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Missing Pieces Page 119 by AudreyCosmo13 Missing Pieces Page 119 by AudreyCosmo13
Page 119 and loads of text.

Ok now READ THAT DESCRIPTION, maybe it can help you.

At first, I hadn't plan on writing that last panel so, here is its story:
Most of MP had already been written (in case I die choking on a cookie some other talented artist can draw it!) when I met that guy, yes you know -that- guy, and fell in love with him. He didn't look like a very happy guy and I fell in that well-known trap: playing the St Bernard. I was blinded by love and sure I could make him change and be happy - because you know, I was SO different from the others - oooh that fatal error! At first it went ok as usual but very quickly, like in two months, he changed. He got angry for the most ridiculous reasons, he was never happy, always complaining. In fact he didn't change, he just showed himself as he really was underneath the pretense of the first months. Fastforwarding the numerous episodes of that disastrous relationship let's just say he ruined my life for more than a year and a half. The nicer I was, the more irritable he became (like sulking for a whole evening without saying ONE word because my salad dressing wasn't good enough <-- true story), the saddest I got. I fell into depression (I mean the real stuff), I lost 10 kilos in a few months, I cried almost every day because he gave me at least one reason to cry almost every day... I had no pleasure in life anymore, I wanted to do nothing, see nobody... I realized it was really bad the day when I thought I finally understood why some people wanted to commit suicide... and still it went on... because that type of guys knows how to prevent you from leaving, don't they...

And one day as I was reading my script for MP... I realized... I had become Zira! That character I had never really liked or understood? I was just like her! I couldn't understand her better!

That man was just like Scar. He didn't like himself and he was incapable of loving someone else. Worse, he was like a black hole (or an asshole I must say...): he sucked all my enthusiasm and my good moods away. I gave him all I could: my time, my love, my energy. It was never enough and he never gave me anything back. No love, not even tenderness, no fun, no "thank you", nothing but criticism and reproach, (and also the impression of being either a piece of furniture in my own house or a sex object...hmm so nice!)...

So ladies, here is my humble piece of advice. Should you meet someone who's always sulking, who's never happy about what he's got in life, who's never happy about what you do for him, who constantly belittles you or complain about what you do wrong while never emphasizing what you do right... RUN AWAY!!!!
Give that person the number of a good psychiatrist (he'll say no of course but that's none of your business) and run away.
Those guys are toxic and they know perfectly how to keep you under control, because they know perfectly how to make you feel guilty. For months I thought I was doing things wrong.. Don't make the same mistake, learn from mine and never ever waste your love and energy for someone who obviously doesn't love you back.
Oh sure, when you leave him he'll swear to God he loves you and he may even cry, but that's not love, that's just the reaction of a kid who's lost his favourite toy. Toys can be broken you know... and it's very hard to repair those wounds. So run away.
I was stupid not to see the signs and not to listen to my friends who all advised me against him.
But at least I learnt a good lesson.

Here is my final point:
When you love someone you're nice to him aren't you? And you want him to be happy. And you like saying nice things to him. You want to make him laugh. You don't want to be mean or hurt him. You're sad when you see him sad, aren't you?

So let's be logical shall we?: if your man makes you sad, if he isn't nice to you, if he doesn't want to kiss you or hug you, if he makes you cry, if he can resume watching his movie while you're crying on the other side of the sofa AND complain because your sobs prevent him from hearing what his fave actor is saying on screen (<-- true story), if whatever you do is never good enough to him, then he DOES NOT love you. And he's propably a heartless neurotic bastard. Period. Full Stop.

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Why did I write this?
- first because a lot of people in their comments don't understand Zira's reactions. And I can understand THEM. Nobody can understand this situation have they not experienced it themselves...
- second because I feel good now and I'd like to throw my happiness at that bastard's face!
- and last but not least because if I can help ONE single girl who'll remember this rant when she meets one of -those- guys, then I'll be happy.
I wish you all never to live what I lived.

Sorry for the grammar mistakes. And now back to the story...
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:iconlevatheshapeshifter:
Levatheshapeshifter Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
l I'm so sorry Zira!
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Nesuki Featured By Owner Edited Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh... I feel Zira... like a lot ... |D
And I feel you ;u; I am happy for you that you got your happy end <3

Great story! Keep up the good work! :heart:
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carmillad Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Wow, I admire you for sharing something so personal to help others to keep an eye open. Indeed, I think Zira's dedication towards Scar is blind and too intense to notice that he doesn't care about her the same way she does for him, and let's be honest here, there are many men and women in the same situation.
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VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never been in a romantic relationship...at all OR with somebody like that...In fact, I shy away from romance at all, but...

What do you do when the toxic person is not a romantic interest but a BOSS?  Probably not what I did, that's for sure, but I saw no other way out of it than to give her a piece of my mind.  I got out of it...but am still haunted by it, and I don't want to be anymore, but it keeps coming back.
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Grey-Wolf1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
I was in that same rift 3 years ago took me 8 months of neglecting friends, family, luckily no children where involved but it only got worse and abuse played a big part in it. I opened my eyes and shattered their face with a SHOE! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Power to the women in this world to fight back against these types of people who have no remorse.

Amazing story along the way. Good work on realizing what was in front of you, I hope it does help someone.
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scar111 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I'm so sorry about your old boyfriend
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julianwilbury Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Late comment, I dropped by your page and saw I wasn't following you anymore? The heck? Whatever, it's fixed.

I'm sorry. I figured whatever went down wasn't pretty, but of course, we hadn't talked in a long time so it didn't seen right to ask.
I'm just glad you're still here, and you've learned, and sharing your story with others, lest we end up like Zira did. 

*HUGS YOU TIGHT* Sorry we don't talk much anymore. I STILL need to draw some gryphons for you (would be better than the last stuff I drew for you :P ) What actually brought me back to your page was the pic of Nuka with little cubby Kovu... :)
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AudreyCosmo13 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Aww thank you for that comment. I'm sorry we don't talk much too. But I have to say Real Life (happy or not) is quite demanding; I'm not online as often as I'd like and I struggle to find time to draw.

Let's spread the love of gryphons/griffins/whatever! My next comic is about griffins now that you mention them. But slow as I am I'll probably upload the first page in 200 years! :D

:hugs:
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Esteff12 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Artist
My dear, thank you for sharing that part of your life with all of us. You are absolutely right on what you said, and be sure that you are saving more than one here.

pd: really awesome story!!
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VitaniZiraBubblegum Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my poor Zira, don't worry, I'm sure vitani will come soon
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KiraFoxx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
May I say I stumbled across your comic and took half an hour out of work time to read it, and I don't regret a single second. Missing Pieces is insanely good, to the point where it seems as if the script was straight from Disney.

As response to everything you said in your description, I'm not in that kind of relationship right now, but my sister is. He constantly terrorizes her emotions, makes her feel like she does everything wrong, then reels her back in after a break up (which has happened about fourteen times now). It pains me to see this happen. Especially since she'd call me sobbing in the middle of the night, then tell me everything is okay and to forgive him the next morning. What disheartens me even more is that every time I try to speak against him, she gets furious and defends him. It's like battered wife syndrome, only there's no marriage. I hope that they never get to marriage, but those are just hopes; she's been with him four torturous years.
I'm glad you broke out of that cycle. You have more strength and courage than most women, it's admirable.
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AudreyCosmo13 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you for your comment and I'm glad you like Missing Pieces.

I'm really sorry to hear about your sister and I hope she'll realize one day how he really is..
The sad thing in those stories is that you can't help the person. She's blind until something falls into place in her mind.
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Marcusaw Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Great story writing and I love how you added a personal connection and an inspirational message for women. It truly shows that you are a woman of many talents.
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AudreyCosmo13 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thank you :)
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Tsunaki-chan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
HI! Tout d'abord, juste "woah" pour ta BD, je la suis depuis quelques temps déjà et je la trouve juste géniale, tant au niveau du script que de ta maîtrise graphique ^^ Ensuite, une grand "woah" aussi (original n'est-ce pas?) pour ton histoire personnelle, je pense qu'il faut énormément de courage pour endurer la situation que tu as vécu et qu'il en faut d'autant plus pour s'en sortir moralement. Donc vraiment, j'ai beaucoup d'admiration pour toi. En espérant que ça aille mieux et qu'une autre page de MP pointe le bout de son nez dans un futur proche :) Hold on ;)
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AudreyCosmo13 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
hello! Un grand merci pour ce commentaire! Heureusement la page est belle et bien tournée. Et oui une nouvelle page ne devrait pas tarder mais bon avec les fêtes c'est dur dur!
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Tsunaki-chan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Je t'en prie et heureuse de savoir que ton histoire appartient au passé!Oui je me doute bien qu'il faut tout gérer et que cette période de l'année est bien remplie, courage à toi alors et patience pour nous lecteurs!
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oOAthenaOo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...I'm sorry about that guy and it's a good thing you got away from him! I love the last panel by the way. It is phrased beautifully and I can't think of a true-er statement. :)
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Hunting-wolf Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I'm SO happy you ran away from that guy. Truly, you deserve SO much better than him - every girl deserves better than one of -those- guys. I don't know for how long you've been away from him, but I hope that you from now on will have an abundance of love and happiness in your life (: And I love your comic!! :D
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DarkWhiteComic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Thank you for sharing your story. I'm sorry for what you went through but I'm glad that you shared what happen. I think you are very brave. I love this comic even more then I did before. <3
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ImperialEnchantress Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wow i feel like i just got advice from a guru. im so sorry for what you had to go through, but if i ever meet one of those guys i'll totally remember this!
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LuxBlack Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I understand perfectly. You should never let anyone, ESPECIALLY the loved person, to make you sad, not in a million years. But now it's just a bad memory ;)
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weasel-girl Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This might be a bit late, but let me say I am truley sorry for what you have suffered through. :(
I am glad you managed to get out of that relationship and eventually continue on with your life. That's the smart thing to do in a toxic relationship like that. I had never been in a relationship before but I have an idea on what a relationship should be like.
I have read about some girls who stay in a relationship like that because they claim the guy loves them or they can change him or they have good intentions or just because he's hot or/and misunderstood.
No, no, and NO on all three, especially the last!
Saying that a girl should stay in a toxic relationship just because the guy's hot or/and misunderstood is not an excuse to continue on suffering! I don't care if the guy's hot or had a crappy life, it doesn't excuse him for abusing you either physically or emotionally!
I would make a huge rant about it, but it would take too long.
Anyway, I applaud you for getting out of a relationship like that and from what I'm reading you eventually found your real prince charming.
Good for you! :hug:
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lew-leon-1 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I sympathize with you. Well, I'm a guy, but I suppose that there're also some girls like that... And I swear that I'm trying not to be such a miserable guy like that :D Great comic BTW, and I think that you're a great writer trying to find some connections between your life and the characters :).
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gmcopiece Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i love your story, please continue it every time you have chance!!!!
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thereturnofkopa Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i do feel bad for zira. idk why because i usually hate her, but this comic maked me feel so bad for her.
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MoonKissedVixen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student
Ive been through this. And it seemed as if he was trying to suck my very soul dry. It was so hard to leave when you think it's all you are doing wrong. Youre wrong and he's this perfect god you have to aim to please. I got away (he left for another girl) but it freed me. And Im so much better. So thank you for ranting. Because the best feeling next to being in love is knowing you are not alone.
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Mihasik Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I wish you'll find a person who deserves you and who'll trully love you.

And every man who read this should think whether he has somewhat Scar's in him and maybe try to cahnge for the better. Because, I found out, it's quite easy to turn into selfish jerk, even when you think you are the nicest and politest person in the world.
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AudreyCosmo13 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I did find that man :)
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Mihasik Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Oh, that's great! I'm happy for you =)
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psydemo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i was going to say 'i can relate with zira.. -.-' but then i read what youve gone threw... well, least you got to hangout with him! xD but no... you had it worse... mine simply ignored me, gave me excuses and excuses to never hanging out... he says that he is scared of my parents now!!!! does he need to see him? its been over a month since weve hung out, since we had actual fun... I got so peeved on how he used to call me stupid and an annoyance to everything!!! i lost it! i started crying every day, even in class... i couldnt hold it in anymore... i would get him everything... i spent all my hard urned money over the summer on a 3ds just for him! for goodness sakes, i dont even have a phone! i would get him his bus tickets, make him his lunch... i lost it so bad i couldnt even work anymore... i was too busy crying over everything he's done or not done.... so finally, i wrote him a letter expressing myself... rampaging about how he made me feel.... useless... i wanted to change him with that letter, i hadnt given up yet... but then he pulled me aside and broke up with me... youd think id be happy though, right? but the thing is... he was my bestfriend... we shared absolutly everything with echother before we even started going out! all of my other friends wrather are never there or couldnt understand me.... not even my mom understands me a screams at me for every single possible reason... i lost my best friend... my first boyfriend... the one who promised to always love me, that he will ALWAYS be there for me.... but he never is... he would always find the worst times to not be there or not listen, lie and/or simply walk away.... when i was having remembering problems, when my mom would treat me like dirt, when my nerve damage would be leaving me crying in pain (lots of concussions in my life..), when i would need help for test or project, when i would get home sick... when i would have problems eating too, he would always just ignore me, giving me anxiety... trapping me inside this world of physical and emotional pain.... traping me.... im claustrophobic and he was trapping me.... id be left into scratching at my arms, face and head trying to get out... but im trapped... even if we broke up, he's still the only friend i have left in the world.... he has me trapped....
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AudreyCosmo13 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
awww my...Ok he's your friend, but he's not really acting like one. If you're feeling bad a friend will always be there to comfort you. Don't let anybody get you down. From what I am reading he's using you and a true friend wouldn't do that. *hugs*
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psydemo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, hugs are awesome! *hugs back* and thanks again... im trying to get over it, how he changed... and im hoping that eventually we could be as tight as we were, way back when... but its true, i should probably just let go. but my other friends are never there and always have problems of their own... my friends, i talk to them once or twice a week? but thats usually in class too... i would try to turn to them, they would just walk away... yet, there is absolutly nothing wrong in which ive ever done... i tried my best, and thats what counts! i should be happy it hadnt gotten any worse! oh well... life moves on :/
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Blueshsky Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry for what you've been through. I hope MY first boyfriend is like that.
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psydemo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah... good lucks to you, hope everything goes the way as planned :) and a bit of advice.... dont go out with your best friend unless you plan to be with him for the rest of your life... and even then, try AFTER highschool.. :/ thanks :P and good luck again :)
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Blueshsky Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok. Thanks for the advice. I hope everything is fine for you too. I hope you get over it, and find someone who you really will love. Someone who will help you overcome everything. :)
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psydemo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :) i hope so too, that everything will go great, for the both of us :) thanks
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Blueshsky Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NOT* LOL. I was so emotional I skipped the most important word. GEEZ.
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SoBeyondCrazy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Never experienced it directly, but I've seen more than enough to get my life's fill. Glad you got your out. :)
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Lordfell Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yay it's back! :dummy: I feel so bad for Nuka but I feel even worse for Zira for when he dies
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Flexico Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh maaaaan, I had no idea you were going through so much! I can understand to an extent, since I was abused as a kid. :( Anyway, good for you for getting out of there!
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Altraion100 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Great page, but I still don't like Zira. Later she is blaming other people, too.
To me Scar is the worst character of tlk.
I like your comic and hope you will continue :)
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JadeRavenwing Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Yep. Elastic. :(
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PurpleScorpion187 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, my god, I SO understand You... So glad, You were strong enough to live through it
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Katikut Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Bien dit tout ça!
Et page très cool comme d'hab! Bisou!
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AudreyCosmo13 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
merki mamzelle! J'espère que tout va bien pour toi! Je te keep au courant de quand je viens à Paris ;)
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Katikut Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ça marche !!!
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad you're out of that emotionally abusive relationship! I hope a lot of girls take that advice to heart.
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Dewspyrit Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
i'm gonna be one of those people who remember your rant at a necessary time ;) thanks!
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SnowStoat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't experienced something like that, and still I understand.
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