An online comic about Ace. A young geek that's too nice for his own good. All he wants is a regular life and a regular girlfriend. But he knows that isn't going to happen. – CGI – Adult situations. Artistic nudity. Not suitable for children or Fundies.
Ace: And that's when Rusty brought you in.
X: And this kiss business with that White Queen?
Ace: Oh, she caught up with us while masquerading as Rusty to tell us the way was clear. I made a flip remark about being happy enough to kiss her and she'd replied it wouldn't be unwelcome. There was no air on that deck, so it wasn't exactly possible then. So when I met her here again, I asked if she wanted her kiss now to let her know I hadn't been fooled.
Peach: Well, I can assure you that my XO is a much better kisser.
X: Enough with the “XO” already.
Ace: What's wrong with “XO?”
X: Oh, yes, I should thank you for that one, right on the kisser.
Peach: *snicker* Well, you know how “xxxooo” at the end of a message is interpreted as hugs and kisses? Well, in our culture it also carries sexual connotations and many bond couples and groups are made up of people that are fond of each other, but not mutually sexual. An adaptation in our culture for a more modest closing line for family and close friends is “xo,” meaning “a hug and a kiss.”
Ace: Well, that makes perfect sense. And, X, I can see your problem. I guess it wouldn't be considered appropriate on duty. Sorry.
X: Oh, that's not the problem. We don't trot out arguments in front of the crew, but if we tried pretending we weren't close, everyone would be suspicious. No, the real problem is that there's a rather lurid sit-com drama series back home about the antics and adventures of the the crew of an Expeditionary Corps transport. The captain seems to either make a new romantic conquest or have an old flame waiting at every habitat, station, or outpost. The name of the captain and series is “Commander Huggenkis, Ex Corps.”
Peach: I never miss an episode.