Edit to add:
Fred posted this message when he posted the comic to Patreon.
I want to thank all of you for your patience as i got through the last month of the Bus driving duties plus everything else that piled up unil Friday of last week. I'm gearing up now to working full time this summer on comics, artwork and the daunting backlog of things i need to be working on. First up was to finish up this comic and get the rest of this scene worked out. In case you were wondering, i have been daunted by this interaction and how it would work for a while now and it took some serious head to desk action over the past few days to finally feel i have it worked out. You know i wont post things if it doesn't feel like its right, it's especially hard when i enter tricky story areas, like these. The impact of all this on the story is daunting, and so the gut feel is important. We're good now, so i hope you enjoy the next few comics (which i will be doing much closer together now, so you wont have to wait too long for the next one, hopefully Your support deserves me not screwing this up