It turns out, talking and being honest DOES work! most of the time?
Panel 1: A park. Rho, seen from Aleph’s point of view. He says “I just feel that our friendship is really cool and special and I don’t want things to get…complicated? Like, I don’t know if I want this to be a romantic thing or something…”
Panel 2: Aleph, seen from Rho’s point of view. She smiles and says “But it doesn’t have to be!”. Rho (off panel) says “Are you okay with that?”, to which Aleph replies “Yeah!”
Panel 3: Rho scratches the back of his head, smiling, and says “Well, that was simpler than I thought…”
Panel 4: A close-up of Rho, turning away from Aleph. He clenches his fist looking mad. He says “Those jerks were right all along”. Aleph (off panel) says “What?”. Rho replies “Nothing”