;A; Oh Meela, stop hittin dem feels!
Poor puppy! ♡
I just want to hug her tight and tell her that everything will be alright, but something tells me it just won’t go that way.
And yes, Holland is such a mama bird. You can see that by how he wraps his arms around her, kind of like bird wings and then the cooing shape of his mouth~ Aheh, it is just too cute.
Whaddaya mean, MAMA bird?
Holland may be eccentric, but he’s not effeminate. And if holding a distressed little girl and telling her it’s all right makes a guy maternal rather than paternal, I’ll eat my hat.
…That said, he is a bit of a dandy, but it’s hard to blame him for that, being raised by royalty and all…
She’s likely referring to the behavioral characteristics of most birds, in which the mother stays behind and cares for the young while the father goes and hunts food.
I watch too much Animal Planet.
…right now i could go for a whole marathon of animal planet… wow, I need to get out more.
I would like a marathon of the old animal planet… lately it seems to be more “human with guns and/or tools” planet with occasional animal guests…
Geeet it? Because Holland turns into a swan? =3= Mama Bird Hal
lucky i dont have tv or radio or internet im reading this on my schools reading time
lol in 7th grade
that would be a harsh twist if feral did try to kill her
I. would. sob.
i suppose though, with him bein a bounty hunter and such, y’know? but that would still make me angry.
As for the other things, Holland is definitely a mama bird, no doubt.
but don’t forget…Meela can always phase on him as well in her demon form and…she’s got a little bounty hunter blood in her veins but Feral’s got a little bit of an advantage on her because her taught Meela what she knows but then Holland but be looking out for her or maybe….
There’s not a chance of that. If you re-read the comic, you’ll see that Feral really cares about her. Like a lot. She’s the first person he’s cared about in a long time. She annoys him sometimes, but hey, that’s what kids do.
I don’t think he’d hurt her intentionally even if she attacked him. Only as a last resort.
…he is literally the human embodiment of a swan!!! -_-
…he reeks of masculinity… to me.
Oh, no. He is not the embodiment of a swan, he’s actually NICE. Have you met a swan? They’re worse than Canadian geese! They are EVIL! Norwegian rowing teams won’t even go out on the water if there’s a swan because of the possibility of an attack! They are VICIOUS!
The swan by my house is nice to me… although he’s a real pecker to the dogs I watch (in all fairness they tried to attack him) and apparently some of the other people in the neighborhood.
Soooo true, and yet still so funny.
It’s just a saying… Calm your jets. :c Not many PAPA birds actually care for their young as much as they protect the household, and I’m pretty sure swans are one of those birds.
Techinally, swans mate for life and while the mamma bird stays with the babies, the papa bird protects the family, violently and loudly.
Hahah, and then the female swan buggers off occasionally and mate with other males who might be fitter than her mate. A lot of those eggs aren’t even his xD
I didn’t go looking for this knowledge but feel educated anyway. w00t.
Being effeminate is a bad thing? I think he is being “girly”, and that is perfectly fine. If masculinity gets all the benefit and positive traits of being tough, the femininity can be used to compliment how gentle and kind someone is. Holland is a very good mama bird.
For a guy? Rather.
A guy should be able to do really girly stuff and have people say, “Dang, he made baking cookies/dancing in a leotard/nursing that baby look MANLY.”
Like I said, though, I was merely taking mock-offense on Holland’s behalf. Just havin’ a laugh.
I… have a hard time seeing even Mr. T making breastfeeding look manly.
Oh goodness, this made me laugh for a bit- But yes, like it was said by some other comment down below; I was thinking of bird behaviour, silly! You make it sound like I actually was saying something horrible and rude about him.
Hm, to be honest though I was also more or less thinking about animated things like movies and series, where cartoon/anime/etc female birds wrap their wings around their young in such a motherly way- And yes, I did say mama because I cannot remember any certain time where I’ve seen a male bird do such.
I wasn’t attacking the character nor saying that is was wrong in any way to be like that! So I do not really know why you seem so… Harsh with the words back?
Everyone, just to clear things up. By my little comment, I did not mean to attack or offend anyone. No matter what you think about the birdy up there- Well, I was just saying something silly.
Sorry, I was trying to be silly, too. Apparently I’m not as good at it, though, because so many seemed to take it seriously!
If it made you laugh, then that’s good enough for me. ;)
Aww, i totally agree with you, like IN EVERYTHING <3
Poor baby DX.
Bandages… I love how you added them on the last page XD
ABUT MEELA!!! So adorable… I just wanna hug her
S-She has fangs!
Oh wait I guess she’s always had them… xD
Can I just say, Holland looks so hot on this page. Maybe It’s his tenderness to Meela that is making him look that way to me?
*every page :P~~~
just me… I couldn’t see Feral anything more than a “brother”… too beefy or something.
See, I always feel the opposite. Holland always seems more like an awesome older brother, he’s very pretty, but manly? eh, I guess, sort of….
And swans in nature are generally assholes, so I don’t really see the fact that he’s a swan as having any kind of influence on his personality… I wonder what his brothers are like?
As for Feral? Mmmmm… :3
I’ll take the fluffy beefcake. You guys can fight over Holland.
“Fluffy beefcake”? LOLZ. Right now I am picturing Feral’s reaction to being called that…. :)
i guess the swan part of protective instincts might apply to Holland the way he’s taking care of her
oh them feels so many feels T.T
Motherly Holland is the best Holland.
Also, Feral must never know…EVER.
i doubt feral would kill her. they’ve traveled together for too long not for him to grow attached to her, or her company. i highly doubt he could stomach doing so.
kill her, no… take her to live with others like her (if such a place exists), maybe?
Page finishes just before we can get hollands answer!
Holland you look after that darl
Oh my goodness. Holland hugging a distressed Meela… too sweet!
Also, is it bad I only remember its Friday when I see a strays update?
“only remember its Friday when I see a strays update?” – there are more of us than you know :)
Hey, this might be a bit random, but how big is the male fanbase here? I’ve seen a lot of comments by girls so far.
I thought that “guys” generally didn’t like to comment/share feelings…much.
I know of 4 male ‘strays’ readers who would never comment… for some reason.
I am sure there is a good size male fanbase. I am one of them. I have loved Strays since the beginning. The art and story is absolutely amazing.
Good! Then you can tell us who’s more attractive: Piper or an adult Meela. :P
(because that’s apparently all we can think about while reading this comic)
Adult Meela. I’d prefer a girl who won’t start searching my room for valuables when my back is turned.
Might just be me, but has anyone seen Meela’s bracelet-thing in a while? I went back a few pages, but couldn’t find it…
The last time you see her bracelet is right before she transforms into her ultimate demon wolf form. From then on we have only seen her in the wolf state until now, where she is wearing long sleeves. So it’s probably hiding under the cuff of the sleeve. I still think she has it on because Holland knows better than to take it off her. And when they transform into the wolf state, all their clothes vanish until they transform back into their human state. So if she was wearing it at the point of transformation she would still have it on when she changed back to human form. Make sense?
yep! …quite sure, or we’d get “HULK” mode…
It’s funny how people are referring to Holland as ‘Mama Bird Holland’ >3> He can turn into a swan. Mama Bird Holland =3=
Holland, you’re so wonderful, Meela, hang in there, Feral would never hurt you, oh this is all right in the feels and is triggering my protective side.
Oh my god Holland and Meela are so cute :3
*Wants to hug Meela and Holland in a group hug* ;___;
I think piper would kick her rear, then when meela gets angry & transforms… she’d kill/gravely wound piper? & holland dies trying to protect Piper & Feral gets injured trying to save piper + Holland… yeah… that doesn’t sound…fun.
Why would Piper kick her…?
Can we please just have Feral give Meela a big hug, please…. pretty please?
that’d be perfect! having Feral give her a hug it’d be cute and adorable :)
This comic updates too slow, I can’t wait for the next page…! Holland comfort me tooo-! ;A;
I need the next page ;_; pleaseeeeee!! Feral, c’mon!!!
I have a feeling Feral wont kill her. <3
This is too cute I just want to hug her. T^T
The last panel… Aren’t Meela’s horn right into Holland throat ? Ouch. xD
I doubt they are sharp enough to hurt. :P
Awww, Meela! :(
All the feels. To know and remember what she did and is afraid of getting killed herself….poor Meela. ;_;
Oh, Meela… *snf* Darn, the onion ninjas are at it again…
Those darn onion ninjas! They are here too…. :'(
i highly doubt feral will try to kill meela. he like her too much.
I bet next page will cut to Feral, so we don’t get to see Holland’s response, or Holland just won’t answer that question….
At first I was not a mega fan of Holland. I mean I liked him alright and all but right now I am loveing me so Holland. He is such a good guy and I am so glad he is their friend..Poor baby..