Creative solutions, Danial, and I like you examining the nature of your solutions to your assignments.
Here's the ONE thing to remember: the assignment is so clear that you and others must always ask one question, "Have I stayed EXACTLY where I was in both panels, and can the reader tell EXACTLY how much time has passed between them?"
I don't care how creative the assignment is if the answer to both these questions isn't "yes."
There isn't any gray area or over-thinking to do here. Ask the questions, and if the answers are "yes," then it's going to be a PASS.
Now, here's another tip about what we're doing: this is what any creator should do about ANY assignment from ANY editor, and if the job doesn't do EXACTLY what the assignment requires, and if the creator didn't get PERMISSION TO GO OUTSIDE THE BOUNDS OF THE ASSIGNMENT, then that creator has screwed up.
Again, this is the "Pro" part of Comics Pro Prep, and this is the saddle that professional creators have got to learn to deal with.
Keep it up, folks.