Just stopping in my reading to chime in that you are a brilliant author. You're characters have so much life It takes a lot for me to force myself to accept they are just that -- characters! You go shiniez!
All reading through this particular strip, a song wouldn't leave me alone, but for the life of me I couldn't remember the artist, lyrics, music or title until after I finished the strip. "Terrible Thought," by Poe. The details finally hit me after hitting the next button. I had to come back and say it.
I read everything that has been posted of Sunstone before Blood Stein, which I recently caught up on and now I have to laugh so hard when I read this strip because it now makes sense! At the time I was like, "Who is Elly and why is she freaking out? Who is Serge?" And now I know!!! It's good to be in the loop