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30-03-16 To the next level

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Re: 30-03-16 To the next level

Post by Badman! » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:12 am

Ruby, you're EXPOSED !

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Re: 30-03-16 To the next level

Post by LegendaryKroc » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:29 am

Huh. So I guess he's just as nervous about this as she is. That's good to know. I wonder how he's going to handle it, and how Ruby will react in turn...

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Post by msaturn » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:55 am

This comic jumped the shark or nuked the fridge or whatever the hell.

I should have asked this long ago, but why the hell would she even bang this doofus??? Because of his backstreet-boys-in-hell haircut???

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Re: 30-03-16 To the next level

Post by Don Alexander » Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:47 am

A long time ago, someone said that the "Next Level" might be a restaurant he wants to take her to. Looks like that person guessed correctly. :-bd

Anyway, you've come a long way, Ruby, and now you completely overshot your goal. Cue mortification! :ymdevil:
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Re: 30-03-16 To the next level

Post by Spidrift » Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:22 am

Ah yes, the shoe we were all expecting to drop. Meanwhile, one must assume that Zii is savouring her opportunity for revenge rather than rushing things.

I do like Ruby's "unobstructive, honest, but oh god no not slutty" virgin's-first-time dress. Though she may well also be wearing trousers. Cute speech to Minew, too. Missing out on the Arab food seems sad, though.
msaturn wrote:I should have asked this long ago, but why the hell would she even bang this doofus??? Because of his backstreet-boys-in-hell haircut???
Honestly? In my assessment... Because she's horny and he's cute and available.

Though she'd put it a little more subtly than that, and okay, it is slightly more complicated. On the one hand, she's never had many friends, and the discovery that she can make some, including a nice-looking and sweet-natured (if utterly clueless) guy who'd like to call himself her boyfriend, has been a pleasant but overwhelming shock for her. Now, she really doesn't want to blow it. She's going to do the things that people seem to require of friends, and if that includes having sex with the boyfriend, well, so be it.

Which isn't quite to say that she's screwing this guy out of a desperate need for friendship. She'd probably have turned him down if that had been all, while being sad about it. But, let's face it, she is horny. Her hormones have been, visibly, kicking in ever since she first saw Dillon and Jerzy, she's been badly distracted and confused by every other sexy scene since... It's all getting too much for her. And she's never really shown much convincing moral objection to sex; she's just mouthed a few conventional platitudes and claimed she didn't want to be distracted. She's still avoiding admitting too much, to herself or others, but it's a tissue-thin layer of repression at this point.

So now that she's got a minimal excuse - "Andy seems to expect it, and it'd feel rude to refuse" - she's going to go for it, without even really denying that she kind of likes the idea.

tl;dr: She's horny and he's cute and available.

I now suspect more than ever that panel 4 on Friday may well be a visual echo of panel 4 of strip #151.
Don Alexander wrote:A long time ago, someone said that the "Next Level" might be a restaurant he wants to take her to. Looks like that person guessed correctly.
A lot of us were thinking around that sort of possibility. It was hardly a difficult guess.
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Post by brasca » Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:51 pm

msaturn wrote:This comic jumped the shark or nuked the fridge or whatever the hell.

I should have asked this long ago, but why the hell would she even bang this doofus??? Because of his backstreet-boys-in-hell haircut???
Being attractive goes a long way. And he's a bit of a social bumbler, but then again so is Ruby. At least he means well and she could do a lot worse.

I'm not all that surprised that sex wasn't what he had in mind for the next level, but I have a feeling they're both going to end up in bed anyway when they feel relaxed about not having to live up to expectations.

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Post by Spidrift » Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:25 pm

That's my guess too, but they may go the long way round to get there, of course. Another possibility for the next strip is three panels of Ruby and Andy loosely echoing Ray and Dillon's dialogue from #151 ("I thought that you liked me" "I do but..." "Is there someone else?"), maybe followed by a panel of Dillon looking stressed out (again) as Julian snuggles up to him in bed.
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Re: 30-03-16 To the next level

Post by wiseguy » Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:49 pm

she is going to keep assuming he expects sex while "secretly" being horny and eager, and now that the "cat is out of the bag"..............

and he wanted to be nice and patient, but now that he "knows" she wants sex and expects it, he feels obligated to go through it and I think he is ALSO a virgin, and I wonder if he listened to fact she said she was a virgin? or MOST LIKELY he took it as "first time in a kitchen table" but she has done it in other places ??
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Post by Milnoc » Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:02 pm

I find nothing wrong with a woman calling out her intentions ahead of time. It can help a shy and awkward guy enormously!

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Post by JoybuzzerX » Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:39 pm

Looks like she doesn't even want to do it in the third panel.

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Post by Spidrift » Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:03 pm

She's naturally nervous and tense, and trying to work out how to negotiate things. But I wouldn't draw conclusions about her general feelings from her momentary body language.
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Re: 30-03-16 To the next level

Post by tanonev » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:12 am

I suppose a potential next strip is a flustered Andy demurring, forcing Ruby to confront the possibility that she's hornier than the guy she's dating. Either it'd be interesting character development to see her come to terms with that, or it'd be a chance to showcase some comedic backpedaling.

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Re: 30-03-16 To the next level

Post by Osaru Sensei » Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:26 am

Spidrift wrote:I now suspect more than ever that panel 4 on Friday may well be a visual echo of panel 4 of strip #151.
Damn Ruby looked cute in that strip.

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