.

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There is a knock at the door before he can put the pieces together. He goes over and opens it only to be bowled over by a blur of pink and green.

Fox: Wha... Spring! Summer! What...? Did I die?
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I would think Fox would like more than two weeks with them. LOL

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Poor dear Fox, I think, would like a break from everything.

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NHWestoN wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:05 pm
Poor dear Fox, I think, would like a break from everything.
I don't think that he's that far gone, but he definitly seems to need someone(s) to care for and to care for him on a deeper level than freinds.

I'm actually a little hopeful that one or both our sherbert-colored huskies will op to go the Breele route and stay corporeal this time around. I realize Fox is a fictional character, but I still want him to be happy, dang it! 8-)
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dr_eirik wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:26 pm
NHWestoN wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:05 pm
Poor dear Fox, I think, would like a break from everything.
I don't think that he's that far gone, but he definitly seems to need someone(s) to care for and to care for him on a deeper level than freinds.

I'm actually a little hopeful that one or both our sherbert-colored huskies will op to go the Breele route and stay corporeal this time around. I realize Fox is a fictional character, but I still want him to be happy, dang it! 8-)
Ditto, dr. I'm afraid, though, I never warmed to the monochromatic heavenly huskies. They always struck me as "beautiful and bland" (to be kind). I much would have preferred to pair Fox with a more mortal and developed character like Sasha or Daisy or, heck, even summon Colleen back from cartoon limbo. (We could use a couple more female pets in the neighborhood.) But, I too, would like Fox to find a home for his lonely heart. ;)

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Macsen wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:18 am
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I remember hearing the song for the first time at a restaurant over here and I really liked it.

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Amazee Dayzee wrote:
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I remember hearing the song for the first time at a restaurant over here and I really liked it.
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Really Marion, what did you think would be the effects of drinking your own weight in soda?

And how is he lifting the can with one hand?

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Apparently squirrels have a lot of strength despite the fact that they are tiny and can carry a lot more stuff than we realize.

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True, but Marion is somehow hefting a smooth aluminium can with one tiny paw. Of course, even if he doesn't realize it yet, he's in Heaven, or someplace Heaven adjacent.

Which brings to mind a different thought. If this turns out to be Heaven, even for a couple weeks, does that mean Marion and Lois can return to human? Joel became (a larger) King again. This could create all kinds of wierdness going forward.

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There is a knock on Sashas door. She opens it to find an unfamiliar dog, a mutt. He looks contrite and is holding his hands behind his back.

Sasha: Hi! How can I help you?
Hartford: Sasha, it's me. Its... dad? I'm not sure what to call myself.
Sasha: <Putting things together> Daddy? Daddy Hartford? What happened?
Hartford: <Nodding slowly> I was at work this morning, it was a slow day and I was lamenting how things went with you. I've begun to realize what a poor owner I was. Then... <He motions with his paws>
Sasha: <Becons him in and lets him sit> I'm not sure I understand what you want.
Hartford: I think... I think this is my pennance. I think I'm meant to be more of a father to you than I could have been before.

Not sure if I want to take this further, but the idea came to mind. I've pondered a story arc where Hartford gets comuppance for his behavior, but the idea of a chance at some level of redemption appeals.
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dr_eirik wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:38 pm
True, but Marion is somehow hefting a smooth aluminium can with one tiny paw. Of course, even if he doesn't realize it yet, he's in Heaven, or someplace Heaven adjacent.

Which brings to mind a different thought. If this turns out to be Heaven, even for a couple weeks, does that mean Marion and Lois can return to human? Joel became (a larger) King again. This could create all kinds of wierdness going forward.

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I don't think him lifting something that large is because of altered reality, even one handed. He had no problem lifting the Blue Bull can and the Coconut for instance.

It could get really really weird since Cerb said "you are as you will it". King switching between human and dog and and cats with wings are probably pretty vanilla by Heaven standards. I wouldn't be surprised if several characters have ideal forms that aren't their species much like Henry Milton. For instance, maybe Joey would appear as a cat, or given Lois's fascination with Kitsunes, maybe she would appear as a female Kitsune or some other mythological creature? Although it's possible Heaven might have a rule that certain forms are off-limits to mortals.
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