Apologies for not having a proper comic up today; it's been a rough start of the week, and I made an error with the scanner today. The comic that should have been up today will be up tomorrow instead, and I will see if I can draw one for Friday.
Anyway, I wanted to talk about my reasons for finally having Lamode and B.B. kiss, after four months of dating on and off in comic time, and becoming closer.
When I was drawing last week's comics, I was thinking of this quote from The Princess Bride: "Since the invention of the kiss, there have only been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind."
The quote is about true love, and after one of the most touching reconciliations depicted on the screen. I've always felt that in fiction a hero needs to earn a kiss, whether the hero is a guy or a girl. In this case, B.B. had to earn Lamode's respect and understanding what she values. In this case she valued her apprentice's life over everything else, and for good reason.
The Adam story lines have brought out positive and negative traits in B.B.: jealousy and petty anger, but also emotional support and sanity in times of crisis. His jealousy of Adam is unfounded but human, given his esteem issues regarding women, and he moves past it to do the right thing, thus becoming the hero. Taking a moment to comfort Schulz before carrying him home confirms this compassion.
Lamode also earned the right to bestow a kiss, because she made it a point to rescue Schulz, before he could get seriously hurt. She would rather not have her old life taint her new one, especially hurting the people she cares about.