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Seven Years
[hair in face] "SEVVVENNN YEEEARRRSSS"
Title text: [hair in face] "SEVVVENNN YEEEARRRSSS"

Explanation

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Randall's then-fiance was diagnosed with cancer in late 2010, a matter he has discussed in the comic multiple times before. Here, motivated by the time between the Great American Eclipses of the 21st century (seven years from the 2017 eclipse to the 2024 eclipse) we see them reminiscing the seven years prior to the eclipse, leaving an open question to what the next seven years will bring.

This comic is a continuation of 1141: Two Years, which is shown as the first eight panels, slightly grayed out.

Transcript

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[Randall and Randall's fiancée sit on a bed, Randall's fiancée is talking on the phone. The person she is talking to, a doctor holding a clipboard, is shown inset.]
Randall's fiancée: Oh god.
[Randall and Randall's fiancée sit together while Randall's fiancée, now bald, is receiving chemotherapy. They are both on their laptops.]
IV pump: ... Beeep ... Beeep ... Beeep ...
[Randall and Randall's fiancée (who is wearing a knit cap) are paddling a kayak against a scenic mountain backdrop.]
[Randall and Randall's fiancée sit at a table, staring at a cell phone. There is a clock on the wall. Her head is stubbly.]
Randall's fiancée: How long can it take to read a scan!?
[Randall and Randall's fiancée are back at the hospital again, Randall's fiancée receiving chemo. They are playing Scrabble.]
Randall: "Zarg" isn't a word.
Randall's fiancée: But caaaancer.
Randall: ...Ok, fine.
[Randall and Randall's fiancée (wearing a knit cap) are listening to a Cueball-like friend. A large thought bubble is above their heads and it obscures the friends talk. The text below, split in three is the only part there can be no doubt about:]
Friend: So next year you should come visit us up in the mounta
a
and
Randall and Randall's fiancée (thinking): "Next year"
[Randall and Randall's fiancée are getting married, with a heart above their heads. Randall's wife's hair is growing back.]
[Randall and Randall's wife (wearing a knit cap) stand on a beach, watching a whale jump out of water.]
Fwoosh
[Randall and Randall's wife (with her hair noticably longer) are walking through a forest.]


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