Am I confused? Probably. This situation has nothing to do with a gay-perceived straight relationship. These girls are married. They present to the entire world as a lesbian couple. Even if they don’t think of themselves as anything but two people, they have explicitly put themselves on record as thinking that a same-sex relationship is fine and normal.
So why the slap? It seems totally out of character for Ruriko. And now I get confused, because I am unable to differentiate what I think Ruriko’s reaction should be and what mine would be. If I were in this situation, and was suddenly kissed by the woman I love, I would certainly not hit her. More likely would be that I would collapse in maelstrom of tears of happiness-confusion-fear of it not being real.
The conclusion. It’s a painful and unpleasant plot device.
Seriously. These people bringing up ultra-repressed scared lesbian shit make no sense. It's like they forgot which manga they're reading.
Thing is, they don't actually present as a lesbian couple. Like, Kurumi is literally writing about her experiences as a result of platonically marrying a friend. They included provisions for if they fell in love with someone else, but not each other. That sort of thing.
I started thinking that they were meant to be wedding rings, but the last panel reveals the truth to be much darker indeed. They are, in fact, Rings of Power, created by the Dark Lord Sauron. What does this mean? Hell if I know.
Future Elsa is potentially very disappointed that she didn’t get Evie to finally get it on with her past self. Either that or this was an incredibly roundabout and needlessly convoluted way of getting into contact with Evie.
Honestly, I really like the contrast between fantasy!Elsa and real!Elsa. It’s poignant. Not sure how exactly, but it is.
Fantasy!Elsa comfortably offers all of herself to the person she loves. Real!Elsa holds back on both because Yvonne keeps blocking her. I am not sure whether the real!Elsa is actually as thirsty as the fantasy!one, but I wouldn't put it past her, given what she said at the end of the last chapter...
It’s more than that, when I think about it more: in Yvonne’s fantasies, Elsa is very… meek. Not confident or assertive, despite intentionally making herself “enticing.” The difference between Elsa’s expression on page 2 of this chapter and her real expression on page 7 of the last say it all. I think that it’s a reflection of how Yvonne sees Elsa vs how Elsa is actually like.
I doubt that they're fully out of the gutters, as a lot of people are suggesting. As Elsa becomes more aggressive, Yvonne will feel more and more conflicted, and come into increasing conflict with the System and Elsa. Eventually, something will break. Just... not now. Not yet.
Oh thank the force. They didn’t completely break up.
Now, this isn't even mentioned. I understand that she misses her, but what happened to her inner conflict?
While true, I think you underestimate the ability of humans to delude yourselves, especially if there’s catharsis involved. Evie had been repeatedly stabbing herself with a proverbial knife until Elsa came and stopped her, and in the moment, that was more important than her fears.