4.06 Running Into You 10

July 12th, 2012, 12:01 am

Author Comments:

Gibson Twist, July 11th, 2012, 11:30 pm

I am torn in this chapter between the author who wants to let the words shape the impression of the story and the man who just wants to scream that everything you think is wrong.

Today, the author wins.

User Comments:

Alice (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 12:10 am

I think....
I think people don't give Christo enough credit. He might be a bit of a horndog, but he has an all-too-legit concept of what tends to happen in these situations.

Barzaad (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 12:16 am

A lesson from the Outlaws:
Anyone who thinks that friendship and love are two different things, is a fool. They are two avenues to the same destination.

Friendship and sexual attraction however, are infact two seperate things entirely. I often have trouble resisting my female friends' looks. But that's a test of friendship innit?

Whether you can withstand the one-sided or mutual attraction. Or if you can do the deed and stay friends without mixing stuff up.... How did Jeff from Community put it?... "Compartmentalized our libidos."

... Just my 1/50th of a dollar on the subject.

TacoTotes, July 12th, 2012, 12:31 am

I love the When Harry Met Sally vibe.

Xenocide, July 12th, 2012, 12:44 am

Holy bajeezus, I fucking love you, Christo.


Christo needs more love, because he's totally the best character(besides Peter).

He knows what he's saying is full of shit, except, somehow, it still makes SO MUCH FUCKING SENSE.


reverendjack, July 12th, 2012, 1:36 am

I'm sure there are 'exceptions to the rule' with what Christo is saying, but none that I've ever met or heard of.

yayness (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 5:43 am

Christo is wrong. I know Gibson knows this, but various commenters seem to think he has at least a glimmer of truth.

Thing is, if it is impossible for single people with compatible sexualities to be friends then bi people have no friends. And as a bi person with friends I object to this. Some friends (both male and female) I have totally platonic relationships with. Other friends (both male and female) I fancy the pants off.

Having said all that, Rick is being bit unfair here. If you're chatting up a girl you can at least be passingly polite to her bf. :p

Strife (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 7:15 am

I have plenty of female friends, and I am certainly attracted to many of them but I lack any further interest. When someone is a friend, they happily include other friends. This guy blatantly ignores everyone but Lauren... My god she is so blind >.<

amiko_16, July 12th, 2012, 7:37 am

This is an argument that's always frustrated me, since I had several guy friends in the military who were more like brothers than friends. I'm still close with them, even now that I'm a civvie. People were always assuming I was dating or banging at least one of them, no matter what we said, and it was frustrating.

Jeffko, July 12th, 2012, 8:23 am

My $0.02
While it may be true that two single people with compatible sexualities and things in common might experience some attraction to each other, it would be unfair and irresponsible to assume that one (if attraction is one-sided) or both (if it's mutual) parties would automatically act upon it.

You need to look at the bigger picture here. I'm single and have female friends whose friendship I cherish, and while they may be physically and/or mentally attractive to me, I wouldn't think to pursue any relationship beyond the platonic with them. As Amiko_16 said, sometimes you can feel a certain fraternal kinship with people of the opposite sex, which can be just as rewarding as a bf/gf relationship.

All that being said, it surprises me how Lauren fails to notice how Rick responds to Christo and especially Sam, her own bf. Seems to me that she's so hellbent on proving to them that guys and girls can just be friends no matter what that she can't see what Rick is trying to pull or, at the very least, that he's not being very cool and open with her people. Unfortunately, Christo's initial reaction to all this probably served to sour her note and set the tone to her behaviour.

Xasswuwe (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 8:30 am

I just wanna jump in the screen and bitch slap Christo. Really, really bad. I love him, but man! He's just making shit worse by trying to put people in their place. He's like a funny, less mean spirited Patrick in a way.

Hornet (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 8:58 am

I can't wait for Lauren to make up her mind, so we can get past this story.

mitchellbravo, July 12th, 2012, 10:03 am

Sam's calm demeanor tells me he's had this conversation before. Poor guy, looks like he just wants to fast forward to a few hours from now when the whole conversation is over.

Seth (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 10:21 am

Well, I was going to post an outraged response to Christo's comments, but I had to stop myself when I realized that I can't exactly argue from personal experience here. I'm ace, and crap like this tends to make me want to put a little distance between myself and the gender binary as well.

Adam (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 12:01 pm

I would love to buy this on a T-shirt, the conversation is just hilarious.

Vicki (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 12:10 pm

in general
Christo is talking generalities that he may (or may not) believe. The problem is that this is a specific situation so the generalities are not so helpful.

Xinea, July 12th, 2012, 12:18 pm

Christo is right
if he's referring to a fictional story/webcomic/movie/show, in which this is pretty much true. Just like how you can't go into a parking garage without someone dying.

phoenixgem, July 12th, 2012, 12:38 pm

To be fair to Christo, His, Lauren's and Sam's group of friends fit in nicely within his generalisation XD

Olivia (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 2:30 pm

I've had exactly one male friend in my entire life who was neither gay nor wanted to sleep with me. And while in some ways that makes things easier because you always know where you stand, it also results in lost friendships when someone can't take a hint.

Jeff (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 3:57 pm

I think it takes a certain level of maturity to be just friends with someone that could otherwise have a potential romance with. I also believe that it really helps to already be in a good relationship.

I'm happily married and have a number of female friends today that are actually just friends, nothing more.

But it was just a few years back that I was single. I have to be honest, I have actually acted the way Rick is in the strip, and for me there was a wish that the friendship would become something more.

Los (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 5:48 pm

There's absolutely plenty of exceptions to what he said and it's not completely accurate. Still, as far as the spirit of his monologue, THANK YOU, Christo.

fallenpoet (Guest), July 12th, 2012, 7:45 pm

I'm going with Christo on this one. As he has a similar attitude, he's very qualified to point out the truth. The horn-dog knows what the other one is going to try. Also, of course you can be platonic friends, but Christo rightly points out that if you really think about it HONESTLY, one of the people in a platonic friendship is into the other in a more-than-friends way.

The_Hankerchief, July 13th, 2012, 5:07 pm

@amiko_16: I feel you. I'm learning that real quick here in the Air Force! Then again, it's a little different in the military; these are not only people we see almost every day, these are people we got to work with, live with, fight alongside with, and, sometimes in unfortunate situations, die with (fortunately the number of people that that last one happens to is fairly low). It may sound like horseshit to some civilians who've never went through that kind of living environment, but like you and me, you'd really have to live it to understand it. Those aren't just friends you're talking to, those are the people you're counting on to have your back in a hostile environment. You have to be able to trust them, just as they trust you to have theirs.


Bealtaine (Guest), July 14th, 2012, 5:27 am

While I don't fully agree with Christo, I think that Lauren is being a tad defensive

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