Masterfully done. Posting those things here I can talk about (*hint hint* become a Defender! :) )1) The Kiss
(not to be confused with Torg's Ceiling-Art of Zoe's parents!
Nice to compare this Kiss to Torg and Alt-Zoe during That Which Redeems, Torg's Welcome Home Kiss to his Zoe
, and Oasis' trauma-inducing kiss in the restaurant
. Pete's clearly put great care into each one. The Zoe and Alt-Zoe kisses are most significant:
Carefully notice Torg's "Huge Eyes" in each. In TWR, Torg clearly cares for her, yet there is a slight recurve at the top of his closed eyes. He's holding something back... or struggling with something. They are both lying to themselves, and each other as "replacements." At the end of 4U City, Torg isn't holding anything back. The straight, almost tensed vertical edge to the top of his eyelid shows the intensity of his feeling, he's not hiding his feelings one more second from the woman he though he lost... but he also knows this kiss is more of a message than a mutual thing. He doesn't know how Zoe will respond. Yesterday
, Torg is clearly surprised but accepts it arms free- just as he accepted Zoe's hug on his return in "Tears in the Darkness"- though from contentment (his eyelid turned
Then today... he returns it, his lids turning downward and his eyes are perfectly at peace. 2) The Cast
Masterfully done- save of course Queen Siphy and Mr. Riff's Dad, who barely know Torg and Zoe- everyone else's reactions are profoundly true to character, wonderfully done. Kiki's
sheer, pristine joy, like she's getting to be a Flower Girl at Torg's wedding all over again (minus the carnage and armed kidnapping)- and perfectly in the moment, as Kiki always is. Riff's
simple, subtle smile... echoing (as others noted) his perfect happiness at bringing Zoe home. (making this the 2nd of the only 2 days
in the entire strip he's been so emotionally open/expressive
). With a slight wry downturn to one side this time though... he can't fully take credit for this part, though he's been watching it unfold from both their perspectives- including a perspective Zoe has no memory of. Bun Bun,
who has known Torg's feelings for Zoe longer than any other, and who even made a profoundly out-of-character promise
to Nerd Boy (which, we now learn may be nothing less than the promise of the God of Power in a place where he cannot lie. :D ). He's Torg's confessional and sworn protector of their love in bizzare way... but of course does not show any of this, and simply throws a wonderfully snide lewd comment. Love you Bun Bun! (runs like mad
OUCH. Still making sense of this one. Possibly the biggest surprise after the Kiss, apparently Torg and Zoe weren't the only one's having a terrible time expressing their feelings.
Bradster wrote:Yay! How many years have we been waiting for this moment? (sorry Aylee- maybe if you'd met Torg a few weeks earlier...)
Harsh man. You do realize he LITERALLY met Zoe the 2nd time, and learned her name after Aylee had trampled her? Like with chewed-upd Sam being the agent of their love, ironies within irony here.
And just because he deserves it- Chaz
is looking INCREDIBLY Bad@$$ on Torgs back with new leather hilt-wrappings
and increasing the hero/bad-boy value of Torg's black hoody so he looks like a knight in black armor, getting the kiss of his lady before wading into danger. Way to go, Chaz! 3) The Promise
This marks the second time you made a Promise
to a Zoe Torg... and this one is your Zoe. Here's praying you can keep it.