Comic 793 - Jingle

11th Feb 2016, 7:02 PM in Ch. 28: Love, Trust, and Respect
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 11th Feb 2016, 7:02 PM edit delete
Er-hem. O_O

This is one of those pages where I was still kinda tweaking the dialogue up until... oh, five minutes ago. I would mention how I hope I got it right, but I'm sure that even if I did, some will disagree.

In fact, based on comments left on previous pages, I'm going to guess responses to this might be somewhat divided. But I still want to hear them. How do you feel about the way Aiken, Jessica and/or even Heather handles things here? What's next for them at this point?

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Reimi 11th Feb 2016, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
Ouch, that looked like it hurt...

Aiken, you did good.
j-eagle12212012 11th Feb 2016, 9:04 PM edit delete reply
I'm impressed at the level of growth Aiken has experienced as a character. He handled this conversation very respectfully.

I'm not sure what Heather is thinking in panel 2 it intrigues me.

Holy crap! That is gonna be sore for a few days...not what I expected at all, I'm a little surprised that Jessica had that reaction it seems a tad extreme and she is gonna regret doing that when the pain kicks in
Noelle 11th Feb 2016, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
I've been in Jessica's situation before, though things were slightly different. I'd broken up with a boy I liked because he was a massive shithead to me, and even when he improved and came back I just... couldn't get the words "It's OK, I forgive you" to come out. I didn't know why, but it just didn't want to work.

Later I figured out that I'm a lesbian, so that has something to do with it, but also I just... couldn't forgive him, even though I'm an almost pathologically forgiving person. The words didn't wanna come out.

I hope Jess and Aiken get back together, because it seems like they'd genuinely work together. It's gonna take time, probably a few months, but they'd work so well on so many levels and Aiken's shown he's not so stupid that he can't learn.
thatguyinthecorner 11th Feb 2016, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
For a moment I misinterpreted the impact squiggles as Jessica's head breaking the table.

Tough crap, this kinda situation. Aiken is a noble little bastard.
Canadian Guy 11th Feb 2016, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
He's lucky to get to say that, the one I loved wouldn't even let.
DocMesa 12th Feb 2016, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
Hate is a lens. When you see someone through it, it magnifies their flaws and reduces their good traits. Day by day, the flaws get larger until they are all you see. Suddenly you're not looking at a person anymore; you're looking at a monster. It's easier to hate a monster because there's nothing to relate to and nothing to empathize with. You start to fantasise about killing the monster and make it suffer the same pains it inflicted on you. Fair's fair, after all.

One day, the monster walks back into your life. You've forseen every possible attack it will make, how you could counter it. Then the monster speaks:

"I'm sorry."

It speaks with a human voice; one tinged with true regret and remorse. Confusion arises - this isn't how a monster is supposed to behave. Your carefully planned attacks and defenses throw up a 404 error. The monster continues to talk and as it does, small parts of itself start falling away, revealing something that looks more and more human. Things you can understand. Worryingly, you begin to feel the small first steps of empathy and you freak out because you're not supposed to empathize with monsters.

After what seems like an eternity, the monster turns and walks away. From the back, it almost looks like a human.
Guest 13th Feb 2016, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
Thank you for saying this. Thank you.
no 12th Nov 2020, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
wow, poetic!
Lemonado Girl 12th Feb 2016, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Honestly, this says a lot about Jess' willingness to reconcile. I know that if some of the people that were crappy to me in the past were to suddenly apologize, I know I'd be saying to them "You say you're sorry? That doesn't sweeten my tea-prove it with your actions." Not only that, it would take a lot from them to do so. It's probably terrible of me, but I'm not going to just forget the damage they caused.
Evalyn-Averis 12th Feb 2016, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
I agree with you, once someone has reached that point when I no longer just shrug off their actions as 'mortals make mistakes' it takes an Olympian effort to get me to even want to talk to them. Even if they apologize, their mistakes are still going to be there, hanging over everyone's head, because I'll have told my friends what they did, and they'll have done the same.

Eventually Jessica is going to be glad she reacted with silence (though holy fuck, Ow) because anything she said during that would have been too hinged on her desperate emotions to have someone who was so important to her back.
Tami-In-The-Rain 12th Feb 2016, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
So much empathy with Jessica right now that it hurts my heart! Had an event like this where if I had been able to say ANYTHING, even a single word, it would have changed my entire life. Please, please, have Jessica or Heather tell Aiken what happened.
Devgirl Neko 12th Feb 2016, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
Devgirl Neko
Very rarely have I seen a facedesk used as drama, but it really worked here. I just hope she doesn't have a concussion.
j-eagle12212012 12th Feb 2016, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
I love your Rainbow Dash
Devgirl Neko 12th Feb 2016, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
Devgirl Neko
AmbiguousMouse 12th Feb 2016, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
In an effort to lighten the mood, I'd like to say that Jessica's faceful (heh) confrontation with the table with the table seems to have finally beaten Fara smacking Ellen Parker with a poster as the most action this strip has seen.
GMB13carat 13th Feb 2016, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
Well, after binge-reading the entire archive... I can see why this comic is so popular! Keep up the good work!

You've got yourself a new sub! :)
Meester Tweester 14th Feb 2016, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
You would think slamming your nose on a counter would hurt, but Jessica doesn't really have a nose from the front anyway. :P
ramona 14th Feb 2016, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
Heather obvs has the feels for Jess and like, yeah Aiken and Jess have it bad in this scene but I kinda feel like maybe Jess is the first person Heather has opened up to, or at least been totally and unconditionally accepted by after telling them that she's intersex. So her witnessing this is probably pretty painful. v.v

Like, good on you Aiken for not being a total ass, but I'm pretty much always gonna be on team lesbian.
AmbiguousMouse 14th Feb 2016, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
Unfortunately for Heather, it doesn't seem like Jess is on Team Lesbian, at least not on a conscious level.
HeavensRev 14th Feb 2016, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
Reading this page on valentines day may not be such a good idea
AmbiguousMouse 14th Feb 2016, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
Especially if you're going through anything remotely similar.
Guest 25th Feb 2016, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
Aiken needs a pat on the back.

Jessica might need an ice pack. Ouch,
Lex-Kat 26th Nov 2016, 12:43 AM edit delete reply
I've.. I've done that. Someone broke my heart, and I needed to feel something other than the emotional pain. So I slammed my head against a metal pillar at work, at least twice.

I don't remember much after that, it was a blur. But, I didn't knock myself out, and I didn't go to the hospital.
Emily 7th May 2018, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
No, Jessica, you did right. At some point, your heart is going to take over to protect you . . . like right now. Aiken's changed, but you're still deeply hurt to the point where you can't be with him now.

Don't hurt yourself.
no 12th Nov 2020, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
go after him!
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