@Sulferon: I'm sorry you feel that way, but my characters were written this way from the start. I wasn't trying to make it any more special than a cute moment between partners. If a colorful background for a cute moment of levity is too much for you, then I really don't know what to tell you.
I've had this story cooking for a number of years and this moment was always part of it.
@Neon Noble: I'd figured Zareth was female (can't recall now what first gave me that impression, maybe body language? But I notice now that she has the same eyelash-points as Laska), and from how Laska reacted to her I'd figured they were at least acquainted (and probably good friends), but this is much cuter! I especially love that muzzle-top kiss! I (like Doomsby) don't think I'd seen such a kiss before and it's really sweet!
@Neon Noble: That's true. Sometimes, a masculine looking female is quite attractive. I guess that her acting masculine is what confused me. But, as a writer, I should have realized that a lot of times, things aren't what they seem.