The night may be over, but the ramifications are just starting to be felt.



Steve: So, you finally broke it off with Rose.
Nate: Yep.
Steve: Crazy.

Nate: I know it was the right thing to do, but I can’t help feeling like I screwed up big time.
Steve (off-screen): Don’t worry about it, man. That girl was nothing but trouble.

Steve: Smart, funny, easy-to-talk-to, sexually adventurous trouble.

Posted on August 30, 2010 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.

33 Responses

  1. RotSman says:

    Sometimes the wrong thing to do is oh-so-delicious, though…

    …but yeah, Nate made the right move, I think. My question is whether Rose’s mom is still there. ^_^

  2. Geoff says:

    Sad. I feel so sorry for him :(

    • Abd Al-Azrad says:

      What the hell do you feel sorry for him for? He’s the one who decided to be an asshole about the whole thing, and treat it like Chris Hansen was hiding in the fucking bush every time Rose was around.

      If anything you should be angry at him.

      • Tyciol says:

        I don’t think we should be angry at him for his paranoia, but the way he casually talked about dumping her was rude. We are allowed to feel sorry for both of them. Moreso Rose though, since she seems more hurt whereas he’s merely frustrated.

  3. Where can I get that shirt?

  4. Thomas O. says:

    River City Ransom, right?

    That was a funny little game. I heard Code Monkeys based their character design on them. I miss Code Monkeys.

  5. Val Kilmer Batman says:

    I feel like Steve is staring at us in the last panel. Like what he’s saying is spoken to me. Like he’s gazing into my soul as he impart great wisdom. But then I remembered it was Steve.

  6. So is Steve going to go after Rose? Maybe get her in a mother-daughter threesome?

  7. Freeman says:

    Of course you screwed up big time. Fail whale, thy name is Nate.

  8. Sara E. says:

    Rub it in Steve, rub it in.

    (Also why do I have a feeling that Rose’s mom is somewhere in the apartment?)

  9. Ariamaki says:


    How in the hell was that the right thing to do?
    You lead a girl on, you lie, you misinterpret bullshit to cover your ass, you treat her like dirt and act like a moron, and you say it was the right thing to do?

    And you do this all to a great person who goes out of her way to accommodate you and put up with your neurosis.

    You are a goddamn idiot.

    • Eternity says:

      But… he didn’t lie to her. Where did he lie to her?
      He said he liked her, and he does. The biggest mistake he made was his last comment to her about her age.

  10. Tony McGirr says:

    The next morning (actually late afternoon).

    Heh, love that.

  11. G. Tibbles says:

    Well, now that Rose is off the hook, this comic might go from mostly SFW to mostly NSFW.

    Awwwrighttttt :D

  12. Rent-A-Geek says:

    SFW…NSFW…who cares/// I have a privacy filter on my monitor. You have to be at the exact angle and height of my head to see the vaguest shape of what is on my screen. Now, if you wuld just stop hitting the firewall that informs me that the comic I am attempting to view is pornographic or sexual with 100% probability, I may even survive the corporate WebNazi.

  13. Tylar says:

    Please make a comic that makes me stop hating Nate for Friday’s comic some time soon.

  14. OverlordLaharl79 says:

    Nate, you’re an idiot. You have a great girl who’s willing to love you, who was willing to wait for you(even though she got a little impatient)… in the words of Red Foreman… “dumbass”

  15. Ray says:

    Right thing to do!? Nate must be a mad man, and yeah, soooo waiting to see if Rose’s mom is still there make her come outta Derek’s room to really fuck with ppl lol, and what happened to Rose’s friend, Ayna was it? she still drunk and in Derek’s room too :D

  16. Eric says:

    And the seeds for regret are planted. What could have been.

    The ‘right thing’ is safe. But after playing it safe all your life you eventually stop and ask… when did I live?

    And really should Steve be walking? After Rose’s mom was done with him he should need a wheelchair.

  17. Esquire says:

    I want that shirt so bad. River City Ransom was my life as a child!

    Also, I hope Nate realizes what a mistake he’s made soon before its too late…

  18. Steve says:

    Steve, you’re a jerkhole. And I say that *being* a Steve, so you can imagine how serious I must be. :-P

  19. Ambiguous says:

    Just as I get really into this comic it ends, and here I was hoping for a long one after the first one being done in 03.

    Awesome comic mate, loving it. Now get back to work and draw more!!! :)

  20. Power_ranger_skull says:


  21. JP says:

    Me thinks Steve hasnt gotten any in a LONG time, hence him nagging Nate about breaking up with Rose. He just liked having some eye candy around.

  22. DR says:

    well frankly taking of a stupid little girl like that is kinda wrong so why not

    responsibility FTW

    • Tyciol says:

      I don’t think she is stupid. I think it is prejudicial to come to conclusions like that, especially throwing around phrases in a mean-spirited pejorative fashion like ‘little girl’.

      Furthermore, it wouldn’t be taking advantage in an abusive manner considering she’s clearly experienced, informed and willing.

      Who are you to say what or whom Nate ‘should’ be “doing”?

  23. Jetstream says:

    Man, thirty seconds on wikipedia would obviate every conflict in this entire thing.

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