New Page 19: Scum

New Page #19!

Captain John Montresor

Friday is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

You may not know it, but Human Trafficking is the second most lucrative crime in the world. There are currently 27 million enslaved people worldwide- more than double the number of enslaved Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children every year are sold into slavery, most of it sexual. Unlike slavery in the 19th century, what is happening today is happening in secret—yes, even here in America.

Human Trafficking won’t end until awareness is raised, and people like you and me take a stand. Learn more here.  (Note: contains adult themes and actual accounts of sex slavery.)

If you make a donation to any organization who is a part of this fight on January 11th and forward me your receipt, I’ll send you one of the Dreamer short stories back as a Thank You for helping out in this important cause!

A few of my favorites are Love 146 (International), Gracehaven (Ohio), and GEMS (New York City).

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56 Responses to New Page 19: Scum

  1. Caera says:

    Poor Nathan…and not enough of his cute face on this page. I wants moar Nathanness, since there won’t be many more Nathan pages.


    Bea’s neck ironically looks all scrawny when she swallows the pills—how many did she take? Uh oh…

    The VI: Awkward conversation is awkward. Though they seem to have gotten along well enough. Poor Nathan looks quite the worse for wear, not surprising. :/ Again, MEEP! at the background…

    • Amber says:

      Don’t say it that way, Caera! You are breaking my heart. No… More… Nathan…? *lip quivers*
      *Cue Celine Dion*
      Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you..
      That is how I know my heart will go on…
      Far across the distance and spaces between us.
      You have come to show us go on. Near, far, I believe the heart goes on.

      • Caera says:

        Oh gods, Nathan is worthy of a far better song than that!

        Ok so the song’s not bad, just overdone. And besides, I wrote him his own. ;) <3


  2. Amber says:


    I will show you who is a piece of scum! You lousy lousebag! Go crawl in your own filth and roll in it! Eat it too! taste your own wretchedness! Pig!

    *Calms down* Uhh.. Bea.. How many pills did you take? Oh dear….

  3. Colette Copeland says:

    LET ME AT ‘IM, the no-good low-down scallywag!!!!

    Nathaaaaaaaaaaannn!! :,(

  4. Brent says:


    Although it is a very well drawn piece of spit…. *stares*


    ….,Huh? What Where was I? Oh, yeah…. Sleep faster, Bea!!! (Wait, how many pills were inthat bottle?)


    (laughs evilly, then…)

    British official: “I am instructed to inform you that you have been convicted by special tribunal and that unless you are ready to offer your cooperation you are to be executed. Do you understand what I’m telling you?”
    Evey Hammond: Yes.
    British official: Are you ready to cooperate?
    Nathan: “No.”
    British official: “Then you have no fear anymore…you’re completely free…”
    Nathan: “Uh…..what?”
    British official: “Nah, just kidding. We don’t do that.”

  5. Susan says:

    Poor Nathan, he doesn’t deserve to be treated like that!

    • David says:

      Especially not by such a misbegotten spawn of a whore of a strumpet like Cunningham!

      “Scum”, indeed!

  6. Lara says:

    So many emotions going on with this page and you blog post. Yet all I can think of at this precise moment is that you deserve some kind of award for that spitting onomatopoeia.

  7. Amber says:

    Oh, everyone, if you have kindle, guess what? A book called Halestorm, about Nathan Hale, is now free on Kindle. Even if you don’t have it, you can download an kindle free for your computer from Amazon.

    • Caera says:

      I guess it ain’t selling. I heard it was dodgy but it’s Nathan Hale so you know I’ll snoop. lol

      • Caera says:

        So I got it on my dad’s Kindle and I am we’ll into the first chapter. I can not stop laughing for the cheeze. Oh gods I am loving this…so bad! ;D

        • Amber says:

          I just finished reading it.
          I thought this Cunningham was bad. But the one in that book just made my skin crawl with revulsion. I wanted to vomit.
          *Warning* Do not read book if you are an avid Nathan fan. The scene of his capture and hanging is… heartbreaking.

          • Caera says:

            Does it get better? That first chapter was cheesey enough to spread on crackers. Lol

          • Amber says:

            No. It is horribly inaccurate. I am cringing with each page.

          • Caera says:

            Well at least I knew THAT going in. That’s the only reason why I’m laughing so hard.

            LORA! You are the only historical fiction writer to do Nathan justice, that I have EVER come across. This is why I love you and am still reading, and will keep reading even after his final pages.

            I think after I finish this novel I’m going to have to blog about that fact….O.o

          • Caera says:

            Ok not laughing anymore…

          • Amber says:

            You are not laughing anymore because it is so horrible? Lol. I stopped laughing when I reached the middle of the book. Seriously? Nathan fights British redcoats to escape capture? Drags around his girlfriend while trying to run away from the redbacks? Uhhhhh.. Tell me again how this is supposed to be accurate? here and there they are accurate. But otherwise, no. Horrible. Absolutely horrid!

          • Caera says:

            I stopped laughing at chapter two. This is downright offensive. Disgusting. I will have that woman’s head for this.

    • Karen says:

      If you want a free story, mine’s been online since 2001. Google “enemy spies nathan hale john andre”. Not a hundredth as good as Lora’s of course, but I hope not as cheesy as the one you’re talking about on kindle.

      • Caera says:

        That was yours? Cool! I read it a long time ago, shortly before the Dreamer started. Way better than Halestorm, trust me. lol

        One story I wish had been published, online or in print, was The Quintumviri. I found the prologue online when I was still in high school, and I eventually got in touch with the author, who said the publishing plans fell through, and back then self-publishing online wasn’t as “acceptable”/preferable as it is now. More’s the pity as it was well written, far as I could tell, and I was very intrigued to read the rest of it, which apparently took place in modern times.

        Here’s all that’s out there:

        • Karen says:

          Wow! I met the author of the Quintumviri online in 1998 and we corresponded copiously, and eventually she made a trip across the country to visit me, after seven years of correspondence. We still correspond regularly and recently met face-to-face again. I count her as one of my dearest friends <3 I've read the entire book, and there's not much about Nathan in it, except for the part that's online. Most of it is a modern suspense story, but it's been so long since I read it I don't remember much. I think the hero was a descendent of Nathan Hale. I know, I know, he didn't have any. But in the story he had a brief affair and there was a child. The original Quintumviri (Nathan's school chums) evolved into a kind of secret society with somewhat nefarious purpose, as I recall.

          I'll try to put a bee in her bonnet about self-publishing. But her life is very busy right now and she hasn't done any writing in a while, so I don't know if she'd have the time or inclination. I've tried to get her to read Lora's work, but she seems to be out of the mood for Nathan Hale right now, though we always raise a virtual glass on June 6 and September 22.

        • Karen says:

          Oh, and you might want to check out my bibliography. There are a lot of great books about Nathan Hale out there, though most of them are very old. “A Namesake for Nathan” is pretty sweet, but the one that really grabbed me when I was a kid was called “Young Nathan”. I think the e-book is out there for free, but the formatting is messed up.

          I really should add “Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales” to the bibliography. I really, really loved it, and was glad to see recently that Lora had found it too.

  8. Jen says:

    I predict that Bea’s parents will bust down the door to find her unconscious, and then we will have a hospital ER/stomach pumping scene.

    Somebody refresh my memory… whose the British mucky-muck in the tent? He seems…. reasonable…ish… Maybe we can negotiate.

    • Colette Copeland says:

      I could show him “negotiation”!!

      Me: “Give him to us, or you will be swamped by fangirls without mercy!”
      British official: *gulp*

        • David says:

          British official: *sighs* “Miss Copeland, you MUST understand there are numerous regulations and protocols involved in matters such as this. We cawn’t simply turn a convicted spy over to you and your, um, “associates” just like THAT! I say, such things simply aren’t done!”
          Colette: “Oh, it CAN and WILL be done! Or ELSE!” *brandishes spontoon, fan-girl mob does likewise*
          Me: “Better do it, sir. Otherwise you’ll make them angry. You wouldn’t like them when their angry!”
          British official: *mutters* “Oh, fudge!”

          • Brent says:

            Me, oblivious outside tent and distracting the guards outside: “Wow, does he usually go for fudge?”
            Guard Ross: “Not…often. Perhaps we should–”
            Me: “Whoa, whoa, whoa….you know he’s busy with that Hall guy, right? It’s maybe just like a last request thing, y’know?”
            Guard Stark: “But sir, the provost marshall–”
            Me: “–is a complete d*** to just you guys, you think he’d let the rebel have something? Hell, I heard he didn’t even get a bible or last rites from the guy.”
            Guard Ross: “My word!”
            Me: “Exactly! I guess your boss is just….more human, as it were.”
            Guard Stark: *reluctantly* “There was a little in the supply tent….”
            Me: “Okay, so one of you get it, and I’ll take over for a few, deal?”

  9. Cowgirlgem says:

    I hope people remember that farm and household service are by far the highest levels of human trafficking. It is incredibly rare to find some one trafficked for sex, but that is what what gets the most attention. Most get to do hard labor in orchids or demeaning work as a house keeper.

    • Lora says:

      You’re right. Thank you for sharing! I know there are websites out there that can help you find brands that do not use human trafficking for labor.

      Even Trader Joe’s was under heat for this about a year or so ago.

  10. Theresa says:

    Nathan needs a hug… and I need a hug… poor Nathan!
    Oh Bea if you don’t fall asleep just pretend you’re asleep and maybe your parents will believe you’re sick….Or they’ll take you to the hospital.
    I keep thinking of ways this could go.
    A) Bea winds up in a coma from all those pills and gets stuck in the 18th century
    B) She somehow saves Nathan and brings him to the present where he has to pretend to be a doctor to avoid discovery.
    C) In attempting to save Nathan, things go wibbly wobbly and Nathan’s spirit ends up trapped in her head. Nathan: Oh Lord, what sin did I commit to end up here? Trapped in a teenage girl’s brain! Bea don’t you dare start thinking about Alan! I’ve had enough trauma for a lifetime…..
    D) Bea fails to save Nathan and is incredibly (and understandably) depressed when she wakes up. Her parents send her to a therapist…. who looks just like Nathan!? 21st century Nathan?

    But Lora is the creative genius not I (LOVE the art btw…. and everything else in the comic)
    Now to continue distracting myself from the sadness that is what is going to happen to Nathan…. maybe I’ll knit a Nathan plushy….

  11. Katie Swinford says:

    :( Nathan! I mean I am glad you put in the accurate historical detail, but MY FEELS!!!

  12. Kristee says:

    GRRRRR! SCUM?? YOU, sir, are the SCUM! Can I kill him?! Please??!!!

    On a different note, Bea had better get there FAST. (Btw, is it pronounced Bee-uh, or just Bee?). Because if she doesn’t get there soon…..No. Nononononono. I refuse to think about it! :( Not my Nathan!!!

  13. Half Moon says:

    I am crying and really want to strangle that guy through the tears! Nathan!!!!!!!!! I want to hug him so bad right now… :'(

  14. trevor says:

    Whatever you’re going to do, Bea: Don’t do it!

    (Eagerly awaits until the next update to see if she’s going to do it anyway)

  15. More like Scummingham than Cunningham to me!