|Published||March 29, 2009|
Strip #17 ("The Gauntlet Is Laid Down") was published on March 29, 2009.
Michelle points out that Butterfly must have known about Laura for some time and planned this challenge in advance. She also says that Butterfly has a reputation of being cruel and recklessly sadistic, which she herself admits to proudly. Butterfly then finalizes the arrangement: if Laura endures her punishment for 5 minutes without crying out her safe word, Trina goes free; if Laura fails, Michelle becomes Butterfly's slave. She and Trina then take their leave.