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Simple Complications is an ongoing online series by Eric J. Barkman. It is a daily series, somewhat like a webcomic, only prose. It is about several university students as they go about their daily lives.


Simple Complications contains examples of:

  • Classified Information: A few of the main characters ended up discovering some classified information in the second volume, which is beginning to cause major problems for them in the third volume.
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  • Doing Research: This is how Abigail contributes to both the ghost and coded documents plotlines.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The twins. Lyle is the foolish one, while Jake is the responsible one.
  • Good Bad Girl: Rachel is an adventurous party-girl who is not shy about her love of sex. She is also a great friend, and is always willing to help out someone in need.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: The ESS.
  • Hot Librarian: In #60 Ricardo is hitting on one, which is the reason he's in the library.
  • Oblivious to Love: Drake is completely unaware of Abigail's crush on him, despite it being obvious to all of their friends.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: There is a ghost that appears throughout the first volume. It is a blue humanoid figure, but without any distinctive features beyond that, where you can't even tell which is it's front and back. It causes certain electrical machines to stop working, some temporarily and some permanently. Otherwise it is mostly seen floating around, and doesn't noticeably interact with people. Eventually it leads some of the characters to a coded document it wrote when it was still a person, Joshua Teleros, a character from Chrono Hustle.
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  • Phoneaholic Teenager: A lot of the characters are regularly using their phones, but Kira's younger sister Aiko really fits this trope as she didn't even bother to look away from it when talking with Kira.
  • Putting On My Thinking Cap: Lyle finds that writing on a white board helps him think.
  • Road Trip Plot: A minor plot in Volume 3 is Ted and Lyle going on a roadtrip. It's mostly just used for one off jokes in between the more serious storyline that took over that volume.
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