I knew it was coming but it didn’t help.
UUUGH I HAVE STOMACH PAINS. MY BABIES NOOOOO.
I’M SO DISTRESSED
Regarding the alt text, I know how Lee feels right about now. What. A. Dickish. Move. Frank! You are making it very hard for me to feel bad about your plight right about now. If I felt that you were doing this for Lee’s sake, to not drag him into the misery you are consigning yourself to, I would halfway understand, but I didn’t get that from the argument you just had. It seems to me you are lashing out at Lee for being able to live the life you want, and that is just not cool. I hope that in your time apart you can realize the error of your ways, and at the very least come correct and apologize for your meanness, even if you don’t reconcile (which I hope you do, as I would be angry and bereft if you didn’t). *hops off soap box to go cry in a corner*
I think Frank’s also doing this to protect HIMSELF. Because he’s trying to hold his family together, and it’s HARD and he’s pulled in so many directions and having to be an adult, and his boyfriend’s solution is… to run off and live happily ever after someplace else. What about the farm? What about his family? Indulging in those kinds of fantasies is HARD and painful. And Lee means well, and he’s been helpful so far, but he fundamentally does not GET what Frank is going through and is hurting him.
Lee has some obliviousness and privilege that he is not aware of, but Frank also has been hiding his feelings and bottling them up, which isn’t helping Lee understand. Frank also has not been seeing the other things Lee has been doing in the background to help his family (like with Sam).
Lee has always been wrapped up in his romanticism, while Frank has always been wrapped up in his martyrdom. Honestly, I’ve never really seen a way for them to work out. It’d be one thing if Frank was merely the voice of reason in their relationship, but he seems less inclined to say anything until he explodes, and Lee himself admitted that he needs the occasional boot to the head to let him know when he’s being ridiculous.
I’d gladly have hoped against hope that it was a scheme (even an arguably dispicable one) to lure, free Lee from the Murakami family situation… But ALAS you’re right, Frank’s ire seemed too genuine to have been acted (he wasn’t on stage during the play after all), he did lashed out at Lee out of jealousy of some sort.
Ouch, my little heart, I need nuttela vodka ice-cream cake, I hope thats a thing because my feels need it.
You mean vodka ice cream with nutella cake dough pearls? Anyway, a slice or a bowl would be indeed welcome…
TTATT I-I-I d-d-don’t- I can’t even flip tables: my hands are too slippery from wiping tears…
Owen, now is your chance, when he comes for comfort/complain, don’t let Lee leave your house without a big smooch!
I predict two possible outcomes:
Lee realizes that he has been an idiot and then uses his cat wish to either make Frank’s dad better or solve the financial problems in some form, and then tries to make amends with Frank in the hopes of repairing their relationship, or at the very least settling the discord between them.
Lee refuses to realize his idiocy and uses his cat wish to make it so that the breakup never happened, only to feel bad about it later and either finding some way to reverse it or telling Frank the truth and having things go sour all over again.
I like the first one, but I’m just guessing at this point.
Lee was already considering using the wish for Frank. Hence his previous conversation with Hazel about that very subject.
Lee does tend to get carried away with his romantic notions, but he has generally speaking kept Frank in mind. And it’s not like Lee hasn’t been there for Frank during this. He and his mother both have been helping Frank’s family out. And it’s not just Frank that he’s been there for, but also Sam.
Go back and read the comic in one setting, Frank more often then not has tried to keep Lee at arms length. Lee has always been more interested in a relationship than Frank, who seems to be dating Lee only out of humoring him. Frank has never really considered their relationship as anything permanent.
Granted, Lee seems to overlook this. It’s not like Frank hasn’t been pretty obvious in his intention. Remember back to the conversation the two had when they decided to try
dating. Frank’s own statement was that he wasn’t even sure he liked Lee
as a person. Not exactly a statement of infatuation. Frank has many times made it clear he was destined to remain behind. They both have contributed to this situation, Lee for ignoring the signs, and Frank for indulging Lee’s romantic notions.
This isn’t going to end with them meeting five years later …. :'(
On a side note – Frank does say – I need to break up – not – want to break up.
Want and need – two different things.
In the first panel, he starts by saying “I want to”, so I’m not so sure if he didn’t just rephrase that in the second panel in order not to hurt Lee too much – though that’s a lost case anyway.
And from Lee point of hear, that might have sounded like an enumeration, with a comma pause, not rephrase pause…
OH – missed that – I so distraught at this page I wasn’t paying close attention. Now I’m even more sad by it
The tears are enough of a parting blow.
Indeed, they weren’t the mere wet eyes tears but more of the Niagara impersonation tears TT ̰TT
I saw this coming the moment Lee first mentioned bugging out for NYC, and I was all ready to feel upset about it…
But then Frank had to and diss the cat wish. The most wondrous and magical thing that ever happened to Lee… a secret only the two of them shared… something not his own that he was preparing to offer the man he loved. And Frank… Frank rejects it. Dismisses it. Says he never believed it and only said he believed it to humor Lee, thereby making him feel like a complete idiot.
I completely understand Lee leaving without a word. Frank’s done. The relationship’s done. And Lee is 100% done. I actually give Lee credit for not socking Frank in the mouth before he walked out of the room.
No,no,no,no,no,NO to even the thought of socking Frank in the mouth. What? hit someone when they are down, hit someone when their father could have just died, when their father could possibly be permanently physically disabled, when they have had both the physical and financial burden of running the uneconomical, family farm seemingly dumped on their shoulders and to top that all off had their best friend just announce they are going to leave to pursue his dreams when Frank doesn’t have that freedom to do so. Yes I think Lee should go to NYC and I don’t think it is reasonable of me to think he could defer for a year and offer to stick around and help his friend. But I think it is more than reasonable for me to think that you should never even think of hitting someone when they are down.
Both of them are in teh right an both of them are in the wrong.
And this situation of Frank’s is not new at this point – from what I gathered and what was shown of his father’s progress, he’s been managing the farm at least a few weeks now. So basically he’s as far with coping as he’s gonna get inside the next year, imho – which is why I actually think he should dump it, because he’s never gonna get the farm to work profitably enough to support anyone.
In this scene, HE attacked Lee. Yes, his overall stress level is up – but that’s something ONLY FRANK ould change – by choosing something of his own will. He’s not made any choices, he’s only reacting to things happening around him – and that’s WHY he’s stressed and why he’s unhappy. Now he’s blaming Lee for his own failure to choose something that he can live with without resenting it, and to top it off, he’s basically saying he always thought Lee was an idiot and in a way, that he never loved him. He’s throwing the confidence Lee put in him by even telling him about the cats in his face, in a very cruel way. And that after Lee trying for weeks to somehow lessen the strain Frank’s under. I can so sympathise with the thought of wanting to hit Frank – because in this scene, HE is the attacker, he’s cruelly hurting Lee and I can totally understand how that would lead to the wish to hurt him back. Physically. In this scene, Frank is not the victim you see in him – he’s becoming the perpetrator. He’s reacting to the circumstances in a well-known way: hurting others because he was hurt. This is NOT the right way to act.
And Lee is the bigger man insofar, as he’s NOT blaming Frank for the problems. Frank is blaming Lee for things that he never had any influence on. For being who he is – an optimistic young man who wants to live his own life, with his beloved at his side.
Actually, it is as so often in these situations, that both are to blame for their inadequacy to cope with the situation even though neither is to blame for the situation.
Lee has been trying to help as much as he can and I can very well sympathize with his feeling of wanting to help Frank at any cost, even if it means sacrificing his wish for his friend. But he’s doing it wrong, putting even more pressure on Frank with his idea of both of them haring off to NYC.
And Frank? Frank is acting like a trapped animal. But it is easy for an outsider to say that he should ditch the farm that has been set up by his grand-grandfather as his way of the American dream, that his father has sacrificed his own dreams for, that he is expected by his family to uphold.
Yes, he is lashing out in his frustration and hurting Lee. And yes, he overstepped a line when he revealed that he never believed Lee about the cats. And of course it’s not the right way to act and Frank is the attacker in this scene. But that does never, NEVER give anyone the right to retaliate with physical violence. We often hurt those we love, sometimes cruelly, sometimes unintended. But what vicious world we would live in if everyone resorted to violence upon a perceived injury.
I don’t actually see Frank blaming Lee. I also do not see in any way Frank saying he never loved Lee. I see Frank not getting much support from anyone and perhaps taking all the responsibility on himself. But I also see Frank being so much in despair that he NEEDS someone else to HELP him make choices and not be left to manage by himself. I also don’t think Frank sees it is foreseeable at this time to just leave his family and that Frank has very deep feelings of obligation. Also i don’t think Lee simply just not blaming Frank makes him the bigger man. But I don’t think it is Lee’s responsibility to stick around and help Frank’s family. If they were both older and living together in a relationship, yes I would expect that of Lee, but I do think Lee needs to think of his future career.
Never said attacking Frank was justified. But it is something plenty of people would have done. That Lee just let it end right there shows that he’s a class act.
About the bold & underlined text, you can use simple html code as your text
Umm I replied and said thanks in bold type but it said it was awaiting moderation and then disappeared. Is that sometimes a problem with disqus?
I just started reading this comic today and I have never felt such a real comic, and I’d like to think I read a lot of comics. I’ve nearly cried through this entire comic. (I have difficulty expressing my feelings and crying even…) So much of this story hits incredibly close to home. That said, this has to now be one of my favorites. Thank you so much for such a wonderful story, I’ll definitely be here to stay and enjoy Prince of Cats as it unfolds.
Welcome to the end?!
Oh Lee, you’re such an idiot! Frank still loves you, but you’re coming between him and his family! NEVER a good idea… he can’t just up and leave, whether he likes running the family farm or not! Leave the poor man alone, be supportive, and let him find his way. Augh ! Although the dissing of the cat wish sucks (did we ever find out how Lee got it in the first place? I don’t remember) lets be realistic here for a second. Very, very rarely does a wish solve ANYTHING. It just makes more problems. It’s like pushing a domino over and watching the rest fall… there’s likely nothing Lee could have done in the situation to make it better.
This makes me sad, but I would have done the same thing in Frank’s situation… hopefully they’ll both talk it through later.
He saved a cat who happened to be a Princess Cat! He recalled it in dream while waiting for the doc appointment he had in ch.3 last september http://princeofcatscomic.com/comic/chapter-3-page-294/
So… anyone else here that’s up for getting drunk and crying together in a bush somewhere?
BOO-HOO-HOO, dibn’ -hic- wait for ya girlz -zzz-
I´m in. Pls giv´ the bottle… “hic” need too… hug lee… T_T *drink*
Nooooooo! But yeah saw this coming… I can’t get too upset. Looking forward to Wednesday!
WHAT NO DAMMIT
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