hope this page is clear enough with what's happening here. and btw- grabbing the sword is a totally legal move, even in real swordfights. the rapier, being a thrusting sword, had practically no cutting edge at all and the blade could most certainly be grabbed by a bare hand. that's also why Ori and Nic haven't been doing any slicing motions with them, b/c it wouldn't do much.
SO- sorry i missed the Saturday update, i totally could've made it, but i realized Thursday night that i had exactly two weeks until my sister and i are flying halfway across the country to go to camp and i want to finish chapter 1 before we go. so Friday and Saturday i was working a very little on this page and a very lot on the pencils for the other... ten pages left. if the page isn't too complicated (which they won't be) i can most likely get all the coloring/shading done in a few short hours, so i'm shooting to upload a page a day until the chapter is done! let's hope i don't kill myself in the process. i'm half hoping to finish making the pages this week, cuz my aunt is coming in a couple days too.
and as a side note: Essy is suuuuuuuuch a sweet little thing! labrador/German shorthair mix, we think, but we're not sure since we got her from a shelter. and all of you should totally adopt dogs if you're gonna get one. ^.^