Rose: Explore this human emotion called sincerity.
Rose: Wow okay, Stop. That’s enough for now. Baby steps, baby.
[transcript: xkcd comic repurposed as a heartwarming homestuck holiday tale featuring Rose/Sollux.
SOLLUX, pondering: Flowers seem so… trite. Something homemade? Easy to look half-hearted.
ROSE: Valentine’s Day is a corporate construct. But hard to opt out of. I don’t want to be a consumer tool OR an inconsiderate jerk.
SOLLUX: How do I fight cliche? I could get her a gift on a different day, but what am I proving?
ROSE: It’s such a contrived ritual. But maybe rituals are necessary social glue.
SOLLUX: Forty presents. No, NONE! No, give her five and then steal two from her. OK, breathe. Keep it together.
ROSE: And what if he gets me something and I don’t reciprocate? Prisoners Dilemma! AAAAAAA!
SOLLUX: I got you human easter candy and a jar of hammers.
ROSE: I panicked and stapled my hand to my face.
SOLLUX: We overthought this.