Comic 296 - Coward
23rd Oct 2015, 11:22 PM in Crowd
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Well, don't worry, Alis won't let it end so easily.
User comments:
wiseguy edit delete reply
Guy12345 (Guest) edit delete reply
You tease
Auren edit delete reply
Frustration it is.

I like the way the color seems to be draining into the water.
RandomTroll (Guest) edit delete reply
Clit-tease, cock-tease, nipple-tease, sexyness-less-tease.

Damnit view!

But, yet, I'm still here....
view edit delete reply
There's lots left at the beach today.
Guest (Guest) edit delete reply
sand is super gross yo' :(
Ghost(Ghost) edit delete reply
I would like to point out that we, the readers, have NO IDEA where this is actually going. We're all hung up on the David/Maddie, Mo/Sydney, Mulder/Scully, will-they/won't-they business. And understandably so: it's an elemental storyline, and View is a master and/or mistress of sexual tension. On the other hand, we actually have no reason to assume that Scrub Diving is *primarily* a story about this relationship qua relationship… and indeed, there have been indications to the contrary. (Cyborgs? Astronauts? Nanobots?) We don't know the planned length of this story, its scope or its scale. We have no idea.

Where is this going? It could be anything! Space? War? Space War? Movie musical? Police procedural? Sean turns out to be the convict Pip befriended as a child? Alis turns out to be the sled Charles Foster Kane owned as a boy? Global pandemic? Serial killer? Postmodern metafiction (a gender-ambiguous hot dog named View is introduced as a character, runs around drawing clothes on everybody)? Pirate treasure? Friendly dinosaur? "Sean, your rich uncle died and left you a million dollars, but you have to spend the night in this haunted house"? Screwball comedy? Paranoid techno-thriller? Or perhaps there will be some sort of structural twist (story actually takes place in recent past; Alis and Sean grow up to be Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, respectively)?

We don't know. And on a fundamental level we, as readers, don't even KNOW that we don't know. We're too busy dwelling on the long-anticipated gleeful, sticky quasi-conjugal union of our beloved protagonistas. In the Rumsfeldian taxonomy, the denouement of Scrub Diving is an Unknown Unknown. And View, I like to think that you are enjoying every minute of it. Your readership certainly is.

TL/DR: We can't see the forest for the tease.
Slacker (Guest) edit delete reply
Okay, "Can't see the forest for the tease." is amazing and I'm TOTALLY going to steal it. Well done.
Sheela edit delete reply
/devils advocate mode

Before Alis and Sean get to "do it", one of Alis' patches fails to perform as it's supposed to do, and she dies, leaving Sean (and the audience) in a lurch !
Dowel (Guest) edit delete reply
Let's hope View doesn't copy your idea... At least for the next 500 pages
Shaylyn-KM edit delete reply
... Okay Ghost, now that you've brought it up, you have to write all of that fan fiction.

ALL of it!

Especially the musical thing.
Sheela edit delete reply
Hotdog musical ?
view edit delete reply
One of Ghost's guesses is right!
Shaylyn-KM edit delete reply
Alis is Hillary Clinton, isn't she?
Guestidigititis (Guest) edit delete reply
(mutters "please be a police procedural musical...please be a police procedural musical...please be a police procedural musical..." over and over)
Otanakanu edit delete reply
Calling it now, view is the tease, the forest is sean's bush, and the pandemic is the never ending crop top blight
Bellar edit delete reply
Solid points Ghost. If View had a longer track record of taking things in a dramatically unpleasant direction, I'd say this whole bit of romantic tension was being used to blind the readership to undertones of danger.

As it is, the strongest story undertones come from the massively flooded landscape, which is a past danger; as well as the space & astronaut undertones. There's also the nanobot-disaster thing that apparently affected Alis, which has been brought up now and again.

If this isn't just an exercise in color, then I'd wager my money on a pseudo-post-apocalyptic plot. With a large scale nanobot disaster having tie-ins to the global flooding, and making a temporary exodus of the population to space colonies while the world fixes itself, a necessity. Maybe Alis and Sean hook up once prior to Sean's fateful departure, or maybe their romantic entanglements are left like last year's Christmas lights.
Niall (Guest) edit delete reply
Yes, excellent point. There's at least two other couples that could be getting their bone on right now View. I'm honestly more teased because you're NOT showing them instead.
view edit delete reply
It's all Sean's POV, so you'll have to wait until she sees them.
Sheela edit delete reply
Well, if it's really just all in Sean's POV, then maybe Alis would catch her eyes if she had anti-gravity boobies (NSFW) ?

Then she could float away into space with a pair of puppies like that!
Sean would be all over that. >_<
Lee M edit delete reply
Lee M
So, is Sean really uninterested or just a bit thick?
PainfulBuggery edit delete reply
DAT ASS is a bit thick.
rainbows 1701 edit delete reply
rainbows 1701
Communication is important!
Bellar edit delete reply
Sean is conflicted.
Sheela edit delete reply
Probably a virgin too.
Doing it for the first time can be scary!
cattservant edit delete reply
Muff miffed!
psianogen (Guest) edit delete reply
Blue clitted.
Sheela edit delete reply
Yeah, Alis is not very pleased with Sean.
Jst56strong edit delete reply
I have some speculation on where this goes but my idea is that Alis finally womans up and gets initiates hard. Like ass grab pull in and make out hard!
Bellar edit delete reply
If Alis can keep provoking Sean enough it might work.

Though I'd imagine a more protracted guerrilla war of teasing and provocation -- at least while the two of them are around the rest of the group -- would have the best results when a more private opportunity presents itself.
Just_Some_Guy (Guest) edit delete reply
I hope not. I hope the next page is the one where their relationship blossoms. I've been hoping for a while now and it hasn't happened yet, but I've got my fingers crossed.