January 30th, 2017

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43 . by: November 9, 2017, 1:46 am

Found this page again while looking for another and I love these two on this page, especially how :D!!! Smoothie looks when Fig asks him to scent her.
42 . by: Furrama August 8, 2017, 4:46 pm

I wonder, when this is over, if she'll pick a new name?
41 . by: February 3, 2017, 12:04 am

Oh hey, I know a really silly name... Streaky.
40 . by: Furrama February 2, 2017, 9:23 pm

"It's a little late in the season to be wearing white, though."

(S)XY, page 134
39 . by: February 2, 2017, 6:53 pm

@38- I think warmer weather started some time back. Greenie has gone back to being all green.
38 . by: February 2, 2017, 9:07 am

Speaking of brown, is it notable that the season is clearly winter turning to spring, but he ISNT in a form of coat change?
37 . by: Furrama February 2, 2017, 12:34 am

You know, it just occurred to me that his text is dark brown and her original text color was light brown.

How... monochromatic.

36 . by: February 1, 2017, 11:14 pm

i'm excited to see the rest of their conversation/interactions
35 . by: Kaidona February 1, 2017, 8:59 pm

The incident with the other stoat getting bitten in the face might be kept within the brothel somehow. Or people might not believe he got it in the face from a prostitute and didn't specifically ask for it.

oh wait. that's how. People don't talk publicly about their liasons with sex workers in this kind of society. That's why he asked the sentry "How'm I gonna explain this?!" on the way out.

34 . by: February 1, 2017, 6:51 pm

well, also, saying she has a boyfriend would invite questions about said boyfriend, which she'd inevitably have to lie about, because no way can she say who her boyfriend is (her boss who just put a noose around her neck...)
this is a faster and easier lie, and a just plain smart one if she doesn't want him to know the tangled web of misery she's living in.
33 . by: Max February 1, 2017, 12:20 pm


That's how I read it, too. Fig is omitting the fact she has a boyfriend to avoid alienating Smoothie.
32 . by: Acy February 1, 2017, 1:15 am

I don't have anything coherent or insightful to say but...THIS PAGE!!! I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PAGE
31 . by: Witch February 1, 2017, 12:01 am

Autocorrect was not kind to my comment
30 . by: Witch January 31, 2017, 11:57 pm

im getting a "doesn't want him to know" vibe from calling greenie boss, too.

possibly this was foreshadowed in the beginning when XX and greenie's black out drunk? drunk friend was desperate not to let greenie find out.

if greenie goes after smoothie though!! kick his ass, smoothie!!
29 . by: Watcher January 31, 2017, 11:21 pm

I think maybe we're all a just a little bit worried that what happened to the client on Page 100 may happen again. Wonder if XY knows about that incident? Unless the boss rat paid the injured guy hush money (hush credit?) to make up a lie about how his face got maimed, I don't see how that story could be kept a secret from anyone who has seen him.

XY seems to be getting along well with her so far. As long as he doesn't "inspire" her (or push her buttons)...

As for a new, possibly final name for XX, I'm wondering if she'll eventually chose to be called "Synconium." She could be "Sync" for short.

And Furrama, I actually liked it when you would come up with creative new names for Greenie, such as "Surly Greenstreak" (Muahaha! I got that reference!) Please don't stop (unless you really want to).
28 . by: January 31, 2017, 11:16 pm

I really want them to talk about art! Since it was mentioned at the beginning that he was into art and that art 'isn't just about what's pretty and what isn't', it sounds like he would be right up her alley. It's bound to come up at some point.
27 . by: January 31, 2017, 11:00 pm

I think XX calling Greenie her boss instead of boyfriend may also be because 1. bad for business if it gets around that one of the prostitutes has a boyfriend? 2. just doesn't want Smoothie to know she has a boyfriend because shes into him.
26 . by: Witticaster January 31, 2017, 10:08 pm

XX and XY... that's poetic. And she's finally referring to Greenie as what he is.

Scruffy was skulking around the brothel, taking a particular interest in the 'irresistible' Fig, and then Smoothie shows up for a session with her... I wonder if their bet involved Scruffy hooking up Smoothie with the most bangin' gal in the region to see if he can stay professional in the face of overwhelming sexiness.
25 . by: Destrustor January 31, 2017, 8:28 pm


She *did* ditch greenie.
24 . by: Dani January 31, 2017, 6:55 pm

I am still optimistic for Fig. I think she can maybe escape her capture. But things have to get worse first.

Also, thanks ppl for clarifying the Smoothie name origin a couple of pages back! I understand its because of fur texture, not the fruit drink now!

23 . by: January 31, 2017, 6:50 pm

The fact that his thesis at the beginning was that sex is a stoppable force is either foreboding or hopeful. Is he going to fall victim and show that it isn't, or will he actually be able to overcome it and prove his point? I hope nothing bad happens to him.
21 . by: hazard January 31, 2017, 4:48 pm

XX calling him "boss" is SO HEARTBREAKING!! I mean yes, Greenie is a douche, but she's finally accepted his power over her. They are no longer on equal footing. Her capture is indeed complete.

But this page is beautiful in showing a DIFFERENT kind of intimacy, something she's not had in forever. Incredible of Zach to pull off a sense of that in a non-sexual moment in a story about sex!!

21 . by: hazard January 31, 2017, 4:48 pm

XX calling him "boss" is SO HEARTBREAKING!! I mean yes, Greenie is a douche, but she's finally accepted his power over her. They are no longer on equal footing. Her capture is indeed complete.

But this page is beautiful in showing a DIFFERENT kind of intimacy, something she's not had in forever. Incredible of Zach to pull off a sense of that in a non-sexual moment in a story about sex!!

20 . by: Furrama January 31, 2017, 4:40 pm

Oh no wait, I got one I got one: Instead of Greenie or XY or GXY he should be EXY. Because he's her EX. HiOooooo!
19 . by: January 31, 2017, 4:22 pm

Not her boyfriend anymore, hm? Greenie better watch it.
18 . by: 9times January 31, 2017, 3:11 pm

HA, I called it on page 90. Green's name is XY.

So is one of them XXY?
17 . by: January 31, 2017, 2:42 pm

i'm honestly getting a vibe that Smoothie is going to be murdered at some point
16 . by: January 31, 2017, 2:14 pm

I think it's a good sign that she gave him her 'real name' rather than only her brothel nickname here. Getting to know some information about who she really is, even if only a little. Since he asks if it's alright, I assume taking someone's scent code is something a bit more personal that her other clients don't typically do, and she usually remains cloaked behind her brothel persona of Fig. I do hope she'll let this guy in a little bit, and that this won't take a turn for the worse. She could really use it, I'm sure. I can only imagine how Greenie would react to her having a romantic fling with someone since her sex work is normally going to be so detached and only physical, which could be why he reacted in such a horrified way when he said he wasn't going to have sex with her. She's so deeply lost in her facade right now, but it's a sign of hope that a tiny bit of her gray is returning.

But that's all speculation, as always nofna is difficult to ever predict.
15 . by: Furrama January 31, 2017, 1:54 pm

Nature of Nature's Art: Everything is a motorcycle.

Finally. Everything makes sense now.
14 . by: Zack January 31, 2017, 1:46 pm


The original scent code rules still stand today. The species information is at the fore, while the personal, familial information is in the middle, and the personal, individual information is at the rear.

P.S. The VFR is still a motorcycle ;-) Fig just happens to have an "X" in her family, giving her a triple "X".
13 . by: January 31, 2017, 10:50 am

Odd. I have very specific impressions of each character's voice in my head. Anyone else?
12 . by: Kaidona January 31, 2017, 9:55 am

Hahaha, she Gainax'd a little in the first panel.

11 . by: January 31, 2017, 8:41 am

Huh, I've always wondered whether two individuals would have the same "scent" name (meaning the last two letters).
10 . by: North January 31, 2017, 2:17 am

This story would have a very different tone if Fig had gone to the bodily function names brothel and we'd had to call her "Nibbles" or something.
9 . by: January 31, 2017, 1:42 am

8 . by: Nobody January 31, 2017, 1:03 am

re: scent codes-- check out page 149 of 10%+. on a new defunct forum from years ago, zachary explained scent codes a bit. the first letter(s) were short for the characters' species (maned wolf), next part was for their family (canine), and the last 4 were personal identification markers, i think. at least the last 3 were.
i'm not sure how accurate that information is anymore though, since sv's and xx's scent codes don't line up with this. it may just be meaningless now.
7 . by: Furrama January 31, 2017, 1:02 am

@6 Oh you're right, page 301. I had just reread that a couple of weeks ago too. Thank you!

Yeah, I don't know, I'm missing so much info. It would be nice to have codes for two individuals belonging to one species.
6 . by: January 31, 2017, 12:44 am

@Furrama SV's scent code was revealed after his death, it's TRQWTSV. Since neither have any letters in common in terms of placement it's hard to say what the scent codes could mean other than the information we've been given about the R being species significant.
5 . by: Furrama January 31, 2017, 12:30 am

I knew it! I knew Greenathing's name was going to be a reveal! IN YOUR FACE COMMENT SECTION. (notreallypleasedon'thurtme) Now I can stop coming up with a different green name every time I talk about him.

And of course, XY. I think I had guessed that at one point too. Because chromosome reference. But hmmm, we have two XY's. SXY and GXY? (I like the idea of SXY, just because of how I pronounce it in my head.) Hopefully SXY reveals a proper word name for us to use soon. He should have had a naming trial if he's so far along in his studies. I can only hope it will top such names as Tinkly and Dribble.

And oooooooooh not a boyfriend anymore! I feel hope again.

I do wonder what being an X type means in the scent code. Is it like being born under the same star and a coincidence? Or does it mean something? R meant mustelid or mustelinae I think right? XX's full name is VFRHXXX. So, I guess H would be for the genus, and the first X for the species (stoat)? And the last two letters are different for the individual?

All I really remember is that vowels are shady. :D The only other character that I think we got all the letters for to compare is Meander, MWCKFTQ. Since they don't share any letters I'm not sure what to make of it. They are both mammals in carnivora, but I don't see a letter for either. Did SV or anyone else have a full scent code that I don't remember?
4 . by: January 30, 2017, 11:35 pm

Haha, XX and XY! Of course. We've come a long way from the characters of Secretary being named after motorsycles, lol.
3 . by: Juna January 30, 2017, 11:16 pm

If she's drifting back into her gray, it's pretty subtle on my monitor. I do like that the environment became brighter during their conversation,though. Their scent exchange is so nice and briefly intimate, too. Glad Smoothie/XY ended up being as compassionate as you'd hope a student of psychology to be, and hopefully his observations of the brothel get some well-deserved light.
2 . by: January 30, 2017, 10:51 pm

I do hope as well that this means he'll be more significant in some way or another rather than so fleeting like the last encounters she's had.

I wonder if she'll have an emotional tryst with him rather than the physical ones she's used to?
1 . by: January 30, 2017, 10:48 pm

Oh wow, very interesting! After all this time now we know Greenie's real 'name'. I'm not sure how I didn't see XY coming. I'm so curious what it could mean that they have the same scent code.

I'm glad that these two seem to be having a pleasant talk so far, and that Fig is regaining a bit of her gray.