Chapter 36 is a chapter that shows readers just how much Connor and Risa feel for each other. Prior to being at the Graveyard, Connor and Risa supported each other, but a huge reason for that was necessity. They knew they stood a better chance at evading the authorities together...
Chapter 36 is a chapter that shows readers just how much Connor and Risa feel for each other. Prior to being at the Graveyard, Connor and Risa supported each other, but a huge reason for that was necessity. They knew they stood a better chance at evading the authorities together than apart. Readers suspect that romantic feelings might be bubbling beneath the surface, but Connor and Risa are never really free to act on those—something dangerous always gets in the way.
Once Connor and Risa are at the Graveyard, their lives calm down drastically, and they are free to lead a somewhat normal teenage life. They each have dedicated chores/jobs at the Graveyard, but the kids are also free to study in one of the aircraft. This is where Risa comes across Connor in chapter 36, and we are told that she is "thrilled" to see him. This tells readers that Risa definitely harbors positive feelings for Connor. She isn't neutral about him or even upset to see him—she is glad to be near him. Connor's reaction is similar. He sees that the entering person is Risa, and he instantly relaxes. He's calm around her. He's at peace. He feels comfortable enough to be himself. This is a huge step in any relationship. That relaxation shows he trusts her, and readers are told that Risa is glad to have that effect on Connor.
They exchange a few more words, and it becomes clear that Connor is worried about Risa's safety, but he can't find the words to explain himself or his feelings for her, so he does the next best thing. He closes the distance between them and kisses Risa. Risa is momentarily taken aback; however, she gives him a deeply passionate kiss in return and tells Connor she definitely hopes to see him later.
"What was that for?"
It takes a moment for him to get his brain functioning again. "That," he says, "is in case something happens and I don't see you again."
"Fine," she says, and she pulls him into another kiss—this one longer than the first. When she breaks it off, she says, "That's in case I do see you again."