Stone Soup is usually pretty normal in their family relations. However, we've started a plot where Val, the redhead is having upheaval because of confusion about the direction her relationship with her longtime boyfriend Phil is headed. They were both happily plunked in "not getting married" but now the waters have been muddied.
What drives me crazy is her reaction. She doesn't know what her feelings are about marriage, which is fine. But she reverts to the classic "he must ask me" stance that is not in keeping with the tone of the rest of the strip.
Val, all you have to say is something like, "Let's have a chat about where we are now with the whole marrying thing." And boom! You and your partner can come to a conclusion together.