I lost track of how many times I redrew Lao’s face in panel 6. No matter what I do it just doesn’t look right. @_@

Ironically, when I started drawing him in the last panel, I thought “this is gonna suck. I should just.. wing it and let it be bad.” then I somehow drew him looking the most like himself I’ve ever done.

Also I hope you’ll forgive me for having a small adventure happen off screen. I know that’s the opposite of “show-don’t-tell” but I’m trying to power through to reach the important parts of this arc so I’ve done some reduction to streamline it. So for now you really only need to know that something happened while they were away. >>