|Monday, July 27, 2009|
|Panel 1: In Casey's room, Casey continues to cry as a baffled Marie confronts him.|
Marie: So you didn't want a relationship. Did you ever think of just saying, "I don't want a relationship"?
Casey: It wouldn't have worked.
Marie: I am a rational human being, Casey.
Casey: I'm not.
Casey: If we'd stayed friends, I would always have been tempted, and I don't deal well with temptation. I had to make sure my feelings were a moot point.
Marie: Congratulations: they really, really are.
Casey: Yay me.
Alt-Text: If you are puzzled by Casey's strategy, think of it like this: he's like someone who stops himself from eating cookies by ensuring that all the cookies in the world HATE him.