Life During Bore-time

The year’s most utterly predictable FW arc rolls into its fifth week. To recap:

  1. Wally announces he’s heading into his final semester; Funky and Rachel remark on Wally’s progress vs. post-traumatic stress disorder.
  2. We meet Adeela, Wally’s hijab-wearing classmate. Wally and Adeela are thrown together as study partners.
  3. Without even really trying, the two decide they can’t get along, and agree to ask their professor to assign them different partners.
  4. The sound of a loud siren sends the two into a panic; when they regain their senses they learn it was merely a test of the campus tornado warning siren.

Now, let the bonding commence. Before their scare, Adeela refused to sit at the same table as Wally. Now she sits thisclose, and shares a memory about her life back home. Is Batiuk channeling Yogi Berra here? “…when you went back to bed, you’d be up for the rest of the night” feels kind of like “It’s so crowded, nobody goes there anymore.” Except, you know, not funny, although Wally’s rejoinder does draw a wry smirk from Adeela.


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19 responses to “Life During Bore-time

  1. Louder

    Wow!! What insight BatHack shows into PTSD! Can’t go back to sleep huh? Makes a serious psychological condition sound like indigestion. Great empathy there, Pulitzer Prize here we come!

  2. Epicus Doomus

    It’s like he’s writing this for babies. “I used to hate…”, uh yeah, sure Adeela, nice insight there. Wally’s annoying enough but this Adeela is just awful, the most dismal new character he’s cranked out in a while, at least since Darin’s weird half-sister. Even characters like Buck and Vera have more personality than this drippy caricature does.

    • The Nelson Puppet

      Wait till Adeela finds out her long-lost daughter is being parented by John Howard! Stay tuned for next week’s arc, “OH, THE FATWAS YOU’LL ISSUE!”

    • Charles

      Even characters like Buck and Vera have more personality than this drippy caricature does.

      Hey, let’s not get crazy here.

      • Epicus Doomus

        Buck has brain damage and Vera spent seventy years waiting to hear from a washed-up reclusive C-list communist sympathizer. Their respective stories are every bit as dismal as Adeela’s is. Yet they both occasionally grin and crack wise. Adeela is the most dismal non-regular Act III character so far, beating out luminaries like Darin’s weird half-sister and Phil Holt. She’s still nowhere near as dismal as Linda, however, but then again no one is.

  3. countoftowergrove

    Adeela is now a full-fledged member of the Fungyverse now that she’s smirking.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    “You’re scared of the same things I am! I guess it doesn’t matter anymore that you’re Muslim!”

  5. billytheskink

    Is the blind guy in panel 3 going to be the subject of the next “substantial ideas” story arc?

  6. Given that press-ganging a gardening club into raking up Ed Crankshaft’s lawn looks like a more compelling story, Batiuk should probably stop and ask what he’s doing with his life.

  7. Wally & Adeela, by hurling themselves to the ground and not dutifully marching into the temple, have enraged the Morlocks, who will emerge from the basement of the student union to wreak vengeance upon the student body for this breach of protocol despite the sounding of “all clear.”

  8. hitorque

    “Well now Woilee, now that we’ve bonded over each other’s shared traumatic experience, are we going to fuck or not?!? What, just because I’m Muslim joo tink that I can’t get stretched out in all three holes by huge shafts as well as a Western girl?? That sounds like a challenge to me!”

    (Yes, I’m sorry for going in this direction… But I can’t think of any other way to make this even halfway interesting.)

  9. Professor Fate

    Again just to be pedantic the US is the only country in the area with an active air arm. Neither of them would have ever heard an air raid siren. Ever. And even if Aleeda was living deep inside territory controlled by hostile forces its highly unlikely she heard anything like an air raid siren – Stealth bombers, smart bombs and cruise missiles and such give very little warning which is their point.
    Anyway the Author seems to have confused PTSD with ‘easily startled by loud noises’ which is so not the case.

  10. Does anyone in the Funkyverse age normally? Walleye looks like he’s 75 in panel three. Another sad effect of PTSD, I guess. Or the burn pits over there. Or living in Westview.

  11. bayoustu

    Look at that beak on Wally in panel 3!! Do they use it to open the industrial size cans of “tomato sauce” at Montoni’s when the can opener goes on the blink?!

  12. Hannibal's Lectern

    Taking the word “you” at face value, I conclude that when Wally went back to bed after the sirens stopped, Adeela had to stay up the rest of the night. Hmm. Maybe whatever corner of Ahia Bathack grew up in had some really strange bed-sharing traditions…