Montage page of them on various dates. The symphony, a movie, an art gallery, and at a restaurant.
[Steve was a great date.]
[Laura never had to pay for him, because he just hid in her pocket or collar.]
[At meals he only ate a few morsels.]
[They had similar tastes in music, films, art and food.]
[And he was the perfect gentleman.]
[And even though Steve never paid ... he did have ways to save Laura money.]
Steve and Laura at a fancy restaurant. Steve peering out of her collar.
Steve: "Nineteen ninety-five for lemon and watercress soup ... watercress is a weed!"
Laura: "I like it."
Steve: "So do I, so do I ... but you shouldn't have to pay that much for it."
12/3 Steve leaps through the air ...
12/4 ... does a somersault ...
12/5 ... and lands with a splash in the soup.
Laura; Are you okay?
Steve: "I'm fine,. Now call the waiter over."
Laura: "Um, waiter. Waiter. Waiter!!! There's a bug in my soup."
[ A coupe of dates later Steve finally made his big move.]
[ He’d got his feelers on opera tickets. Carmen, which was Laura’s second favorite. And he arranged a meal. ]
[ He didn’t cook at all – “Never bothered to learn” – but he could order takeaways if there was a push button phone. ]
[ He got a few hundred friends to help him, and when Laura arrived home from work she stepped into a candlelit wonderland ... ]
Flowers, chilled bottle of champagne, table set and waiting.
[ Dinner arrived at the door before she could catch her breath. Thai. ]
[ The money for it was taped to the door in an envelope. Steve wasn’t leaving anything to chance...]
Rest of the page is a wordless series of panels of the eating, drinking, etc. that lead to their first kiss.
Laura and Steve lying in bed, in post-coital bliss. Tricky to do, but don't show anything.
Laura: "How did you do all that?"
Steve: "I may be small, but I know what Im doing."
Laura: "He he ... No, silly. I meant the dinner, the flowers, all that."
Steve: "Some friends helped."
Laura looking shocked
"Yeah. Other cockroaches."
Laura pulling the covers all the way up over her so only her eyes and top of her head are showing.
[Steve moved in.]
Laura's bedroom, which has a large bed with a bookcase built in as a headboard, so there are books above and behind the pillow area of the bed.
[He'd lived close by anyway, ... under the fridge.]
[But now it was more official. A spot under a book on a shelf above Laura's bed.]
a little nest in the bookshelf Laura had above her bed, under a book called Flower-Arranging Your Soul.
[Life was pretty good...]
Happy Laura and Steve.
[But it could always be better.]
Steve: “Mind if I have some friends ‘round occassionally?”
Laura: “No, of course not,”
[ ...she said without thinking. ]
[ She woke up three hours later from a panicked dream about being lost in the mall as a child, calling frantic and hopeless for her mother, while crowds of shoppers looked on with scorn.]
Laura waking up with a start.
Laura sitting up in bed, tousled blankets, cold sweat.
Laura: "Wow, that was a weird and horrible dream."
Laura looking at the bookcase nest where Steve sleeps.
Laura: "You there, Steve?"
Laura lifting up the book he lives under.
Large panel. Under the book are four cockroaches (one of them Steve, but don't worry if they all look the same). They all 'look' surprised. Laura is also surprised, but angry.
Laura: "What the ... ?"
Laura talking to Steve. Steve on a table or counter. Laura talking down at him
Laura: "What the hell were they doing in my bedroom?”
Steve: “Just looking.”
Laura: “At what!”
Steve: “At my nest, ... just at my nest.”
Laura with folded arms.
Steve: "You really know how to break up a party.... You gave them quite a scare.”
Laura: “They were looking at me.”
Steve: “No, not at all.”
Laura “Don’t lie to me, Steve.”
Steve: “Well, maybe DeShaun had a bit of a look."
Steve: “It won’t happen again."
[Of course it did.]
[ At first Steve tried to refuse the requests a of his fellow ‘roaches. But when the bribes started to come in he caved. ]
A cockroach giving Steve something nice, food or something.
[Steve knew it was wrong. He knew it could only lead to trouble. But all his lives he had been searching for respect. ]
Steve with admiring fellow roaches.
[ Now he had it all ... he wanted more. ]
Steve and Laura.
Steve: “I wish I was bigger.”
Laura: “You’re like every guy I’ve ever been with. Worried about your size.”
Steve: “Well, I have a right to be.”
Laura; "You have absolutely nothing to worry about. I’ve never been so satisfied.”
Steve: “Thanks, but…”
Steve: “... It’s just that I can’t be in two places at once."
Steve:“It means I can’t do all the things I want to do to … to do with you when we are, you know, … doing … stuff.”
Laura: “Are you blushing?”
Steve: “If it was possible I would be.”
Laura; “It really doesn’t bother me.”
Steve: “But it could be so much better."
Steve: “If only there was more than one of me.”
[ That night Laura had a headache. ]
to be concluded next post ...