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Yoon Bum
A mentally ill young man who suffers from BPD and PTSD, infatuated with Sangwoo. The plot kicks off when he breaks into Sangwoo's home. Then it all goes downhill from there. The Protagonist.

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Three times.
  • Bandage Babe: A male version, after Sangwoo breaks his legs and keeps him in his house.
  • Broken Tears: When Bum sees Sangwoo again after Sangwoo stopped someone's rape attempt on Bum in the army, he sees him with a girl. He goes back home, realizes that he's obsessed with Sangwoo, and breaks down crying. It becomes a pattern over the course of the series.
  • Creepy Uncle: His Uncle sexually harassed him first by looking at his thighs after he went out of the shower. He then went later on to Bum's bed who woke up from a dream with no pants on, the uncle grabbing his waist and making noises behind him, revealing that he's raping him. This resulted in Bum getting raped by him several times over the years in his room while naked. According to Bum, the Uncle made him drink once, most likely to take advantage of a drunk Bum.
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  • Dark and Troubled Past: A complete reject in every sense of the word, seemingly since the beginning — presenting borderline personality disorder even as a teenager, likely due to the trauma of his parents dying when he was very young, he was initially raised by his grandparents with whom formed no emotional connection, and was then passed off to his uncle who physically, emotionally and sexually abused him and grandmother who emotionally abused him. The severe abuse, combined with his mental illness and intense shyness, singled him out both as a student and as a soldier during his army service, getting bullied in school and sexually abused in the army.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: His pale skin, demure nature in public, and short, feminine stature make him appear to be feminine, especially when he has women's clothing on. At several points in the comic he had been mistaken for a woman. The panels of his feminine thighs, butt and curves doesn't help it exactly either - Dude looks like a lady. Sangwoo used Bum as Replacement of his Mother while his uncle already told Bum back when he was in primary school that Bum looks just like his deceased mother, who was the Ex of the Uncle. This also, unfortunately, resulted in him getting severely abused by his Uncle who fantasized about Bum's mother when raping him for the first time.
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  • Evil Uncle: Lived with his uncle who sexually, physically and emotionally abused him for years. He even attempted to rip his genitals off at one time.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Bum is at the very least bi, but Word of Godinvoked reveals that Sangwoo is one hundred percent straight.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Growing up with no parents, getting severely abused by his uncle and the guys in military and bullied everywhere, Bum's motivation is to be loved for once in his life.
  • It's All My Fault: Due to his upbringing, Bum has a major Inferiority Complex, blaming himself for things happening to him and self harms.
    • When Sangwoo called him disgusting and accused him of having "consensual sex" with his uncle, Bum breaks down and as Sangwoo is about to leave, Bum tells him that he should hit him if it makes him feel better since he's "disgusting" and then slits his wrist while crying, saying that Sangwoo wouldn't need someone like him.
    • Bum blaming himself is a common characteristic he has over the course of the story.
  • Looks Like Cesare: He's very pale, has dark hair and heavy eye-bags.
  • Men Can't Keep House: Bum's living space is absolutely filthy, though it likely has far less to do with his gender and more to do with his mental illness.
  • Mind Screw: Because the story is told from his perspective, and because Bum experiences hallucinations, it's not always clear if what we see is real or isn't.
  • Mistaken Age: Many characters constantly mistake Bum for being way younger than he actually is, or even his gender when he was forced by Sangwoo to wear women clothes. Bum is actually 4 years older than Sangwoo, much to the surprise of 2 females when Sangwoo told them that, as Bum looks so young.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he kills Jieun in Chapter 19, he only does so because she triggered intense flashbacks of a female classmate rejecting him, Sangwoo abusing and manipulating him, and him completely disassociating from his surroundings, even drooling. Afterwards, he freaked out and felt remorse for Jieun's murder, having a nightmare about it and also feeling bad when he met his old crush from his high school time again who rejected him.
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: His ribs and spine are easily seen, and he's always been that way due to the Uncle's abuse.
  • Potty Failure: Wets himself when he was chained in the basement.
  • Older Than They Look: His looks, naive mentality and love for frogs doesn't make it exactly easy for someone to tell that he's actually in his late twenties, but just doesn't grow facial hair, and looks as though he could just be entering high school. This is dude to him being malnourished since childhood by his abusive uncle, causing him to be below average height, being underweight and having a boyish face while being in his late 20's.
  • Rape as Backstory: Was sexually abused by his uncle for years and then got also sexually abused in military.
  • Replacement Goldfish: In a way, to Sangwoo's mother. During the story, he is often forced to wear her clothes.
  • Self-Harm: Bum self harms because of his loneliness and as a form of dealing with the severe trauma of his uncle's abuse, grandmother's abuse and the guys in the military abusing him. He then slit his wrists in Chapter 26 after Sangwoo forced him to talk about his traumatic past, accused him for having "consensual" sex with his uncle and calling him disgusting, making Bum break down in tears and shortly after attempt suicide.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Had it bad for Sangwoo, and Chapter 19 clarifies that he's had another serious obsession before, a former female classmate from his high school time. This is mostly fueled due to the fact that Bum suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder and easily gets attached once shown affection since he never got any from anyone. This would make Bum either bisexual or pansexual.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Despite Bum actually loving Sangwoo at first, the moment he realized who Sangwoo actually was, he tried to escape several times, even trying to get help but with nobody believing him, and was basically forced to stay with him, with Sangwoo lashing out severe abuse on Bum and making him his unwilling replacement of his mother. Despite Sangwoo being severely abusive to Bum, Bum still feels empathy and sympathy towards Sangwoo when Sangwoo's acting more "kind" for once. Bum always tried to see the good in Sangwoo, and ways to change him, but finally realized at the end when Sangwoo tried to kill him, that Sangwoo never loved him.
  • Tearful Smile: He does this quite often, such as in Chapter 1 when he realized how lonely he is, as well as obsessed with Sangwoo.
  • Trauma Conga Line: His life is in a constant state of falling to pieces. He lost both of his parents when he was young. He got bullied on the regular, physically, sexually and emotionally abused by his uncle, emotionally abused by his grandmother, sexually abused in military, kidnapped by the guy he was stalking and then also got sexually, physically and mentally abused by him. By the time he makes it out the other end, he's even more damaged than when he started out.
  • Unfortunate Name: A rather coincidental example, since 'Bum' for English-speakers is a derogatory term.
    • "Bum" is also the British/ Australian equivalent of "butt" and well that's also rather unfortunate because Bum got quite a feminine body.
  • When He Smiles: Bum hardly ever smiles, understandably so due to his traumatic life, but when he does, he looks like a innocent, happy child, especially at the end of Chapter 37.

Oh Sangwoo
A popular young man who is well-liked for both his looks and sociable personality. A Villain Protagonist, and the deuteragonist.

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: When hanging Bum with a noose.
  • Abusive Parents: Sangwoo's father was strict to him and beat his mother. So Sangwoo's Mother killed him.
    • Sangwoo's mother turns out to mentally unstable later on, as it has been revealed that she was rather emotionally manipulative towards Sangwoo, tried to smother him when he was little, and attempted to rape Sangwoo (Although he fought her off and was about to kill her) once before she kills herself.
    • Good All Along: Sangwoo's dad was noted by the guy himself that he has abused his wife and was strict to him. When we actually see him in the big revealing flashback, he was actually rather passive and well meaning. His appearance in the Christmas special shows him in the same light.
  • Ax-Crazy: To say nothing of what he's done to other people, he's beaten Bum with a baseball bat, broken both of his ankles (the first by pushing him down the basement stairs, the other by smashing it with a sledgehammer), made him choose between a knife or a meat hook and strung him up when he attempted to deflect Sangwoo with sex in fear of getting abused or killed by him.
  • Batter Up!: Uses a baseball bat to beat Bum when he finds him in the basement.
  • Big Man on Campus: On the outside, he's smart, athletic, easy to get along with, and girls love him. This near-perfect persona helps him evade the suspicion of the police.
  • Broken Ace: He's considered smart, handsome, popular in public, but is secretly a psychopathic misogynist serial killer and rapist.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In public, he appears as a nice, popular and kind guy. In reality, he'a a narcissistic Serial Killer.
  • Chaotic Evil: He does whatever he wants by kidnapping innocent people, abusing/torturing them before killing them, abusing and manipulating Bum or forcing Bum and another victim to play a card game.
  • Creepy Basement: His basement is his location of choice for holding his victims captive, torturing them, and eventually killing them. He even sleeps in the room attached to the closet with the basement hatch in order to be near it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Grew up in a troubled home, and regularly witnessed his father beating his mother. Officer Park mentions that Sangwoo's parents were also murdered while he was in high school, although this probably has less to do with Sangwoo's backstory than Park thinks....
  • Depraved Bisexual: Only in a manipulative way. The Author confirmed that he's straight and Sangwoo is homophobic. The only reason he seduced Hyunwoo from the bar was to bring him to his basement and kill him, with Sangwoo insulting him as a "fucking homo".
  • Drop the Hammer: Broke one of Bum's ankles with a sledgehammer and later kills Bum's uncle with a hammer.
  • Dream Melody: The original version of "Killing Me Softly"; its relevance (if it has any) has yet to be revealed.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: According to Bum in Chapter 16, his voice is pretty low.
  • Hypocrite: Sangwoo breaks Bum's legs, imprisones him, abuses him, tortures him, rapes him, but then gets all insulted when Bum tries to defend himself to stop Sangwoo from drowning him in Chapter 8.
    • In Chapter 25/26, Sangwoo forces Bum to talk about his traumatic past with his uncle. When he did so, Sangwoo gives Bum the fault for what the uncle did to Bum, accuses him of having "consensual sex" with his uncle, calling him disgusting, basically not showing one single sign of sympathy or pity. Bum then breaks down in tears and attempts suicide. Later on, Sangwoo wants Bum to pity him even though he abuses Bum physically, sexually and mentally.
  • Karma Houdini: Had supposedly killed his father and gotten away with it, and is eluding suspicion for several murders.
    • Seungbae managed to successfully arrest him in and put him into custody, but he gets released after pulling a Wounded Gazelle Gambit when he was beaten up by Seungbae. He and his crimes are brought to light and public opinion of him finally turns sour, but even then he avoids much of the karma he would deserve after his serial killings and severe abuse on Bum. His ultimate fate is being accidentally smothered to death by an old lady who thought she was quieting a babbling nuisance.
  • Killed Offscreen: With a good healthy dose of Dropped a Bridge on Him, in the last chapter.
  • Knife Nut: Seems to be his Weapon of Choice when it comes to killing.
  • Lima Syndrome: He cares about Bum to some extent, although it's more than likely just because Bum is easily to manipulate and developed Stockholm Syndrome because of Sangwoo's abuse.
    • The Author later confirmed that Sangwoo always only saw Bum as replacement, he didn't care about Bum himself at all.
  • Mommy Issues: Some of the little motivation Sangwoo receives as an explanation for his behavior is his relationship with his mother who he kind of half murdered (he was forced to, but she still died by his hand). During his childhood she was the victim of his father's abuse and it gets later revealed that she was mentally unstable to the point where she tried to kill him and attempted to rape him once although he thought her off immediately and was about to kill her. His need to be mothered and to have a mother-figure in his life is a recurring motif in his interactions with Bum, who he used as a replacement.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Gets many scenes that emphasize his attractive body. Unfortunately, this can get very problematic.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Raped Bum three times and tried to excuse it at the first time. At the second time, he physically abused Bum before raping him without consent who told him to stop several times, even bled, and then had a climax at the end.
  • Pragmatic Pansexuality: Sangwoo is a Serial Killer who seduces his victims to kill them. Usually, the victims are female, but he also once also seduced a man to take him in and kill him, immediately showing his homophobia while killing the man. There's also the main "romance" with Bum, but that seems to only be due to Bum looking rather feminine and physically resembling Sangwoo's mother. Word of God reveals that Sangwoo is completely straight.
  • Really Gets Around: Sleeps around with people, such as Hyunwoo and Jieun.
  • Say My Name: He spends his last moments moaning for Bum repeatedly, as he had done since he was admitted into the hospital.
  • Slasher Smile: Has one in Chapter 13, when he can't find Bum after Seungbae searches his apartment.
  • Stepford Smiler: An Unstable type, as his seeming perfection hides how bugfuck crazy he is.
  • Serial Killer: Killed unknown numbers of women, sometimes men, for years after abusing/torturing them. In the present, he killed one of his female victims Bum found in the basement, then one off-screen when Bum was sleeping, then the gay man he picked from the bar, then he intentionally caused Jieun's death, then a mother and her child and then Officer Park, the Father Figure of Seungbae.
  • Serial Rapist: Raped Bum 3 times. It's unknown if he raped his other victims or not.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Subverted. He easily admits to having murdered his father, but the circumstances of his mother's death aren't as clear. Seungbae speculates that he may have committed both murders, and there are panels from Sangwoo's perspective of him strangling his mother, but there's nothing concrete to indicate whether these are memories or if he's just hallucinating. As it turns out, he didn't intentionally kill either of them; his father was killed by Sangwoo's mother, and Sangwoo's mother kills herself, although she technically made Sangwoo kill her by impaling herself with the knife he was holding.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's athletic and physically attractive.
  • The Sociopath: Sangwoo feels no remorse for any of his crimes and lacks empathy. He is pretty much only out for himself, freaked out once over Bum using self defense when Sangwoo attempted to drown him and didn't feel empathy when he forced Bum to talk about his traumatic past, even accusing him for having "consensual" sex with his uncle and calling Bum disgusting who breaks down in tears and slit his wrists shortly after. Also highly sadistic as he enjoys abusing, torturing, raping and killing people.
  • Troubled Abuser: Is severely abusive due to his past.
  • Undignified Death: He doesn't get the karma for his serial killings and abuse on others, no flashy climatic battle, and no closure; when he does die, it's a complete accident, and done by an unrelated old woman who tried to shut him up by putting a pillow over his head, never even realizing she killed him.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Spends some chapters wearing minimal clothing.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Most of his victims are female and he pulled Jieun by her hair when she tried to escape. When Bum entered Sangwoo's house when he was gone, he found one of his victims in the basement, a bruised female, which he then tried to help. Unfortunately, Sangwoo suddenly appears behind Bum with a bat. When Bum woke up, Sangwoo shit-talks the female which he killed while Bum was unconscious, and saw her nothing more than a toy, even groping her breast.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The ski trip features Sangwoo choosing between killing a little boy or killing the boy's mother. While he doesn't actually kill him, Sangwoo does still put snow over the kid's eyes and leaves him out to die in the cold.
    • The ambulance in the next day hinted that the mother and boy both did indeed die due to Sangwoo.
  • Wrench Whack: Throws one at Jieun to prevent her from escaping.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Blatantly calls Seungbae's bluff when he "threatens" Sangwoo with a gun he doesn't have.

Yang Seungbae
A police officer transferred from Seoul who doesn't get a lot of respect from his coworkers. Is suspicious of Sangwoo.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: He doesn't seem to have a good rep among his co-workers, which is probably why he faces Sangwoo alone later.
  • Brandishment Bluff: Pretends to have a gun when Sangwoo corners him.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Rather, a clueless guy magnet. He gets pretty Adorkable around guys hitting on him when he investigates a few gay bars as well.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After having his initial investigation dismissed, all the danger he was put in, and a fall from grace that temporarily cost him his sanity and job, he ends the story with the best possible outcome for any of the main characters. In addition, his heroics in the final confrontation, as well as his ultimately bringing Sangwoo to justice, earn him a promotion and some popularity.
  • Fair Cop: He's a very handsome megane who works as a police officer. After getting fired and after he stopped taking care of himself, he looks good with messy hair and scruff.
  • The Last DJ: Used to be a detective with a knack for investigation, until his slip-ups and refusal to follow police protocol land him into beat cop duty.
  • Police Are Useless: Subverted, as he does not trust Sangwoo. Doesn't mean he can do a lot right off the bat, though...
  • Put on a Bus: After his brush with Sangwoo, he disappears all the way up until the end of Season 1, although The Bus Came Back in Season 2.
  • Sanity Slippage: After getting taken off of the force, he's turned into a mess. He sees Sangwoo in his dreams, became abusive to the only person constantly visiting him, and in general his guilt is eating him alive
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Despises the police for its failure to catch the murderer responsible for his father's death. It's hard to dislike him considering he was the only one who was always suspicious of Sangwoo and only wanted that he gets the justice he deserves for all of his crimes.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Underestimates Sangwoo, and almost dies for it.

Kim Seokho ("Hyunwoo")

A man Sangwoo meets at a gay bar, and subsequently brings home.

Min Jieun
A friend of Sangwoo's who attends his college. Is infatuated with him.

  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted, the panel of her dead body is one of the most graphic images of the whole webcomic. Close ups even showed snot dripping out of her nose.
    • Played straight later in the beginning of season 2 as Sangwoo cleaned the blood off of her chest when he takes her out for burial.
  • Beauty Mark: A mole beneath her right eye.
  • The Bully: She's KIND of a bitch and arrogant. While Sangwoo was gone for a little while and left his friends with Bum, she and another girl made fun of Bum and also didn't care that he had to use crutches (Because Sangwoo broke his legs) and wanted him to go home alone while Sangwoo stays with them.
  • Death by Sex: She was having sex with Sangwoo shortly before being murdered.
  • Dies Wide Open: When she is killed.
  • Disposable Woman: Ironically, her disappearance (and subsequent murder) is what prompts Seungbae to go on a dogged manhunt for Sangwoo.
  • Facial Markings: Has a heart drawn beneath her left eye as part of her performance makeup.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When Yoon Bum stabs her to death. Subverted later however when her corpse is shown in full view.
  • Love Martyr: Subverted, she's really attracted to Sangwoo but after he reveals his true colors, she becomes repulsed by him. She does try to convince Sangwoo that she'll do to whatever he says to keep her life, but it doesn't work.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has a curvy body and large breasts, and would often wear cute clothes that accentuate said body. She spends the entirety of chapter 18 naked since she's having sex with Sangwoo. Later becomes Fan Disservice when she is stabbed multiple times naked.
  • Performance Anxiety: Clams up in her duet with Sangwoo.

Yoon Jae

Bum's Bully from his school days.
  • The Bully: Bullied Bum in his school days due to his shyness and asked once if Bum "is retarded". Even as an Adult, he looks down on Bum and out openly asked him how things would go with his Uncle and stated how Bum was always crying in school.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Bullied Bum when they were in primary and middle school and still did so after they meet over a decade later.

Yoon Bum's Uncle and Grandmother

Yoon Bum's Parental Figures after losing his parents.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: The uncle. Once.
  • Batter Up!: When a traumatized Bum knocked at the door after going out for a walk due to what happend the night before, the Uncle went to get his wodden bat and told his mother/Bum's Grandmother to open the door, wanting to "punish" Bum with the bat.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Bum couldn't sleep one night because of how hot it was, so he went into the kitchen and drank something as he suddenly hears noises (The Uncle moaning) and went to check where it came from. Much to his shock, it was the uncle mastrubating who noticed Bum who then quickly ran back into his room, ending with the Uncle following him and giving a creepy laugh before going back.
  • Creepy Uncle: Sexually harassed Bum by looking at his thighs after he went out of the shower. Secretly went to Bum's bed who woke up from a dream with no pants on, the uncle grabbing his waist and making noises behind him, revealing that he's raping him. This resulted in Bum getting raped by him several times over the years in his room while naked. According to Bum, the Uncle made him drink in his room once, most likely to take advantage of a drunk Bum.
  • Evil Uncle: Bum's uncle abused him him physically, sexually and emotionally for years and starved him. He takes his anger over losing Bum's mother who left him for his brother, who is Bum's Father, on Bum out and told him right into his face that God "punished" them for that and that Bum is the result of that, making Bum cry. He also physically abused his own mother, Bum's Grandmother, sometimes. Even in the present, Bum's Uncle hasn't changed and the first thing he did when seeing Bum was to make fun of him, try to manipulate him, beat him up and attempt to rape him.
  • Karmic Death: The uncle finally gets what's coming to him in Chapter 46. After severely abusing Yoon Bum for many years, and nearly raping him again when the two of them meet again, Sangwoo kills him via strangling with a plastic bag and fracturing his skull with hammer. This was however, not Bum's wish nor desire, but Sangwoo's who used Bum as bait without him knowing it.
  • Pet the Dog: While the uncle he is no doubt an awful human being who is beyond redemption, it is revealed that there were some moments of him being "kind" to Yoon Bum when he was young.
    • However, it is highly likely that he was just grooming him since he already told Bum back when he was in elementary school that he looks just like his mom (Uncle's ex), Bum was already undernourished back then, there was a panel with a even younger Bum full of bruises, and Bum remembered those "kind" moments during a panic attack after his uncle's death, so his memories of his uncle being kind once are very likely fake, fake memories Bum's brain shortly created to protect Bum from more trauma, although Bum then shortly after that completely realizes that the uncle was never kind to him and did heinous things to him.
  • Resentful Guardian: Bum was given to his Uncle and Grandmother after his parents died. Bum's Uncle hated Bum because he's the child of his Ex, who left him for his brother, Bum's father, so he severely abused him. Bum's Grandmother was rather neutral, but told Bum to go like a dog once when he ignored her shortly after the Uncle abused him. She also told Bum that his Uncle wouldn't come one night, so he should sleep in his uncle's room, which resulted in the uncle coming home, stripping Bum off his clothes, violently abusing him with a cane and then raping him.
  • Serial Rapist: The Uncle raped Bum for a unknown amount of numbers, but considering Bum still had to live with him after that for years, it wouldn't be dumb to say that he did so every day.
  • Troubled Abuser: Bum's Grandmother told Bum that he should try and understand why his Uncle is abusing him because he had a hard past, excusing his behavior.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Bum's Uncle was abusive to his own mother, Bum's Grandma, as well, although to a way lesser degree to how abusive he was to Bum. It's possible that he was also abusive to Bum's mother and that might be the reason why she left him, but it's unknown.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Bum was physically abused since he's little by his Uncle and always full of bruises.

Sangwoo's Parents

The parents of the deuteragonist Sangwoo.
  • Abusive Parents: The father was physically to Sangwoo's mother. Meanwhile the mother herself was emotionally abusive, sexually forced herself on Sangwoo once before her death, not to mention strangling him as a child once.
  • Good All Along: Sangwoo's dad was noted by the guy himself that he has abused his wife and was strict to him. When we actually see him in the big revealing flashback, he was actually rather passive and well meaning. His appearance in the Christmas special shows him in the same light.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Played with. Mom ultimately gives birth to Sangwoo, but she tried repeatedly to abort him while she was still pregnant.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: When Sangwoo said he looked like his father, he wasn't kidding. Before Dad gained weight and lost his looks, he was Tall, Dark, and Handsome just like his grown son.
  • Offing the Offspring: Mom is an interesting case as she had been trying since he was conceived, and kept doing it by trying to poison him post killing Dad.
  • Parental Incest: Between Mom and Sangwoo.
  • Pet the Dog: At the very least, Dad didn't actually want to hurt Sangwoo and protects him from his mother after she tries to strangle him.
  • Posthumous Character: Both parents are long dead by the time the comic starts.
  • Resentful Guardian: To some extent, Eunseo hated Sangwoo and never saw him as the son she actually has since she seemingly never wanted a kid in the first place. She tried to kill him even after she had already killed her husband, and regularly talked down to him.
  • The Reveal: Turns out that Sangwoo didn't actually kill his dad; if anything, Mom did, given the poison tablets spilt on the floor and Dad choking on foam as he was dying.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Mom slept around with a man while Dad was out. The latter never learned about this.


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