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Baek Seol-a and Kim No-Rae
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Fluttering Feelings, or Exciting Feelings, was a Korean Webcomic by Ssamba. The work can be found on the Korean comic website Comico, for English readers though it would be best to go to the comics facebook page, that offers translations. It used to update with a new chapter every Monday.

The comic follows the life of two Business University students, the average slightly immature Kim No-Rae and the beautifully captivating Baek Seol-A, as well as their friends and family. A Slice of Life showing No-Rae and Seol-A's daily struggles and building friendship. The two young women become closer and closer until both have to struggle with what their relationship actually is.

Sadly in 2016 the author was diagnosed with cancer and decided to abandon the series to focus on her health. Tragically, Ssamba passed away in February 2018.

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  • The Ace: Seol-A is both incredibly beautiful and exceptionally intelligent.
  • Adult Fear: Happens to Seol-A in chapter 37 after seeing No-Rae off to work a few hours prior to hearing on the news about a horrific multi-car crash on the route No-Rae's bus takes and that three bus passengers are dead. Further heightened when Seol-A can't get a hold of No-Rae, the chapter then ends with Seol-A staring out a window.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Hwang Hye-Gyeong is frequently referred to as Kkyeong.
  • The Alcoholic: Seol-a tends to go all out when it comes to drinking. So does No-Rae.
  • Almost Kiss: Seol-A and No-Rae almost kiss after watching Pride and Prejudice in chapter 63, but are interupted by a phone call.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Seol-A states that she has never felt the way she does for No-Rae for anyone else, and despite many male suitors doesn't care very much for any of them.
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  • Ambiguous Situation: Ji-Hwan asking No-Rae out, he definitely has feelings for her, but the timing, right after eavesdropping on Seol-A and No-Rae having an intimate moment, and way he acts afterwards, disappointed but happy, lean themselves to him having ulterior motives.
  • Bi the Way: Both Seol-a and No-rae develop feelings for each other despite having only had boyfriends in the past.
  • Big Damn Heroes: What cements the two mains friendship is when No-rae saves Seol-a's life in chapter 3 when one of Seol-a's past boyfriends decides if he can't have her no one will.
  • Blatant Lies: "Can't you tell what I'm trying to say? I don't want anything to do with you anymore. So leave me alone." - No-rae to Seol-A (chapter 31).
  • Brainless Beauty: Averted, Seol-a, is actually incredibly intelligent, much to the shock of some of her classmates.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done a couple times to call the author out on various things.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Most of the tension between No-rae and Seol-a comes from the fact that both of them are unable to bring up their feelings for each other and what exactly their relationship is.
  • The Cat Came Back: Much to No-rae's surprise, Seol-A showed up at her hometown to look for her just after No-rae's best effort to drive Seol-A away - "I don't want to have anything to do with you anymore" (chapter 31).
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Slowly but surely both Seol-A and No-Rae exhibited jealousy at people getting close to the other. During a MT Seol-A even becomes jealous of a girl sleeping on No-Rae's arm. In the same arc, Seol-A stated that "today's feeling shitty" after seeing No-rae got kissed on the cheek by two other people when they played the King's Game. Later in chapter 21, when No-rae was complimenting another woman's beauty, Seol-a glared at her and said "is she prettier than me?". No-rae in chapter 27 - when she saw Seol-A was talking laughing with a guy on their "date".
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • No-Rae was in a very serious relationship, at least on her side, but then her boyfriend left her and No-rae completely broke down. A Year later she still can't bring herself to even date.
    • Seol-A has had terrible experiences with people in the past as well, guy's who only see her as a conquest to brag about and women who either talk behind her back or worse in Seol-A's mind try to act friendly in hopes of getting something out of it.
  • Dude Magnet: Seol-a, sadly she only seems to attract bad guys.
  • Face Palm: 50 Shades (or rather Obsessions) of Baek Seol-A!! Her personal pleasure rooms are filled with collectibles varies from crochet needles and wools, fancy Italian shoes, to limited-edition Iron-Man & Gundam, and game consoles ...
  • The Fashionista: Seol-a, as is to be expected of someone who sometimes works as a fashion model.
  • Female Gaze: Happens frequently between No-Rae and Seol-A as they frequently find themselves staring at the others lips, chest, stomach, and legs.
  • Gayngst: No-Rae freaks out a lot when she realizes she has feelings for Seol-a, though she is weary of love period after being badly hurt by it in the past. The two also have a lot of trouble on figuring out what their feelings for each other are or what to do with them since neither is brave enough to voice them.
  • Genki Girl: No-rae is very energetic and excitable, which tends to make others view her has somewhat childish.
  • Gossipy Hens: Hwang Hye-Gyeong, No-Rae's best friend, often reports to No-Rae the latest gossip, who often is uninterested.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Despite being more than a little intelligent, Seol-a has a horrible track record for judging people, an ex-boyfriend tries to kill her after she allows him into her apartment to tell him off, and she goes out with a guy with a reputation of getting girls drunk so he can have his way with them. Luckily No-rae saved her in both instances.
  • Irony: Everyone thinks Seol-A and Ji-Hwan are a couple but in actuality they are Just Friends who both happen to be in love with the same person.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Seol-a has shades of this, she's horribly popular because of her looks but she is also isolated because of them, guys only talk to her to ask for dates and girls see her as the enemy.
  • Love Epiphany: Seol-a, in chapter 16 and No-rae, in chapter 27, discover they have feelings for one another on separate occasions, but they are at a loss at what to do about them so keep quite.
  • Love Triangle: Type 4. Ji-hwan genuinely fell for No-rae, while No-rae and Seol-a have feelings for each other.
  • Malicious Slander: Seol-A is often the target of mean rumors, even when she is attacked by an ex boyfriend the rumor mill turns it into being all her fault.
    • Kim Gyeong-Woo was rumored to date rape girls by getting them pass out drunk, but it's just a rumor made by guys jealous that he got a date with Seol-A.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Both No-Rae and Seol-A's mothers are very young looking for people with fully adult children.
  • Only Six Faces: Characters tend to look very similar, even their hair, and it can be confusing at times to tell people apart, especially if they haven't appeared for a while. Luckily some fans put together a character chart for character that appear the most.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Seol-A chased after No-rae to her hometown, and No-rae's actions towards Seol-A when she noticed her feelings, can be considered as this.
  • Safety in Indifference: When No-Rae realizes her feelings for Seol-A she decides that maybe some distance will help and tries to ignore Seol-A but when that fails she runs away to home after telling Seol-A to leave her alone, but Seol-A follows. No-Rea's older brother reveals that running from her problems is something No-Rae does often.
  • Ship Tease: A lot between Seol-A and No-Rae.
  • Shout-Out: Chapter 28.5 has "50 Shades of Baek Seol-A" - rings any bell?
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Both Seol-A and No-Rae find the other attractive from the beginning, Seol-a though is the only one to seem weirded out by it, chaulking it up to being drunk when it hits her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: No-Rae and Seol-A respectively.
  • Troll: Ji-Hwan's favorite pass time is messing with Seol-A and he isn't the only one as No-Rae and her best friend once tried to convince Seol-A that No-rae's nephew is her son.
  • Twice Shy: Seol-A and No-Rae eventually both acknowledge their feelings for each other, but because they have no idea what to do with them, they're reluctant to make a move towards the other person.
  • Unkempt Beauty: No-Rae doesn't care much about her looks and describes herself as average at best, but several characters would vehemently argue that with her.
  • Unrequited Love: Played with, Ji-Hwan has feelings for No-Rae and No-Rae use to reciprocate but due to a pass relationship that ended badly No-Rae doesn't want to start another relationship she isn't 100% sure about.
    • Kim Gyeong-Woo has a huge crush on Seol-A but Seol-A only went out with him because she was mad at No-Rae and because Gyeong-Woo looks like No-Rae.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Seol-A and Nim Ji-Hwan act more like a vitriolic brother and sister pair than anything else, and despite how much they tell everyone they are Just Friends, everyone including their friends and family think they are a couple.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Neither Seol-A or No-Rae is fully aware of what they are feeling, only that they want to be with the other as long as possible.
  • Will They or Won't They?: As to be expected when the story is Seol-A and No-Rae and their growing feelings for one another.
  • Yuri Genre: Though the author dislikes the classification, they do admit that for the most part it is a story of two women falling in love.
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