|“All in the Family”|
|Order of the Stick comic|
|Date published||23 September 2009|
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Haley explains her reticence for revealing secrets outside of her blood relations.
- Panel 1
Haley and Elan flee out the back of the cartographer's tent.
Elan: I don't understand, Haley. Why can't we just ask Roy to help us find your dad?
Haley: It's...it's complicated.
Elan: Oh! I get it.
Haley: You do?
- Panel 2
Elan: Sure. People tell me things are complicated when they won't like what they'll hear if they tell me out loud.
Haley: *sigh* Yeah, that's pretty much it...
- Panel 3
Haley: Look, I'm as dedicated to this lich-and-gate thing as anyone. I don't get to live happily ever after with my hunk of bardic love and a substantial profit margin unless we save the world.
Haley: But let's fact it, I've given Roy reason to question my commitment to the team before, and he has enough on his plate with Belkar.
- Panel 4
Haley: The bottom line is, I'm not telling Roy because I don't want him thinking I'm gonna skip out to go find my dad just because we're on the same continent.
Elan: So, you're not going to go find him?
Haley: Of course I am, but not until after all of this.
- Panel 5
Haley: Now that we're finally back on track, I need to focus on the goal.
Haley: My dad's done hard time before, he'll be OK. Assuming he's even still in jail, if the kingdom went belly up.
- Panel 6
Elan: So...why can't you just tell Roy everything you just told me? I'm sure he'd understand.
Haley: I've just barely gotten a grip on being honest with YOU, baby. Being honest with everyone is still on my personal To-Do list.
Haley: Let me ask you this: When you were little, how did your mom teach you to treat new people?
- Panel 7
Elan: She said to welcome them with a smile and be friendly and open, and they would see what a decent and caring person I was.
Haley: Right, because she was a waitress. Her income was directly tied to how welcome she could make the people who sat at her table feel.
Haley: My dad? Raised me a little differently.
- Panel 8
Flashback to young Haley and her father
Elderly Woman: What a sweet little girl! Did your Mommy make that dress for you?
Young Haley: No, my Mommy went to heaven last year.
- Panel 9
Ian: Young lady, don't you EVER tell other people anything true about yourself ever again!
Ian: What if she used that information against you later? You can't trust anyone but family, Pumpkin.
- Panel 10
Back to the present
Haley: He taught me that the best way to protect myself from my enemies is to keep them guessing—
Haley: —and that everyone was a potential enemy.
Haley: A lesson that I think I took a little too much to heart, really...I almost missed my chance to be with you because of it.
- Panel 11
Haley: But the main thing is, he wouldn't want me to bring anyone else in on rescuing him—especially not law-and-order types like Roy or Durkon.
Elan: But what about me?
Haley: You're more "our people" than they are. Plus, you're my boyfriend, which is like family.
- Panel 12
Elan: Hooray! It's exciting being part of a family where they DON'T try to frame you for murder!
Haley: Oooo, I probably shouldn't tell you about Cousin Sheila, then...
- The "family" that Elan is referring to is his twin brother.
- Haley's Cousin Sheila tried to frame her for murder.
- Ian Starshine first appeared in #93, but this is only his third appearance.