i really like how karkat loves quadrants and romance so much but as soon as it even possibly involves him he wants absolutely nothing to do with it. just straight up refuses to talk about it.
also kinda sounds like the topic of dave and karkat being a thing has come up. or possibly happened or ‘sorta’ happened, but is no longer a thing in that way. not so much a break-up, because obviously they’re still on very good terms, but like. ‘yeah it kinda went there, but then we decided to reel it back in a bit because it wasn’t what we wanted’.
because if dave and karkat were currently in a [red] romantic relationship then this would have been the perfect opportunity to tell john. john practically asked him. and if it had been a clear-cut yes or no, then dave would have just said it if that was the point he was making to john, but apparently it wasn’t. i’m actually really proud of the progress dave has made and everything he talked about to john. he actually sounds a lot like dirk rn, but he’s got his shit together a bit more.