I almost titled this page “Never Have I Ever (or) The Waiting Game (or) The Floor is Lava,” referring equally to each group of characters, but decided that was too convoluted, even for this series.

The main reason for switching the focus back upstairs is to show how much time is passing while Cass and Noah set up. When I brainstormed ideas for what the characters upstairs would be doing, they very quickly grew into fleshed-out scenes that would each take up a full page. I distilled them down to their most essential parts and drew single snapshots to quicken the pace.

Thirteen’s second line was added to assure readers they aren’t drinking alcohol. (Morty’s line alludes to that as well, but I wanted to make it very clear.)