Author Notes Edit
You might (or might not) recall from Maria’s first appearance way back on page 8, a little non sequitur where the scene opens just in time for the bewildering punchline, “No way, man. That’s NOT a duck.” I use that one a lot (my DeviantArt watchers can find it at least one more time in my gallery if they look carefully).
Long ago however - dating back to perhaps even my preteen years before I took writing remotely seriously - my strange punchline without a joke was always, “You don’t understand. The sushi is good!” Neither of these make a lick of sense, and your guess is as good as mine as to how it’s funny in context, but it does apparently make Maria out to be one hell of a good storyteller.
Concerning the 5th through 7th panels, it’s worth noting that aside from Rain and Rudy, probably no one was REALLY looking at Maria just then. Or rather, they weren’t actively eavesdropping. Or are they? Seemed like someone was ALWAYS watching back in high school. But that’s not the point. Regardless of whether anyone’s paying attention, Maria - “desperate for her smokescreen” as Rudy puts it - puts on a show to make absolute sure everyone sees they’re “together” again.
It’s pages like this that remind me that I don’t miss high school…
So, then I'm like, "You don't understand! The sushi is good!"
Oh, god. That one gets me every time.
Comic gold, is what that is.
That's an old one. Haven't heard that one in a while...
Hey. Room for one more?
Of course there's room for my BOYFRIEND!!
Wait. I'm lost. I thought they broke up and weren't talking?
Get used to it. It's not the first time and probably won't be the last. Maria is too scared to go too long without her smokescreen.