The Count: Thanks, I'm glad you liked this story. VMMC isn't part of my timeline except as a TV movie. But their productions contain elements from real life in among the fiction, and JP's passing is one of those elements. So, yes, I guess that this fic does take place after that. : ) Charlietheowl: After all I've put these guys through (well, Skeeter not so much) I think they deserve a little family time. Skeeter's blown off a lot of steam, gotten plenty of stuff out of her system, and is ready to open up to her "nerdy little brother," who now doesn't mind it when she yanks his chain. As for Idgie, I'm hoping someone will recognize the book & movie character she's based on. I watched the movie just last night, in fact. Newsmanfan: I'm kind of glad to have Scooter and Janken at a point that their orientation and relationship is no longer The Issue. It's taken them a few years, but by now they have enough experience under their belts that they're comfortable about it, and Scooter has stopped fretting about what anyone others would think if they knew. Heh, I'll have to draw Wet Janken so you can judge how rodenty he is. As for Fraggles' perception of the outside world, that kind of stuff is fun. I'm writing them as aliens, and I like showing the world seen in a different way. It's a big step for them to leave the safety of their caves because, well, once you're in a place where there are no familiar tunnels to show you where you are, just distance in every direction, where are you? It's like going out to sea with no instruments. Agoraphobia is almost inevitable. Thankfully Janken's over that, so seeing a landscape that goes on for miles doesn't freak him out. PS: Heh, I like spit-takes. I have one page of original art from the comic series Xxxenophile, and of all things I got it because of the spit-take gag. PPS: "Pregnant pause"? Oh, arrrrrgh. Shame on you.