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  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Hmm.

    I wonder if the vendor just assumed they were a couple on their way to the first “parent meeting”, and got jealous.
    Oooooor if there’s something else. Maybe the way he made the coins “appear” with his sleigh of hand. He doesn’t like magicians ?

    Good to see you again, Harriet, Sidney !

    • Jonathan Trouba

      Nah, his manager has been harping on him to change the sign for over a week now, after the district manager came through for an inspection. Cart guy just doesn’t want to do it because he’s lazy, but his manager left him in a foul mood so he’s being spiteful to Sidney.

      • =Tamar

        Flower-cart guy definitely has a different attitude from the fruit-selling guy next to him. One’s frowning and has his arms folded, the other is smiling and gesturing widely, and that’s before the sleight of hand. Maybe he didn’t like the suit and top hat?

        • Phlebas

          Indeed, it’s entirely possible the not liking magicians theory is right without waiting for the sleight of hand – Sidney does rather dress the part.

      • Darkoneko Hellsing

        Alright, this is canon now.

        More seriously, Harriet did sense something was wrong in panel 1.

  • Shadow of the Sun

    Hooray, we get to see the main character again!
    It’s good to have you back, Gren!

    • Del

      The star of this comic has always been… Harriet’s pipe.

      • Johannes Hjortshøj

        IKR? It steals the show every time

        • Del

          I was introduced to this comic by a pipe-smoking young lady on a pipe-smoking internet board…. a few panels into Sleight of Hand. I’ve been hooked, ever since.

      • EveryZig

        Pipe? Ceci n’est pas une pipe.

    • Carouselkie

      And looking very dignified too!

  • Cooper

    I’m assuming that Sid immediately and unknowingly retrieved that extra twopence he just paid.

    • TachyonCode

      Hopefully. Although it’s not very bright to discuss the reason you’re buying the flowers in front of a florist who’s more interested in your money than your happiness – that’s just gonna raise the price on the spot, especially if the flowers are for a special special occasion (or a special-sounding special occasion).

      • Nightsbridge

        Might have been a matter of racial prejudice as well, who can say.

        • I thought that possible too, but that florist looks darker than Sidney.

          • Nightsbridge

            Makes it less likely I admit – didn’t register the florist’s skin color – but not impossible.

          • William Rice

            Prejudice knows no prejudice

            • maeverin

              THANKYOU. i’m gettin’ real tired of the whole “only white people can be prejudice.”

              • Just gonna head this conversation off right now for everyone’s own good- It’s not a race thing, that’s too heavy a topic for this comic, and I’m not interested in having this particular debate go any further here.

                Thanks!

                • Euodiachloris

                  Personally, I thought it was down to a few possible things:
                  1) He’s starting to run out of flowers (given which Sin is turning up, a rush on flowers can be expected). Sellers’ market, dude: deal. ;)
                  2) He doesn’t particularly like Barber girls (they’re unconventional, bossy, picky, that one smokes!, they never clear the flipping access!… whatever).
                  3) He doesn’t like dogs. Dog walkers get his special rate. :P
                  4) Performers are worse than dogs: stage-types get charged until they bleed. And, these two scream “weird”. ;P

          • JediaKyrol

            because only white people are racist! Everyone else gets along fine.
            But really…following the conversation, it seemed he just saw a chance to make an extra buck… … …err…tuppence…and took it.

            • Like I said below, can we not do this conversation here? Thanks!

              • JediaKyrol

                sorry…sorry…I’m not too good at reading ahead.

                • Not a problem, the nested comments make it harder than it needs to be.

          • removed per mod reqeust that we not have this discusion, sorry

        • dana

          Sid is well-spoken, well-dressed and produced the coins with a little slight-of-hand.

          Could be class prejudice, not everything is racial prejudice.

        • Cooper

          Dear god what have I started.

          • Nightsbridge

            the beginning of the end, my friend

    • J.C.

      Is he still cursed? It didn’t come up in their second story so I wasn’t sure.

      • Qwefg Lockheart

        To be fair nobody stole anything from him during the second story. Besides he has gotten a better handling on his curse… or atleast gotten better at stopping moments that would cause it or hiding the fact that it happened. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if he had another bundle of flowers appear in his jacket after that price raise.

      • It came up once or twice- he stole Vee’s purse and a couple of grenade keys- but nothing major.

        • Sanjay Merchant

          I realize I’m late to this, but I’d say stealing grenade keys counts as major.

  • kuku

    I wonder what Harry was hrm’ing about before the price of flowers even went up? Hmmm… how will this connect to the necklace… Ah well lovely to see these guys again even if I have nothing clever to comment.

    • Lleyn

      Yeah, Harry was hrming a lot on this page, in the last panel as well, when Sid wondered what that was about. Something in the air, perhaps, something doesn’t ‘smell’ right or seems off to her? As we all wonder about the reason for the florist’s attitude (he was also rather rude, in addition to greedy), I doubt it is something easily explained away. Darn, where’s Mal when you need him!

      • The florist is from Yorkshire…

        • Lleyn

          *lol* Ah, that explains everything. He wasn’t behaving rude, he was behaving normal!

      • kuku

        Though I suppose she could just be hrm’ing at the thought that a guy is buying flowers on her/her family’s behalf – uncomfortable with that kind of thing. But it did seem like she was suspicious, something in the air as you said.

      • I’m guess she’s just not happy about this whole Family Meeting business . . . plus, you know Florrie is going to be in shipping mode with Sid there with her . . .

        • Lleyn

          I bet Harry’s not too thrilled about this family meeting and Florrie falling over herself with glee what with both Wolfe and Sid there, but the way she glanced sideways at the florist, and hrm’ed at Sid’s remark makes me wonder if there isn’t something more going on.

  • Trey Glover

    I don’t know if the people in the comments section are doing that thing where they pretend to not get it as a joke, or if they actually don’t get it, but, like… I’m pretty sure the price went up because he’s not white, guys.

    Edit: nevermind, the shopkeeper is also not white. I don’t know how I missed that at first. My bad.

    • Bloodplum

      Neither is the florist.

    • Katie Elaine Mackenzie

      neither is the flower vender, so I doubt that’s it.

  • Reader

    A sudden influx of greed! But we already had that guy… hmmm

    • Phil

      My thought too, now that 5 of the deadlies are loose, I think we’re going to see more and more people being affected by them. The florist could have both greed for the extra coin as well as envy for the assumption that Sid and Harriet are a couple.

  • Kaunisenkeli

    Sid… you’re a boobyhatch and you just got conned.

    • Darkoneko Hellsing

      He’ll find the pennies back in his hat anyway.

  • TheMeddler

    Yay, they’re back! I’m kinda hoping Sidney’s parents show up in this one, then everyone’s family will meet and hilarity will ensue >:-)

  • Chug

    I’m pretty sure the raise in price was because he used slight-of-hand to produce the pennies. With an evil magic user having just been beheaded (unless I have the timeline messed up), there may be some anti-magic sentiment around.

    • Phlebas

      I think we’re back in the present today, going by the people present and style of dress.

      • Lleyn

        Yeah, looks like the previous pages were just the set-up for the story that will involve “our” set of characters, and they are set in a Victorian-type era (or a bit before that, since Victoria has been referred to as princess, not queen yet in a previous chapter). So, time-jump from medieval times to “present” day and methinks a certain Duke may still be around…

        • JaneB

          Looks more Tudor-ish to me, than Medieval… surely the royal figure was the Great Gloriana or this world’s equivalent?

      • Chug

        OK. I’m not the most observant person in the world :)

    • TheGorram Batguy

      On the anti-wizard prejudice, I’m inclined to think you’re right. But, we’ll see.

  • Stephen E Wilson Jr.

    The price raise might be just because of his association with one the Barbers or the fact that he’s a mage. Time will tell.

    • dana

      Maybe the flower vendor is just being a jerk.

      If being a jerk isn’t one of the seven deadly sins, it should be.

      • TheGorram Batguy

        Jerkishness is the secret bonus deadly sin.

  • Amperzand

    Oh, hey, there’s a comment section for this. :D I’ve really enjoyed Widdershins so far!

    • Lleyn

      *lol* You’re bit late to the party, but better late than never!

      • Amperzand

        Hah, indeed I am. :P

  • Neoriceisgood

    Two years! Wow.

    • Marvelous TK

      Yeah no kidding. How can it have been two years since Vanishing Act already? Time, what are you doing to me?

  • Mah.

    Damnit Harry, it is only the third page in this chapter, and you have already said “hrm” two times. Have some enthusiasm jeez.

  • Deepbluediver

    I’ve never been much of a haggler myself, but I understand it’s really big in some cultures.

    • kuku

      Ordinarily the seller starts with a high price and comes down if you seem uninterested, not the other way around.

  • Nonesuch

    If Lust is already on the move, then maybe all the flowers are being bought by gallant swains and ardent young men looking to score points with the ladies of their affection, thus inflating the price?

    That, or the flower-seller is a jerk who raised the price because Sid and Harry look well-dressed, which equals wealthy.

  • Talewinds

    The love/lust for money is the root of all evil….
    The last of the 7 deadly sins may be making an early appearance.

  • Khlovia

    Noooo! I’ve caught up! Aaargh!
    I hate catching up. [pout]

  • Guest

    Spent the whole day reading this comic, and so far, it is one of the most endearing webcomic I cam across. Keep up the good work !

  • MrAtn

    Spent the whole day reading this comic, and so far, it is one of the most endearing webcomic I came across. Keep up the good work

  • Ilmari

    “These nerds”? Oh, I am shocked. There’s no call for hate speech. ;-)

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