A visitor, Ann, is sitting at a dinner table with villagers in traditional clothing. They are in an idyllic cottage with low candle lighting. The villagers look like they’re up to something.
Ann: Where’s little Johnny?
Villager: Oh, Johnny’s helping us with a special ingredient.
Ann: What is it?
Villager 2: We’ll tell you, but first you must eat this delicious meaty stew.
A little later, plates and bowls are now filled with food. Ann looks nonplussed.
Villager: It tasted good, yes? Well, you’ve just eaten –
Ann: Johnny, who is the special ingredient as part of your ritual sacrifices to the old gods.
Johnny is in the doorway with herbs, looking aghast.
Villager: What?! No, Johnny was out collecting fresh sage!
Villager 2: How could you possibly think that?
Ann: I’ve seen things.
Johnny: But why did you eat the stew?
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Wow, Johnny. Run away now, that’s all I’m saying.
« I’ve seen things » just how common are cannibalistic rituals in this world, that they just look jaded and didn’t hesitate to eat the stew ??
Hey, good meat is hard to come by in that area. You eat what you get to fill up your protein…
My guess is that Ann is a detective specializing in cases like this.
As for the stew, she probably concluded that they’d force feed it to her, anyway, so she kept up appearances while making a case for the villagers’ arrest.
Also, not seen in these pages, just in case the stew is poisoned, Ann has long immunized herself to the deadly ones, and took an anti-sleep medicine disguised as an insulin shot.
LOL … another good one, Bunny and Chris!
This is such a common trope, so glad to see it subverted like that.
This got a genuine laugh from me! Also though, there’s a typo in Johnny’s dialogue in the last panel.
Johnny’s question is very pertinent.
Face it, Johnny, no one likes you … except as stew meat.
I just binge-read all of the comics again, and laughed so much! I’m always excited every Wednesday to see what’ll be next! Also, I have a couple suggestions for future ones.
–Dead parents always being the ‘best’ parents
–Half human half [insert blank] characters being so common, or how characters that are the ‘last of their kind’ crop up 9 times out of 10
–Elaborate, time-consuming transformation sequences