One Unforgettable Evening - Redemption (The David Christmas Special III)

3/19/2022

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View Transcript [December 24th]
[(Eight weeks later)]

Bob: GUYS I FIGURED IT OUT!
David: GYAAH!

David: Good *lord*, man, if you're gonna give me a heart attack, at least do it *after* I've opened my presents!

Bob: But I've got my results! I know what happened during the Halloween party!
And why, even!

Bob: Besides, *you* wanted me to do this.

David: Why me?

Bob: So I found a few things that *could* have screwed with your minds...
David: How much is a few?

Bob: Oh plenty of things. The Forget-Me-Ray, the Phone Cleanser, the Memory Magnet, the pure liquid form of Bobonium if ingested orally, among others.

David: You *drank* your own unstable radium isotope?
Bob: I woke up three days later on the toilet. The events of those days I *never* want to learn.

Bob: *But*, by process of elimination, I figured out that the Memoray was the problem!
Turns out one of its side effects is memory loss that doesn't manifest itself for nine weeks!

Transcript (still continued):
Bob: And, with my highly advanced surveillance system, I found out *exactly* what happened that night.

David: *"Highly advanced surveillance system"*?
Bob: There are things that I felt it best to keep you guys in the dark about.

David: Okay, forget all that, just keep explaining.

Bob: Well, I'll let the video footage do the majority of the explaining.

Bob: But, I suppose I *can* explain the Memoray.

Bob: See, the Memoray emits a harmonic frequency meant to stimulate the brain.
Unfortunately, the frequency emitted by the Memoray stimulated the wrong pat of the brain.

[Beat]

David: I'm gonna be totally honest, I understood none of that.
Bob: Frankly, neither do I.

Bob: And here she is. The security control panel.
David: Wow.
Grace: Good lord.

David: Wait, since when did you get here?
Grace: I know things about this house that *none* of you do.

David: Right then.

Bob: I'll pull up the footage captured on Halloween...

Bob: ...and behold! Everything you forgot!

[The screen powers on]

[It's 2:30 AM on November 1st, David and Grace are asleep]

David: This... feels wrong.
Bob: This *is* wrong. I overshot.

[It's 4:15 PM on October 29th, Steve The Penguin and Tiny David are having a pillow fight]

Bob: Wait, I've undershot.
David: I *knew* they messed with my bed.

[It's 10:00 PM on October 31st, nobody is in the bedroom]

Bob: Wait, I can get a closer time.
David: Oh no, we're waiting it out.

[Three hours later...]
Bob: Gyaaaah I can't keep my eyes open this long!

David: Wait shut up, the light turned on!

[1 AM-ish on November 1st]
David: *God*.
That was... everything.
Like, at once.

Grace: Yeah, it...
...it was nice.

Grace: We... we *never* have this much time together.
I almost didn't want it to end.

David: Wait, what do you mean?

Grace: I... I planned this party for us. I wanted to do something special.

David: And that's why I wasn't involved in the planning?

Grace: Exactly. This was all for you.

David: Thanks.
That *was* nice.
Grace: Aww, you don't have to.

[They look deeply into each other's eyes]

[Back in the present]
Bob: So, uh, does that clear anything?

Bob: ...guys?
You're not saying anything... so...

David: Look, it... at this point, it doesn't matter.

Grace: I held that party for one reason, and knowing that it worked is all I need to know.

David: Besides, it's Christmas. We can't stay mad at you today.
Grace: Merry Christmas, Bob.

Bob: And you guys are asleep. Damn that's fast.
David: Welp.
Grace: Mystery two solved!

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Author Notes

3/19/2022, 12:46 PM Once again, a few things to point out here:

1. I'm not gonna lie, this one was a little rushed, and it didn't totally turn out how I wanted it to. Admittedly this slight dissatisfaction could be hindsight because I consider the finales to arcs 5 and 6 (6 especially) to be some of the strongest strips I've ever written.

2. I clearly haven't reread this strip as much as I do some of my other ones, because I completely forgot about the Bobonium joke on page 2 until yesterday. I don't think I've ever laughed harder at one of my own jokes.

3. I actually did consider making strip 103 the first strip of this arc when I posted it here. I didn't because I realized that it probably would've made the "why doesn't David remember anything" mystery unravel a whole lot sooner.

4. For the curious, while they didn't do it on Halloween, David and Grace have definitely become sexually active between the end of this arc and the point in the strip where I'm at now (I should probably bring that up in-strip at some point).

Comments:

3/20/2022, 8:12 PM I imagined at some point they would get together like that. It was only a matter of time!

Well, on the bright side, at least they didn't do the deed and totally not remember it. That would have sucked.
3/20/2022, 8:29 PM "Sucked" is putting it lightly.
5/22/2022, 6:26 AM Poor them imagine you had a cute wonderful date with your partner and someone TOOK YOUR MEMORIES AWAY
5/22/2022, 12:25 PM Enough alcohol would probably give you the same result, so it's not out of the question...