Are we friends or…more?

Partly for a change, I decided to try writing a mini comic instead of a short story. One my earlier pieces had a character suspecting that recurring characters Diarmuid and Siobhán might be getting attracted to each other, so here’s an attempt at drawing them realising it.

Two girls standing slightly apart. One is glancing sideways at the other; the other is staring off into the distance. Both look confused/worried

Maebh: Another game?
Siobhán: Another g-g-game would… [internally] I…oh God, am I in love?
Maebh: Hey, are you all right?
Siobhán: I…I just realised t-that I need to t-talk to Diarmuid about s-s-something.
Maebh: Sure…I think I saw him outside smoking.

A boy (left) and girl (right) staring at each other. The boy is smoking.

Diarmuid: Something bothering ya, Shivva?
Siobhán: W-w-we’re…friends, are we not?
Diarmuid: What?
Siobhán: …
Diarmuid: You’re probably my first.
Siobhán: I…I see…[internally] Did he…say yes? Or did he…not understand?
Diarmuid [internally]: I’m missing something. Is she…oh bugger, don’t say it out loud…don’t scare her off…
Siobhán [internally]: Am I in love with him and Maebh? Does that mean…
Diarmuid: Siobhán, there’s something you’re not telling me. What is it?
Siobhán: I d-d-don’t know! I…
Diarmuid: When you work it out, let me know, will ya?
Siobhán: I-I-I will.

Two boys standling next to each other. One is an albino with a smirk on his face. The other is giving him a confused look

Seamus: So, you and “Shivva”?
Diarmuid: What about us?
Seamus [chuckling]: You’re in love with each other. Even I can see it.
Diarmuid: I have no idea what you are talking about. All she did was ask if we’re friends! That’s it.
Seamus: Keep telling yourself that. [smirks] I bet her milkbowls look lovely.
Diarmuid: What does that have to do with anything?

Author’s note: Siobhán is bisexual, but Diarmuid is a heteroromantic asexual (no interest in sex, but he’ll date girls). Being an aromantic asexual (someone who doesn’t experience sexual or romantic attraction), I have no idea whatsoever what romantic or sexual attraction is like, so I’ve been stumped for a while on how to portray either. I figured that their PTSD from escaping the lab that experimented on them might banjax their heads up enough that they might not quite get it, and they’ve only know each other for about a month anyway…so take this for what it’s worth.

If you want to know more about asexuality, then the overview here is probably a good place to start.

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