rebochan wrote:Fortunately, the ending lets the people who were really rooting for them imagine the next panel was them tearing each other's clothes off right then and there.
Hee hee hee! I know you're exaggerating, but this provides me with an opportunity to say that I think Aggie's encouraging smile in the final panel suggests the following is possible:
They will agree to give dating another try, but taking it slow, not necessarily sexually, but commitment-wise. After all, they're now adults. They've matured and are well on the way to understanding and actualizing who they are. On the other hand, they're still in their early twenties. So there's no rush, no need for "OMG if I don't partner up nownowNOW I'll be infertile," nor for "OMG if I don't partner up nownowNOW I'll be faced with a dwindling pool of eligible people I'd want
to be with." Rather, they can take their time, get reacclimatized to each other's day-to-day accomplishments, stressors, concerns, to their values and goals as they stand now, and then
decide if they want to spend the rest of their lives together.
It's possible that with greater life experience, Aggie's developed both a more realistic view of her skills in various areas, as well as a thicker skin in response to criticism. It's also possible that Penny, even if not able magically to transform into Ms. Empathy 2017, has nonetheless learned not to say the first thing that comes to her mind in awkward situations. And with greater maturity, there's a very good chance they'll avoid the intimacy mistakes they made when dating as teenagers, such as jumping to conclusions about each other's sexual preferences or having sex while fighting. To those here who are into kink: I'm not saying they'll decide anything and everything of that sort is evil and wrong and disgusting. They may well find they still
like some form of BDSM. If so, what I suspect would be different this time is that they'd be more informed, more communicative and thus more likely to keep it always "safe, sane and consensual."
It's called maturity. If Tamar and I had met at age 16 and decided after a few months we just had
to make a commitment, would it have worked out? Probably not. But five years (we're 21 and started seeing each other when we were 20, having met and become friends at 19 going on 20) can make a big difference. And Penny and Aggie are now six years older. At 23, they've got two years on us. Can they make it work this time? I say if that's what they really want...yes!