OH NOOOOOOS! She’s dating BEN!
We don’t strive for realism too often in this strip. This is one of the few instances where it needs to be done. I have had the privilege of knowing many geeks. This is a story they tell again and again. See if this sounds familiar. Geek likes girl, girl likes geek as friend, girl dates jerk, girl gets hurt by jerk, geek still there for girl, girl dates jerk. Rinse and repeat. It’s so cliche, it’s something you’d see in a sitcom.
It’s easy to look at the girls, and ask “why do they always go after the jerks?” Being a geek myself, it’s hard to say this:
Gentlemen, it’s your own fault!
I may be a geek, but I have the luxury of also being a jerk… a much bigger jerk than a geek. (***Warning: NSFW***For example.) The guys these girls are dating don’t see themselves as “the jerk.” They see themselves as we all do: as the hero of our own story. They see themselves as awesome, funny, cool and hot. While you follow around the girl like a puppy, “the jerks” are busy being awesome.
More often than not the ending of the story is that the geek gives up after YEARS of hoping that they will be the hero and get the girl. The moral of the story is: give up now. Stop investing time and energy in people that don’t appreciate you. Go invest time in meeting new people and finding a girl who will see you as the hero of her story.