The waiting game
In case you didn't immediately recognize them, the flashback interjections in today's strip are from the Sin's Gambit chapter -- specifically, the part where Brain got pretty beat up but eventually managed to pulled himself back together. At the time, it wasn't entirely clear where he got the little boost of energy from, but... well, now you know. Clearly, it came with some strings attached.
And that, my friends, is a wrap for Six Years Earlier! Thank you for joining me on this gigantic flashback adventure. Up next, we've got a couple of extra-special stand-alone strips... and then we're heading full tilt into the future with our next big story. Woo hoo! See you on Friday.