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Stop it... pay attention to me by purplekecleon Stop it... pay attention to me by purplekecleon
Anana heard the pitter-patter of footsteps following the jingle that signified another customer had entered the shop, and turned to greet the potential client. No sooner had she bid the Pokemon a good afternoon did she realize that it was hardly a customer, but her frazzled, seemingly upset sister. The way the purple seemed faded, a bit gray even, told Anana everything she needed to know about her sibling’s current emotional state. It was just so terribly obvious to her.

However, Payapa had nothing to say to Anana. She was after something else. “Dad! DAD! Quick... I... I need something, Dad!”

Agave lazily looked up from organizing the coins and bills in the cash box momentarily before returning back to his task. It seemed he had half a mind to ignore her.

Payapa paid that no mind. “Dad! I need your help! There’s this... well, I need something, there’s a friend, and he’s sick. I need something to make him all better. I need a doctor or something. Dad! Stop it... pay attention to me!”

Agave quickly tired of her impatience. She went to yank on his tail, something she’d done when she wanted his attention since early childhood, but was met with a smack across the face instead. The force was enough to knock her stumbling a couple of feet backward, and Anana turned away so as to not bear witness to the scene. Instead, Anana decided, she would recount the number of flower pots. There were fourteen.

Payapa grabbed at her cheek and pawed it; she looked at her palm, as if she expected to find drawn blood, but there was nothing. It just stung. Too shocked to properly react, she just stared at her claws, mouth gaping. Why? Why had he done that?

Without interrupting the work of counting stones, coins, and bills, he spoke. “Don’t you go touching me with those grubby little paws o’ yers. You want somethin’ from me, you best be givin’ me somethin’ in return.”

Clink. A coin dropped where it belonged.

“Yer old enough now that that’s a fair deal. We don’t get no work from you in the shop really no more anyway, so you might wanna be looking for a new place ta rest that sorry hide o’ yers soon if’n that don’t change right as soon, girly.”

Clatter. Another few coins back in their place.

“So you want my help? Gimme somethin’ for it. Fair trade. Doctor or somethin’? I’ll tell you about that for a price.”

Payapa was no less stunned now than she had been prior to the unexpected smack. Having to... pay him? To help her out? Charles was... he wasn’t doing well, he needed help... and she didn’t have the money for that! She didn’t have the money and didn’t understand...

Didn’t quite understand...

Why?

In the haze of the situation, that question formed once more: why had he done that? Why was he still acting this way? Couldn’t he tell she was distressed? Didn’t he know?

She had nothing to give him, not even tears. She backed up and into the wall before scrambling to her right and back out of the shop. The only reasonable thing to do here was find someone who would help without a stupid fee.

Anana was very glad her father didn’t notice that she was trembling with fright. She excused herself at the earliest possible opportunity to take a lunch break, and then became ill in the sand in front of a few concerned Pokemon.

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Part 17 of "Complementaries"
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edit: there are not 15 pots! there are 4, 3, 3, 4!
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:iconpokecomicnewb:
Pokecomicnewb Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
to be honest, the way the second stack is drawn, there looks like there are 4 pots there. I can understand where people think there is 15+.
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Illumidon Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
i had a father like him, it's rough but at least i don't have to deal with him now that he's in prison.
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:icontheinvertedtower:
TheInvertedTower Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
This just made me realize something.

You don't need money, if you have someone who cares about you.
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Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Well Done
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:iconcarshia:
Carshia Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Umm, 4+3+3+4=14, not 15.
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:iconpurplekecleon:
purplekecleon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. And there are not 15 pots. As I said.
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:iconcondemnapproval:
condemnApproval Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I counted 16... owo
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:iconpurplekecleon:
purplekecleon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You counted incorrectly. Perhaps you ought to look at a pot.
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:iconcondemnapproval:
condemnApproval Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps that would be a smart idea X3
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:iconleande:
Leande Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
I counted 17.
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:icon0okami-rei:
0okami-Rei Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why is he such a bad father? D:
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh god... poor PK..
I hate you Agave.
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brittoniawhite Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist
I hope that picture helps for the confusion...and the story is getting really deep! keep up the great work pk!
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brittoniawhite Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Why does it matter how may pots there are? *rubs head from headache* those are the bottoms of the pots like this-->[link] so what you are seeing is the bottom of each pot on each row not a new pot. so it is 4, 3, 3, 4. plz leave her alone about it now ok? ; n ;
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:iconcrystalitar:
Crystalitar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
there are neither 4, 3, 3, 4 pots, there are 5, 4, 3, 5!
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TogemissEve Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
I thought that too but I realized the pots are just inside of each other and stacked, so what you see at the bottom is just part of the whole bottom pot
[link] like these
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Crystalitar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
aaah nowi understand xD i can se it with the fisrt and last rows but the middle stll seems off, like the second doesn't look like it only has 3 like the first has the lower part smaller, but with second tower not... XD i think i am tooo obsessed with it lol
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Ryuzakama Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
;A;
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:icondiskthree:
diskthree Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the top pot, stack second to the left, that some people are getting confused about right? Or perhaps I'm just confused myself.

Also this story is starting to explain a lot about why Tao is run how it is. Hmm..
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Smeire Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
agave is so horrible, ugh. :c
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goldgust Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist
ah this is where she goes to the witch doctor i think
im still really interested in ho w she's gonna get almost killed hehehe
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goldgust Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist
alSO the way anana just counts the flowerpots seems very significant to me?? like wow i dont know why it just.. . like maybe im asking myself if i would have done the same thing im so disorientated
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UsaginoTsuki Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Given Anana's personality and her age, her reaction follows. Their father is a force to be reckoned with. So even with Anana seeing the abuse going on, it is her nature to avoid it and pretend that everything is ok. Because to her, if she pretends that everything is ok, then surely it will be, right? But this scene clearly shows the family dynamics and dysfunction that goes on.
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goldgust Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist
yeah it really hits hard for some reason
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PikachuLover2012 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Man, their dad is a douche bag!(unless something in his past made him that way, I'll understand that :shrug: ) I feel sorry for the Kecs, especially PK and Anana. :(
I love how the colors give off the mood of this pic, btw! I've noticed there are 14 pots in it, unlike everyone else. I really had to look at it close enough to realize :D
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kagemarumizugami Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
daddy isssues, daddy issues everywhere :(
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blaZe9v Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Aaaand that just emphasizes the disfunction of the Kec family.
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:iconlunashewolf:
LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
her dad is a bastard
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:iconpokemaniac-x:
pokemaniac-x Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Congratulations Agave, you have officially made my list of hated characters.
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HERthatDRAWS Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woh..........just..............that was ......emotional?


(I like how everyones saying Agaves a dick, which in truth he is here, but something tells me he has a back story of his own which'll make everyone change their opinion of him alot. As they have with Anana)
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Diznits Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. He obviously sees this as a reasonable way to raise his kids, and I highly doubt he's just hittin' his children to be a dick. You don't survive in big business by being soft. I think this is what he wants to teach them, and I don't blame Agave, especially if he himself was raised in the same manner.
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HERthatDRAWS Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
exectly, Pks said it herself, theres a always a reason for the way they act
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:iconpikazxyz101:
Pikazxyz101 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are 15 pots.
Lol
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:iconpurplekecleon:
purplekecleon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There are 14 :)
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:iconpikazxyz101:
Pikazxyz101 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=.= *counts again*
I counted 15.... I'm confusedddd........
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:iconpurplekecleon:
purplekecleon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're counting four where there are three, in the middle.
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:iconpikazxyz101:
Pikazxyz101 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaaah. I see it.
Tricky though
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chichimi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow what a diiiick. I... fell bad for Anana? But at the same time don't... but at the same time do. It's an very odd, conflicted feeling, very well portrayed in the art. Excellent as always.

(Though, I feel compelled to point out there's 15 flower pots in the image...)
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EB-the-GAMER Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Snapjaw: (snaps hungrily)

Me: no you can't eat him! that would mess with this story!
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DarkBlot Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
there are actually 15 pots not 14
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DrakoNekoshi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaauugggh Agave can be such an asshole :c.
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SoftMonKeychains Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, Agave is a real asshole. Nice work, Micle.
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:icontogemisseve:
TogemissEve Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Oh no, Agave you fuck.
I love the contrast between Anana and PK+Agave in the background, and how your line strokes really convey the mood between the father and daughter. Really tense skdjfh
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Deeborm Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Urgh. I know Anana's feeling, here.

Unsurprisingly, Father of the Year here was super terrible, but exceeded expectations by coming up with an unexpected new terrible to use. He's got one for every occasion!

The fact that I totally hate this guy probably means the author has done her job well, here.
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Teavian Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Gaaah their dad's just awful. Poor PK. I really hope she can find help for him. Great job with this though, it really conveys the emotion of the scene really well.
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XfangheartX Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Man, Agave's a dick.
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist
agreed.
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Tychea Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D:
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