Hope sits yet hiding her war-wearied eyes,
Doubt sets her forehead earthward and denies,
But fear brought hand to hand with danger dies,
Dies and is burnt up in the fire of fight.
Partial John update (as in, everything but the main fight scene, sorry), as well as a short POV section that should clear up some things about Crabdad’s, you know, imminent retirement. Or lack thereof, as the case may be. Because I do have a plan for that, you know. It’s not a thing that stopped happening or anything. It’s just I planned to bring it up four or five chapters from now, but someone mentioned it and I was like shit man five chapters is too long a gap, people are going to get confused.
Karkat has had a lot on his plate, after being away from home for so long, and he somehow failed to notice that the time of Crabdad’s reassignment came and went, like, literally chapters ago.
This is for good reason. If you really thought Crabdad would retire without a fight, you haven’t been paying attention. He is, after all, a master of the subplot double reacharound, but alas, said subplot doesn’t fully kick in until [SpOiLeRs ReDaCtEd] shows up.
Let’s just say you all should have paid more attention to Bro Strider’s POV if you want to understand the enigma wrapped inside a taco hidden inside a flabby crustacean shell that is Crabdad…