This page has been the bane of my existence for the past month. I have redrawn it, scrapped it, redrawn it, redrawn it... It never seemed to work out the way I wanted. :/ But this is just going to have to do, because I am sick of it and want to move on.
Okay, so I've finally filtered down my messages enough to start responding to the comments here. And I can see a common thread. Anna, the tall blond, and her tall gorgeous friends are NOT laughing at Holly, as I'm sure it does appear. This same confusion arose in Book I and I'm sure it has the same cause: I didn't draw the scene very well. I hope it becomes clear what happened to any who care to read the comic further, and I will try harder to improve the fire/laughter events in later drawings. Sorry. This is why I look back at all the pages with a bit of shame. I'm getting better, really I am!!!