Jenny: When you said you didn’t know where you stand, did you mean you’re like conflicted or you honestly don’t know how you really feel about stuff?
Laura: I was raised to obey orders. To suppress my feeling. It is hard for most people to understand, Hazmat.
Jenny: Ha. You might be surprised. But in the end you did go your own way, didn’t you?
Laura: In matters of death and survival, more nuanced situations…which I am learning comprise much of life… I have difficulty with.
Jenny: That’s one of the things I like so much about Ken. He just knows how he feels, and he puts it right out there. It’s so…pure. Look the X-kids and the Academy kids are all “West Side Story”, but he and Loa don’t care. They’re surfing. Must be a Hawaiian thing.
Laura: It makes you happy that she relates to him on this level.
Jenny: Of course. He missed surfing so much, and she found a way to let him do it again.
Laura: Why do you become angry when I speak to him?
Jenny: It’s stupid. I know. It all started when evil future Reptil said something about you and Ken hooking up just to mess with my head. Ken killed someone in the war against the Serpent. You know what that’s like. I… ah, who am I kidding? It has nothing to do with you, Laura. Ken and I were getting hot and heavy, and I freaked out. Ran. It wasn’t him. My powers first kicked in when I was with my old boyfriend and he almost died. Foaming at the mouth, seizures… I can’t stop seeing it. Especially when I’m…y’know with Ken. he’s immune to my powers. I know that in my head. But it doesn’t change how I feel. Ken thinks I’m lying. That it’s really about how he looks. Which it’s totally not. I don’t know. He’s such a sweet guy. And he really cares about me. Maybe I should just sick it up and-
Laura: No. If it feels wrong, you should not do it. Not to please someone else. You will lessen yourself.
Jenny: What if I lose him?
Laura: You will be sad. But you will be strong.
Jenny: Looks to me like you know pretty damn well how you feel about things. I’d say your real problem is you don’t sweat the small stuff. But y’know what they say. It’s all small stuff.
Avengers Academy #30 by Christos Gage & Tom Grummett
well this post has become quite long~ but ahhhhh! I loved these scenes so much! Jenny finds some common ground with Laura and is finally nice & civil to her. And they get to know a bit about each other. The past few issues, I didn’t like the way she was treating Laura at all, but I think after these moments, Jenny started thinking they could actually become friends. What I love is that Jenny let Laura in and was comfortable enough to tell her about some very personal things that she probably hasn’t talked to anyone about. And that Laura was also able to give her some great and useful advice that was really heartfelt. If I wasn’t already in love with Avengers Academy, I would be now!