The Slap Dance Is Always Better When The GM's Crying

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The Script For Today's Comic!

#21:
The Slap Dance Is Always Better When The GM's Crying
(5 panels)

Panel 1:
(Same as earlier, with Seth leaning in greasily to look at Karla at the GM, while Karla responds, ignoring Tom. There are other people present, as always, including Tanner.)

SETH: " 'I should not be here,' he says. 'The kingdom… the war… but you have won mah heart, cherie. Come closer.' "

KARLA: " 'Oh, Jacque.' "

TOM: "…and that's when I walk in with a haddock!"

Panel 2:
(KARLA is too shocked to speak.)

SETH (stunned): "What?"

TOM: "Flapjack the mage smacks you with a haddock, then puts a clown nose on Seawind the enchantress. 'Ahoy, mateys!' he says. 'What's this? Romance? Yar yar hump hump!' "

Panel 3:

SETH (angrily): "You wouldn't even even be aware of this."

TOM: "Don't have to! I was just wandering the halls randomly." (Rolls dice) "And now I do the Dance of Joy!"

Panel 4:

SETH: "Prince Mannock guts you with his sword."

TOM: "He slaughters an innocent? In front of his true love?"

KARLA (angrily): "He's right. 'This is wrong, prince. Let me escort this wandering one home.' "

Panel 5:
(Close-up on Karla and Tom.)

KARLA: "Well played, but we're still going to talk about this when we get home."

TOM: "I told you I'd play Chaotic Neutral if this didn't stop."

Ferrett Says

…And so Tom gets his revenge. There have been those who’ve wondered whether Tom is bound to be eternally bested by Karla, and the answer is clearly “no.” Karla’s been up a few, but she’ll be down sometimes, too. So it goes.

The question of what a good relationship is comes into play, though; should happily married monogamous couples argue about this sort of thing? If it doesn’t lead to actual sex, and it happens in plain sight, is it really a problem? It’s the sort of thing where every couple has to draw the line for themselves, and part of Home on the Strange is exploring where – and how – that line gets drawn. There are some who’ve said that Karla should have given in instantly, but I’m not sure that would have been entirely healthy, either.

This comic is rife with references, so I figured I might as well clue you in:

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