Helping hands is the seventh chapter of Bittersweet Candy Bowl and follows Paulo and Daisy as they come across a bird injured on the road and try to take it to Lucy.


The chapter begins with Paulo and Daisy walking through a residential street. Daisy has a one-way conversation about about Katie's sleepover that she wasn't invited to the weekend before, lamenting that Katie must have misplaced her invite. She suddenly screams out aloud seeing an injured bird on the road and becomes distraught when Paulo points out another car heading towards it may put it out of its misery, causing Paulo to put his life on the line and run across the road. He barely escapes being injured himself as Daisy runs across the road as well and berates him for doing something so scary, but otherwise thankful he managed to save the injured bird.

Deciding on what to do with it and noting that a hospital is not nearby, Daisy thinks about taking it to Lucy, causing Paulo to be lost in his thoughts over Lucy, and Daisy to get jealous. As Daisy mentions Lucy's house is nearby, she is almost hit by a passing car herself and jumps back onto the sidepath with Paulo.

As they walk towards Lucy's house, Daisy wonders if Lucy might keep it, Paulo not finding it too surprising if she did. As Daisy admits she couldn't as her mother wouldn't allow it, she suggests Paulo could, bringing up his excellent mark he got from looking after the artificial child. Embarrassed, Paulo covers her mouth before mentioning the class name and tells her to stop bringing it up before walking on towards Lucy's house. Daisy catches up after a moment telling him girls are into guys who are good carers. Paulo recounting he already is good with girls.

It starts to rain, causing Paulo to worry the bird may catch a cold, before being distracted by Daisy's fur reacting to the rain causing her to fluff up. She asks if he is grossed out by it, but Paulo doesn't answer as he runs on ahead, saying the bird may not have much longer.

As they reach Lucy's house Daisy tries to explain to Lucy what happened, but Lucy interrupts asking about her appearance, causing Daisy to run past her to the bathroom. Lucy comments she wont like going up there, before Daisy runs into Mike; her crush, and screams in embarrassment.

Paulo and Daisy sit in Lucy's living room together while Daisy brushes her curls down, upset Mike had seen her. Paulo tells her not to worry about it, as if Mike was really worth her time he'd not care how she appeared, Daisy seeming reassured.

Lucy appears after assessing the bird's injuries and tells them the bird will live as it wasn't hit by a car but was hurt by something else. After thanking her for helping, Daisy asks whether she can stay and study with her and Mike. They are thrown out of the house into the rain.

On the following school day Paulo and Daisy ask Lucy how the bird is. Lucy tells them it left them the night before, causing Paulo and Daisy to suspect she means it became deceased, before Lucy clarifies it was better and left her house on Sunday. She hands them both a nest telling them the bird they saved made it as a Thank you. As Paulo and Daisy look at each other approvingly of the result, Lucy jeers cheekily that the bird thought it would be the perfect place for them to rest their offspring when they mate, to the embarrassment of Daisy and Paulo.

Volume One Simple Pleasures · Gaming Rivalry · Merry Snow Day · Unfit for Education · The Burden of Parenthood · Prom Preparation · Helping Hands · Show and Tell · Pep Rally · Intermission: Catty Remarks · Off to the Movies · Puppy Love · Confrontation · Aftermath · Field Day · Unfulfilled Fantasy · Farewell, Middle School · Intermission: Mike’s Birthday · Blurry Memories · Intermission: Yashy’s Birthday · Hot Pursuit · Enter High School · A Difficult Choice · A New Leaf · Wardrobe Malfunction · Intermission: Daisy’s Birthday · Humble Approach · Unmerry Melodies · Left Behind · Misunderstanding and Change · Intermission: Lucy’s Birthday · Of Little Monsters and Pockets · Feline Festivities · Intermission: Do Ask, Do Tell · Mid-term Time · Troubled Waters · Intermission: Wishful Thinking · Carry On · Intermission: Break Time · Follow Me · Onwards to Adventure · Intermission: Box of Tricks · Bonding · Tread Carefully · Intermission: Hydrothunder Tantrum · Under Pressure · Crash and Burn · Intermission: Out of the Frame · A Different Side · Intermission: Birthday Double-Team · Rising Temperature · Love My Way · Moving On · Intermission: Having Kittens · Invitation · Arrival · Search and Rescue · Intervention · Return · New Beginnings
Volume Two: Starting Over Story Summary: Starting Over · Pick Me Up · In the End · Wonderland · A Distance Apart · Unrequited · Another Shoulder · Casting Call · Intermission: Turning Tides · Intermission: Sensible Precautions · Back and Forth · Molly’s Adventure · Up to Bat · To The Top · Another Path · Mischief Night
Volume Three Rehearsal · Feline Filibuster · Pillow Talk · Intermission: Raw and Uncensored · Call Waiting · Carry Me · On Our Own · Fade Away · December · At Loose Ends
Volume Four Piece of Cake · Just Beautiful · Buddy System · Ten Seconds to Midnight · Curtain Call · Breaking Up · Leaving Home · Study Buddy · Safe Boundaries · Critical Hit · Happy Hour
Volume Five Take Heart · Intermission: Love Note · Local Area · Small Fry · Intermission: Test Drive · Scenic Route · Intermission: Textual Harassment · Total Recall · Trapped · Boy Toy · Intermission: Casual Outing · Class of 2008
Not yet in print Guest of Honor · Golden Hour · Intermission: Ice Block · Dial Tone · Table for One · Clean Slate · Model Girlfriend · Love Again · Intermission: Test Dummy · Unspoken Rule ·
Bittersweet Club International Cracks in the Ice · Sweet Dreams · Magic Tricks · Disaster Dominoes · Another Chance · April Comics · May Comics · Dinner Time · Accidents Will Happen · Mostly Harmless · Another Kiss · First Dance · In Deep · Promise · Family Comix · Lemonade Stand · Movie Night · Christmas Dinner · Drinking Games · Midnight Visitor · Ghost Stories · Store Credit · Baby Blues · Another Trip · Another December · Another Boyfriend · Fork in the Road · Love Letters · Blind Date · Augustus, You Jerk #2 · Magical Girl Redux ·
Other Unfulfilled dayyyy · The First Meeting · First Interaction · Development of Friendship · Chirpy’s Introduction · Unfinished Abbey Chapter · Magical Girl Lucy-chan · Another Plan

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