Covenant (NSFW)

Covenant (NSFW)

Taking control of the situation as always.


Arne (holding Sudafed): Dude. Nice!

Tracy: Arne! Get the fuck out of here!
Arne *taking cellphone pictures* : Why would I do that? This is great blackmail material. I’ll accept offers starting now.

Tracy: Fine, we’ll do this your way. You let me delete those pictures, I let you WATCH.

[Arne closes door]

Posted on March 4, 2011 at 12:00 am in Treading Ground. Follow responses to this post with the comments feed. You can leave a comment or trackback from your own site.

141 Responses

  1. N/A says:

    That that is a sight for sore eyes indeed.

  2. Andrew K says:

    Hooray! Best outcome ever! I was thinking for a sec that the crazy negro guy would walk in, or else the vampire. But you do not disappoint man!

    • NotTheNegroGuy says:

      Negro Guy? That derelict do-gooder had best not show his face around here, or else he’ll have to tangle with the malicious malevolent might of NotTheNegroGuy!!!!!

      • Kramegame says:

        I believe he was referring to Purvous.

        • The Dark One says:

          Baron is starting to think they are one in the same

          • The Negro Guy says:

            The Negro Guy says The Negro Guy ain’t that dumbass.

            • The Inner Asshole says:

              The Inner Asshole mockingly points out the irony of a person, negro or otherwise, who defends his intelligence with the use of the word ‘ain’t’…. as in “That word still ain’t in any dictionary” (and ‘don’t’ count.

              • The Negro Guy says:

                The Negro Guy laughs with the inner asshole, finally noticing his error in word choice. The Negro Guy was to tired to remember not to be black.

              • Gildogg says:

      't begs to differ, with sources including Random House Dictionary and Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition

              • qka says:

                Actually, “ain’t” was a proper spoken English contraction about 200 years ago. The American founding fathers – Washington, Jefferson, et al. would have used “ain’t” in their daily conversations.

                • Llethander says:

                  Actually, the word “ain’t” is both an American colloquialism and contraction. AMERICAN colloquialism, meaning the only place the word “ain’t” is correct English is in the United States of America. Everywhere else in the world it is bastardized English.

                  Remember, kids, it’s Care-ah-mel, not Car-mul.

                  • MJSox says:

                    The English language is a bastard with many fathers. according to your point it’d all be incorrect no matter the dialect or culture it’s spoken through. To say ain’t isn’t correct is more of a classist culture thing. The logic in it’s use follows the norm for all other contractions. And When in Rome, do as Romans do.

                  • Foley says:

                    Ain’t is considered poor English now, but I’m really not sure why… it is a contraction of “am not”, and its derivation is “amn’t”…a word that has dropped out of existence in standard English. It was once equally as correct to say “I ain’t” for “I am not” like one would say “I’m not” for “I am not”.

                    Just like we would continue to say, for example “He hadn’t gotten far” OR “He’d not gotten far” for “He had not gotten far”.

                    Basically, we’ve decided on ‘good’ English based on how it sounds :p

              • Mike says:

                Sorry but “ain’t” HAS become recognized by at least one main-stream dictionary.


                World English Dictionary
                ain’t (eɪnt) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]

                —contraction of
                am not, is not, are not, have not, or has not: I ain’t seen it

                Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
                2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
                Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
                Cite This Source

  3. Jay says:

    So much win.

  4. Snowfire says:

    She has some excellent negotiation skills.

  5. Sentora says:

    The hell with watching if I had that blackmail opportunity.
    Then again, who knows what you’d catch from that bitch.

    • The Negro Guy says:

      The Negro Guy agrees. That bitch needs to go down, and not in that sense.

      • MJSox says:

        Oh come on! She’s only been with two guys we know of! Thats what, two less than Rose. She uses sex for power. That makes her a bitch, not a whore, especially a dirty whore. Mind you, shes not sucking Arne too, just allowing him to watch. If she was a whore, she’d actualy had done the former.

        Also, You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means….

  6. Sara E. says:

    And how does Nate feel about this proposition? Or does he have no say in the matter? (I imagine he does not)

  7. Chase says:


    • Jaded Cynic says:

      Yeah, didn’t we? *high fives*

      This has turned out a little better than *I* expected it to…then again Arne has NOT yet deleted/let Tracy delete the pics.

      I foresee him reneging on the deal.

  8. RotSman says:

    FIVE panels? Holy crap…

  9. Philip says:

    Tracy FTW!

    Seriously, talk about calm during a stressful situation! Makes me wonder if this is the first time she’s been caught and had to negotiate her way out of it…

  10. Ryutso says:

    Was that a click of the door closing after Arne left, or the click of Arne locking the door?

    • Nick Wright says:

      He’s locking the door. If I wanted him to suddenly get some principles or something, I’d have shown him walking away.

      Also, only Managers and the HBA clerk have the key to the HBA Room. That’s why Miranda handed off the Sudafed box to Arne.

      (Note how I deftly neglected to mention that until now…)

  11. Ejja says:

    So we get the 3sum and then pervus walks in.
    Well played sir! Well played indeed!

  12. Minty-Phresh says:

    dem nips

  13. Better name than yours says:

    oh sir just made my smile go ear to ear. as soon as I tuned in I seen Arne I had a smile, as the strip progressed it got longer. a pretty win update.

    • Snowfire says:

      You saw Arne’s smile first?

      Damn, my eyes went straight to the breasts before my brain even engaged.

      • Better name than yours says:

        oh no, not Arne’s smile. As soon as I looked at the first panel and seen him my smile began to sprout, then over time as I slowly went from panel to panel my smile much like a great oak tree grew to epic proportions to the point where I could run around asking people why they where so srs.

  14. lcpl210 says:

    Wow, was not what I was expecting. Awsome twist. I love this comic and eagerly wait for each new page.

  15. Bubbaclaw says:

    For a skank, Tracy has some nice tits. *wolf whistles*

  16. Brasca says:

    Now I know why she gets away with so much. She can play Arne without any problems.

  17. arjay2813 says:

    b/c i’ve seen a lot of pokemon-related posts on websites, this popped into my head (and yes it doesnt really work well, is bad, but w/e):
    Tracy used Lust
    its super effective
    wild Arne is in Lust with Tracy

  18. Plasmo says:

    I so called it, everyone else was thinking Purvous or Miranda. No even though I never commented it I knew all along that wouldn’t happen and it would end up being Arne.

  19. Brasca says:

    I’m only now realizing this. Where’s Nate?

  20. DiDi says:

    If Nate is still there on Monday, I’m gonna like lose all hope in him and stuff.

    Because he just got a bloody out and wouldn’t take it.

    For shame, I would say. For shame!

  21. Los says:

    Dammit, she is effing DIRTY. Almost but not quite nearly respectably so.

  22. Dr. wonderful says:

    Tracey got skills.


    *aHEM* I’m done.

  23. Kramegame says:

    I bet Arne already sent those to his email. Just in case. XD

    • Jaded Cynic says:

      Yeah, good point – she may be cunning, but he’s a fucking supermarket survivor. Hell, he THRIVES in this slightly byzantine environment; I’d already posed that he’d renege on Tracy’s proposed deal (*after* he’d gotten what he can from the situation), and this gives him the perfect means – he DOES let her delete the pics…off of his *phone*. But she doesn’t realize he reflexively mailed the pictures to himself on some other device/location, so he still holds the clout over her after, and without actually breaking the wording of their deal. :)

  24. Purvousfan says:

    It was not Purvous, though this is almost as good.

    Still…we need more Purvous.

  25. The Negro Guy says:

    Achievement: You A Ho Now.
    Achievement: Missed Chance.
    Achievement: Voyeur.
    Achievement: Shitty-Spidy-Sense.
    Achievement: Cum-Bucket.
    Achievement: Morality Killer.
    Achievement: Vacuum.
    Achievement: Pathetic Attempts to Keep Your Man 101.

    The Negro Guy hopes Nate grows some balls and storms out of there. I don’t have a enough achievements for them.

  26. Greenwood Goat says:

    I wonder if Arne knows how file deletion works, and that if he removes the memory card, the “deleted” pictures will be recoverable. I wonder if he has a PC at home, and the necessary skills, and Photoshop, and the necessary skills for that. Or if he has an even more reprehensible friend with same, and a 4chan account. Then again, I wonder whether Nate or Tracy know the inner workings of file deletion too.

    Arne: There, gone!

    Nate: Uh huh. Now we gotta overwrite the memory…

    Arne: Is that the time?! I gotta get back on duty!

    Tracy: (kneels) Titty bukkake?

    Arne: (hands over phone) Sigh. Do what you must.

  27. Yorkie says:

    Pardon me for asking but what the F*** is a HBA Room.
    By the way the comic is brill

    • Lee says:

      HBA: Health & Beauty Aids

      So, an HBA room would be where the overstock for such items are stored for safe keeping. I guess anyway- we had no such room where I worked.

      • Yorkie says:

        many thanks, i`m from the other side of the pond we call that a stock room

        • Nick Wright says:

          Here they just refer to the entire back room of the store as the stock room. HBA is locked away presumably because of the drugs.

          • Bill M. says:

            Not just because of the drugs, but all the other high dollar merchandise. All those ointments, supplements, and other stuff costs a lot and is in tiny containers. Just one of the aisles in a store like theirs can easily have over two thousand dollars in merchandise, where as put food in the same amount of space, only a couple hundred dollars.

    • Yorkie says:

      AAAAHHHH that would be V&A stores

  28. Purvousfan says:

    Kind of unrelated to this strip, but I’m sort of hoping that out of nowhere later on Trevor reveals all kinds of hidden depths of character and intelligence that no one could have ever predicted were there.

    …I’m very doubtful this will happen, however.

  29. Enrico says:

    Roll for diplomacy!

  30. That Jewish Dude says:

    That Jewish dude was not expecting Arnie.


  31. Jay says:


  32. Rock says:


    Once upon a time, I seem to recall having said it was unfair to call her a harlot without evidence. Here’s the evidence.

    I don’t like it; this is beyond harlotry and well into icky territory – by my tastes, anyway.

  33. Ginger says:

    Talk about an offer he couldn’t refuse.

  34. Kobra says:

    Fool!!! She was in no position to make negatiations after he took the pics of her, he could have had it any way he wanted it!
    At least that’s how I’v seen it be done in certain cinima.

    • Kramegame says:

      But, two things. 1. Arne is the jackass, which means he can be manipulative at times, but mostly just goes from distraction to distraction. 2. He said start the bidding. most girls would either go after the phone, hide in shame, or pretend said pictures were never taken, and deny them later. However, Tracy, actually put up an offer, and since Arne was too distracted by the tits to think, he agreed to the first offer given. Plus he knows what Tracy is like, and may try to jump in while watching.

  35. destoria says:

    gotta say that was unexpected :O but good outcome

  36. elaborinth8993 says:

    I am paraphasing Family Guy here, but as they said

    “Arne what did I tell you about trading sexual favors for Sudafed?”

  37. Eric says:

    Oh yes, I like Tracy. She’s good at this.

  38. Passerby says:

    I take it he agreed to delete them, but he may not have agreed to refrain from discreetly sending those pictures elsewhere before giving Tracy the phone.

  39. Ray says:

    I kind of look like that naked! lol :P My tits are nicer though. :D

  40. ifcndsnds says:

    just putting this out there, threesome, not gonna happen i know but a guy can dream right

  41. That One Mexican says:

    TOM has been dying all this week waiting for this, and TOM also loves how Nate has absoloutly no say in the matter.

  42. Hinoron says:

    Tracy: “I’ll see your bet, and RAISE!”
    Arny: “All In!”

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