I hope it’s clear that Fae is falling into the grave that she was standing over in the previous panel. Also romance!
I’m not a really big fan of romance in stories because there are very few instances where romance is done well, at least in Hollywood. And don’t get me started on love triangles… I hate love triangles with the fiery passion of a 1000 suns. However, as I get older I understand more and more why even the stupidest of romantic subplots make some people happy and have actually come to enjoy some plots that I use to hate.
For example, I use to loathe Romeo and Juliet. Romeo has a cat’s fickleness and Juliet has self-esteem issues but now that I’m much farther from my teenage years the story to two “star crossed lovers” is amusing in a very special way. To me Romeo and Juliet is very much a dark comedy where we as an audience get to laugh at two rebellious, hormonal teenagers doing what rebellious, hormonal teenagers do best – doing extremely stupid, shortsighted things in the name of “true love”. In that same vein we get to witness the absurdity of generational feuding. It’s a funny story.
While I bring up Romeo and Juliet, it actually has nothing to do with the current scene. I prefer for Romantic subplots to only become explicit if the subplot has some bearing on the main plot. The tremendous impact of Hope and Noliidae’s (the arboreal’s name) relationship on the history of Viosia (where Eternity Complex is set) hasn’t really come up in the story, yet. But it will.