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The artwork is beautiful. Vast, sweeping landscapes with two figures almost lost in them. Lost in their own conversation?

Btw, is this set in Norfolk?

As to the conversation . . . all very mature and adult, and I hope it continues to be so, and I think it will do. Although I do wonder if "mature & adult" will survive contact with the untidiness of the heart . . .

Though talking of "mature & adult" part of me, probably the "immature & adolescent" part, is still hoping for a threeway . . . -blush-
I do wonder if the title of this strip is a reference to Laura's tattoo.

Beautifully done strip btw.

Ron's actions, regardless of what he really intended, have cast a long shadow.

Kidcthulhu has mentioned this already, but I can understand Sarah being tempted. But Sarah while has a long history of rushing into things without consideration, she has always done so with good intentions.

I think she'll tell Laura how Lucy feels about her and let the dice fall as they will.
@skyangel: Thank you for the kind words.

So sometimes a tattoo of a heart is just a tattoo of a heart . . . :)

About kissing scenes, sex scenes. Well, you first started this comic Sarah & Janey were both schoolgirls, so I guess you might have had some concerns there. But over the years you have done some very erotic & explicit, while still staying within what might be called good taste. I freely admit I have enjoyed those strips, but I never felt they were merely titillation. They were part of the characters lives. Although I'm still not sure about "salmon" though . . .

I think the net has changed things for good, as you say it has enable people to come forward and meet other people which is great. Okay, the net has had a negative effect, on a whole bunch of things, but a lot of things can with a downside.
Interesting strip & interesting comments by Sky.

Yes, I guessed things have changed over the years. (I remember first reading this on Drunk Duck and followed it here when the DD had its troubles.) And I guess technology does impact, in the old days if you wanted to produce a comic you needed a printing press, these days just access to a near ubiquitous piece of technology. And I guess the way people access the comic does affect the way they can comment on it as well.

And I guess things have changed in other ways, not so long ago a same-sex kiss on TV was a really big deal, these days not so much. And no, not everything in the garden is roses, but things have changed.

And as for the strip. Well, yes I did correctly guess that Ron had edited his comments to Lucy. (Feeling - a little - smug, just a little though.) What Ron actually intended in the moment he had Laura dangling over the pit we'll never know, especially as Ron seems incapable of admitting the truth - even to himself - but Laura's perception of his intentions is chilling. No wonder she stayed quiet all those years.

And more of this quiet talk with Laura to come . . .

Couple of other points, love the scenery.

And the heart tattoo on Laura's shoulder, when did she have that done? And perhaps more importantly, why?
Well this is interesting. Sometimes silences speak volumes. And I suspect the quiet walk will very interesting for Sarah & Laura.

Oh, and I would not be the slightest bit surprised if Ron had told Lucy a very heavily edited version of events. -grr-

Oh, and for some reason Laura's speech bubble of "?" makes me smile.
Well, well, well, I didn't think The Surpise was going to be Sarah's old mini. I took the reference to a "hint" in the last panel of the last strip to be the dashboard ornament, but I (unsurprisingly) couldn't figure it out.

So Ron gave Lucy a present of her current(?) girlfriend's restored old Mini to make up for coming close to murdering her ex(?)-girlfriend? Hmmm . . . Ron is not going up in my estimation any time soon.

But maybe the real surprise in this strip is Lucy telling Sarah, "I'm with you now . . . it doesn't mean good-bye."

Next weeks strip could be very interesting.
It's very sad for Sarah, but she did the right thing, and deep down, I think she knows it.

Of course the smutty side of me is thinking the solution to this is "ménage au trois" or maybe just a threesome . . . I lock up my smutty side now. -blush-

But, no, ultimately Sarah did the right thing. Pragmatically, there could never be happiness between Sarah & Lucy with Laura's ghost between them. And for Sarah to aid and abet in maintaining a lie would be even worse. Having the truth out in the open, and laying the "ghost" to rest is for the best.

And this surprise for Sarah sounds intriguing.
For a page which isn't much loved, it's really kinda neat.

I liked the top panel, it gave a real feeling of leaving, a point of things changing.

And I liked some of the touches in the other frame e.g. Janey's portrait against the wall.

And where do we, and Sarah and Lucy and Laura and Nikki go from here? We shall see.
That first frame was great and set up the whole of this strip.

"I only did it for you" is right up there with "I'm not a bad man" as lies Ron tells himself. -grr-

Sarah did the right thing getting Ron to tell Lucy the truth. (Though like Sarah, I'm wondering how "watered down" was Ron's version.) But what happens next? We shall see.
Thanks for the comic Sky and I hope that you're having nice Easter too.
"Calm and stillness after a snowfall . . ." Which funnily enough is what we woke up to this morning. :)

Interesting strip. Sarah's judgement, do I agree with it? Well . . . kinda cool that I was (sorta) right about it how it would go, but I'm not sure. But I am glad that Ron's confession as cleared the air and that Sarah seems to be thinking calmly about it.

Interesting that Ron omitted the appearance of Lenore/Random scruffy woman in his confession to Sarah. Will this be significant, when Sarah does find out about it.

Couple of random observations:

1. Calling this strip 'The Judgement of Sarah,' rather than 'Sarah's Judgement,' would give it a rather biblical feeling (JIMO) and, to me anyway, suggest a rather harsher attitude on behalf of Sarah.

2. The first frame: great scene, bleak and yet calm. And I like the idea that The Crow was watching over all of this.

Gosh, I have wittered on a bit?!

Anyway Sky, looking forward to the last of Sarah at Carlingford, and when you do take your break, have a good one.
Well, well, well . . . I wasn't expecting that.

Yep, the crow and the random scruffy woman - all coincidence. (Well, that's what I'm going with.)

And as for Ron . . . had he really hired two hit men? My knowledge of the Underworld is limited, but finding two thugs to put the frighteners on someone is one thing, finding two men willing to kill a young woman in cold blood . . . that's a whole new level of nasty.

Talking of nasty, was Ron just intent on terrifying Laura, did he get carried away and in the heat of the moment decided to silence her for good? Or was he planning murder all along?

As Sky says the only one who can answer those questions is Ron, and I doubt we'll ever get an honest answer from him on this subject.

Oh and I did like Ron's line "I was only trying to scare you hon!" Yeah, Ron only trying to scare her, don't worry you can still tell yourself you're not a bad man really! -grr-

But no, this has been a very dramatic strip, very nicely drawn and it's great to see the crow again.
@skyangel: As in, now Ron really does have to take responsibility for his actions. (And their consequences.) And it will interesting to see what happens next.
@ohanyname!: Thanks for all that info.

But as I said Sarah having a Taser was a "possible" and a "might" and overall "an unlikely scenario."
So Ron didn't merely sub-contract putting the frighteners on Laura, but actually participated himself.

Okay, it could be argued that one option gives Ron an out, "I didn't know they'd go that far, honest!" And it could be said that there is a perverse sense of honour(?) about Ron actually doing his own dirty work . . . but, what Ron is doing is very, very nasty.

And how Sarah is going to deal with these revelations is anybody's guess.

Oh, and Sarah tazing Ron? I will admit it would be a very satisfying scenario. However Tazers are not legally available to the general public in the UK, so it's unlikely she'd have one. ( Sarah's Policewoman friend, Jenny, might, possibly, have acquired one for Sarah "off-the-books." But I feel it's an unlikely scenario.) And if Sarah did have one and used it, she might well find herself in a lot of trouble.

I am not an expert on the laws of self-defence in the UK, but while "I used an illegally owned weapon on him because I genuinely believed my life was in imminent danger" might fly, I doubt that "I used an illegally owned weapon on him because he told me a story which made me realise he was a horrible person" would even get off the ground.

Even if Ron is a really horrible person.
If I was to guess at Ron's thought processes it would be, "Well, I am not actually doing any harm to her. I mean it's not like I'm having her legs broken. And I am only doing this out of the highest possible motives; that is to protect my family."

I will give Ron the point that the threat of violence is not as bad as actual physical violence, given the variation in sentencing for threatening behaviour vs GBH, but it's still nasty. Very nasty.

And my opinion of Ron is still that he's a shite and further more a self-deceiving shite.

I think this is reflected in that the place he chooses to terrify a young woman is a building site where he's building, "Cheap flats and starter homes." Yeah, he's not a bad man is he? Yeah, right. -grr-
@skyangel: Thank you Sky. While it's true they only made a fleeting appearance, they were, in their own way, quite memorable. :)

And yes I do recall GS Girl cropping up at the party. I did wonder at the time if the "morning after" strip would have Lucy's parents demanding to know just what the hell had been going on in the bathroom . . . -eg-
Well this neatly confirms my opinion of Ron as a self-deceiving little shite. Yeah, sure it's all Laura's fault, she drove you to it . . . grr.

But on a lighter note, in the background frame one and flashing back to Sarah's experiences with the personal ads, isn't that Golden Shower girl in conversation with Lives-in-her-mother's-house-for-the-moment girl?

Edited to add: And yes, I didn't read Sky's opening paragraph properly . . . -doh!-