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"But... but all my anime and fanfics told me that this would be kooky and fun!"
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Blitzkrieg1701, January 13th, 2017, 11:05 am

Oh man, of all the comics I did NOT want to leave people hanging on. Guys, I am SO sorry this update took so long, and that it's STILL not finished yet, but the Conventional Wisdom MAGFest comics are absolutely kicking my butt right now, and that's slowing everything else down (and I was moving pretty slow coming out of MAGFest to begin with). I'll have the finished version and a new Voting Incentive up by tonight, I promise.

Anyway, I'm pleased to see that Tuesday got everybody all in an uproar. I spent all weekend eagerly awaiting when that bomb would finally drop, cos I'm slightly evil like that. Buuuuuuuuut now comes boring old reality, and the fact that... yeah, that was really bad thing to do. I know everybody expected Layla to walk in on them, and I guess that probably would have been more laugh out loud funny. However, it also would have taken the focus off of Trigger's reaction, and I thought dwelling on that was the best way to demonstrate that, fanservice or no, this was a BAD thing Tabitha just did.

EDIT: OKAY THERE, everything's taken care of! Colored page and new Voting Incentive. Now, back to Conventional Wisdom...

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Ed8, January 13th, 2017, 11:22 am

Not that I'm interested or anything
12:01AM Checks for update
12:02AM ...hits reload...
12:03AM ...hits reload...
12:04AM ...hits reload...

12:03PM ...hits reload...
12:04PM ...hits reload...
12:05PM ...hits reload...
I was beginning to wonder if you were delaying the strip on purpose as a tease, but since it's a half-drawn version, I guess not. ;)

So, this is pretty much what I would expect to happen: Tabitha broke Trigger. Ooops. I don't suppose she has any mad science handy that can make a person forget the last 5 minutes worth of events ever happened?

Normally in the case of psychological trauma I would suggest that Trigger needs a hug, but...that might not be the best choice here.

@Hovertext: Anime and fanfics would never lie to us. She must have done it wrong. (Hopefully she is not really using Anime, Fanfics, and/or other speculative cinema as a guide, as they would teach that if you don't get the expected/hoped reaction from a first kiss, the only possible course is to immediately kiss them again even more enthusiastically.)

Zaealix (Guest), January 13th, 2017, 12:22 pm

Ah-ha, the real turning point.
What happens when your actions have unintended consequences?

Seros Senric (Guest), January 13th, 2017, 2:15 pm

IF this were a TV sitcom or an anime, Layla would have walked in on them. It also would have been the "more funny and THINGS ARE WAY WORSE" option.

Honestly, this is closer to what I expected, since it's only been a few pages since Layla angrily stated that she'd go to bed.

Also, concerning "learning" that was mentioned in comments on the last page, I feel that this page demonstrates something we should already know:
Tabitha needs to learn just as much as, if not more than, Trigger does. Different lessons, yes, but (in my opinion) far more important ones.

Darius Drake (Guest), January 13th, 2017, 6:26 pm

I'm going to be honest, I had NO IDEA what was going to happen. I mean, I know Trigger's innocent, but what could happen was wide and varied. And I now feel that Tabitha treating it as a joke just made it worse for him.

Ed8, January 13th, 2017, 8:08 pm

@Blitz: I'm glad you didn't go with the "Layla walking in on them". I think I would have been disappointed, because if there's any trope that has been completely beaten to death in every single form of storytelling it's got to be that one - people walking into a room at exactly the right/wrong time.

@Darius: I think you're probably right - she's just digging a deeper hole for herself now.

@Seros: Of course you're correct that Tabitha does need to learn something from this, but that doesn't necessarily mean that she can. Just as there are some people who, due to brain structure, can study for years and years and never be any good at math, or maybe for someone else it's music, or maybe languages - their brain through no fault of their own simply doesn't possess the ability to think in the right way - there are naturally some people who simply don't have the ability through any amount of effort to learn the nuances of social interaction that come automatically to most. In real life, many people like this compensate by being shy/reserved/introverted, but there's also a few who compensate instead by being extremely gregarious and overenthusiastically extroverted and uninhibited - that would, of course, be the Tabitha type. I'm not saying this is neccessarily true of Tabitha, since of course, it's also possible that it's merely because she spends all of her time in her lab on a desolate planet with only her insane dad, her disembodied mom, and two mute kindergardeners for company that she has no "social common sense", but it is a possibility. Only Blitz knows for sure, and it's difficult to pry details out of him before he's ready to reveal them. :)

Number 6 (Guest), January 15th, 2017, 10:09 pm

Excerpt from Tabitha's Mad Science Notebook:
Response by experimental subject Trigger to Cuddle and Hug tests were well within expected parameters, however response to subsequent testing differed widely from
expectations. Curious, as subject did not respond at all like subject Stilez did when given the same test. Possible error in methodology? May need larger sample size to verify. Note to self: check to see if Layla is busy.
(Below this is written "Vengeance?" but then it is hastily crossed out several times)

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