Chapter 11: December 20, 12:32pm

Chapter 11 >> December 20, 12:32pm
Jake: Hey...

Austin: Hi!
Jake: Did you order already?
Austin: Just coffee. I was waiting for you.
Jake: Do you know what you're getting?
Austin: Probably shepherd's pie.

Jake: Hmm...
Austin: Do you want to share nachos?

Jake: Sure!

Austin: Okay.
Austin: What did you want to talk about?

Jake: Oh!
Jake: Uhh...

Jake: Do...
Jake: You...

Jake: Want to...
Restaurant staff: Here are your nachos!
Austin: ...


Jake: How come you're not eating?
Austin: Sorry, I was thinking about something.

Jake: Do you...
Jake: Still want to go out with me?

Austin: Don't worry.
Austin: I took four months of your silence as a no.
Austin: And moved on.
Austin: Why are you bringing it up now?

Jake: Oh, uh...

Jake: Just...
Jake: Following up...

Jake: I'm gonna go to the wash-

Austin: Sit down.
Jake: But-
Austin: Sit down.

Austin: Tell me what's really on your mind.

Jake: ...
Jake: Sorry...

Jake: I'm a jerk for not saying anything this whole time.
Jake: I'm glad you moved on.
Jake: I'm the worst!
Jake: I'm sorry!
Jake: You don't have to forgive me!
Austin: Jake.

Austin: It's alright.
Austin: Here.

Jake: T-thanks...

Jake: I'm sorry.

Austin: Sometimes it takes a while for us to figure out our own feelings.
Austin: Thank you for giving me closure.
Jake: Is it really...

Jake: Too late? For us?
Austin: What do you mean?
Jake: It really took me this long
Jake: To believe that...
Jake: I might like you too...

Jake: But maybe I took too long.
Jake: Sorry...
Jake: Ignore me. I'm being stupid.

Austin: Jake.
Austin: Look at me.
Austin: Tell me what you want.
Jake: I'm a mess...
Jake: I fucked up...

Jake: But would you still want to go out with me?
Austin: I really did try to get over you.
Austin: But you've dragged me right back.
Austin: You're too cute.

Jake: C-cute?!'re...
Jake: Am I the only nervous wreck here?!

Austin: I'm a wreck too, but you like me, so I'm happy.
Jake: seem pretty put together.
Austin: I'm sweating buckets and my heart is beating out of my chest.
Jake: Wait, are you saying yes then?

Austin: I have some conditions.
Jake: Wha?!

Austin: No more lying. You're not very good at it anyway.
Jake: Ugh... (shielding self from the harsh truth)

Austin: Next, if we ever get to a point where our relationship is at risk,
Austin: Please don't give up.
Austin: We both need to work to stay together.
Austin: if that's alright with you...

Austin: Then I'm all yours.

Chapters 1-11 are compiled (along with some other short stories) in HWA book 1 (available in print or digital format).

I finished this part in March in advance of making the printed edition, so this is also a later freetalk. Looking back at pages I drew a month is always bit painful. I meant to release this in May, at the same time that the print edition would debut at TCAF. Since the print edition is on hold (due to COVID-19 situation), here's the chapter now :)

I had to redraw A's cardigan pattern a bunch of times because I drew the elements wrong (I remembered the order of patterns wrong). It's based off a cardigan that I own (that Wai got me a long time ago, we have almost matching ones). A's aesthetic is cozy cabin. I like quilted patterns a lot because it gives me cozy vibes too. I don't actually own anything quilted!!!

I created extremely gaudy artwork for this diner's decor. Actually some of them are old filtered drawings from years past. Look closely, and you may recognize some of them. Mentally I was inspired by Fran's. I should go there again.

In theory I should like drawing plants, but in practice, the overlapping leaves and curves make them quite hard to draw unless you're just going for a squiggle look.

This chapter has a lot of references/call-backs/parallels with previous ones. Like previous chapter, I'm never quite sure how to draw food with mostly b/w that looks appetizing.

I have a lot of other ideas about how their relationship progresses (spoiler: the slow burn continues). Specifically all good couples need to go to the aquarium on a date, right?? Drama must ensue. We must see shrimp and goby. I just want to draw animals.

Maybe I'll come back to these two later? Hope y'all enjoyed!!! The printed version has some scrappy poorly drawn 4-panel comics that extend this chapter.

Ch. 12 is going to be...totally different?????? I HAVE TO...START WRITING IT?? Next update might be farther out, haha.