Should have been more upfront about it from the beginning I would say, Joe, and just asked her straight out.
You might have saved yourself a lot of trouble (aka awkward embarrassment aka a crushing sense of guilt and shame).
Luckily, us cartoonists are perfect in every way and never commit such ludicrously obvious faux pas. Uh-oh! Hang on though...
In case you noticed, the changes to all the pages posted before this one were on purpose. I think they make the comic better. I certainly enjoy reading it more now.