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posted February 19th, 2013, 8:35 pm


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February 19th, 2013, 8:35 pm

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If I may be honest, I feel like I did something wrong with the last page. I was a little troubled by how many people cheered on Aiken’s getting hit and told off. It wasn’t really a “victory” as a lot of people seemed to see it. Don’t get me wrong, telling someone off because they don’t accept you IS wholly necessary sometimes (I can’t argue that), but I would never consider it a good thing. I’ve lost friends like this in the past, and as upset as I am that they wouldn’t just accept me for who I am, I still have rather fond memories of these people, and I miss them sometimes.

No, the good thing – the true victory – would be having people accept you for you. Fara didn’t slap Aiken and throw him out to “show him who’s boss”. She wanted to get his attention (and it did, based on the fact that he clearly didn’t fight back). She wanted him to see how serious this whole thing is. It’s a wakeup call. Sometimes we need to hear the last thing we want to hear. It can help put things into perspective. The fact is, Aiken’s probably not actually a bigot… he just doesn’t understand and he’s had a lot of bad experiences regarding the subject. It doesn’t excuse him, but it’s important that his distinction be recognized, I think. And while it’s hard to say if he ever will change his tune or not, Fara felt she had to try… in her own way. Maybe it wasn’t the BEST course of action, but I think it’s safe to say everyone’s a little emotional and perhaps even irrational.

Even on this page, we can plainly see that even with Aiken gone, there is no celebration for anyone here.

The chapter has technically concluded, but there will be one more page on Friday before we jump into the next chapter (right away on Monday; no hiatus). There’s a loose end that’s not been addressed yet…


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February 19th, 2013, 8:43 pm

BurningDesire (Guest)

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I'm not sure I understand part of the second page. Rain made her own avatar while Fara was confronting Aiken?

Also, great page. Really sad :(

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February 19th, 2013, 8:51 pm

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@BurningDesire:

Now that you mention it, I should have probably put some kind of time stamp in there to denote that it's been at least a little while since Aiken left. Presumably, long enough for Fara to make hot cocoa for Rain (as demonstrated by the first couple panels).

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February 19th, 2013, 10:12 pm

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On a cute note

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On a cute note: Do I see marshmallows in Rain's cocoa?! <3 such a cute touch X3

but overall;
I had a feeling that Aiken made the avatar. But now I can see how Rain made it seeing that time passed. Daw.

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February 19th, 2013, 11:26 pm

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Ah, the avatar made me pause for a moment, but then I realised that Rain made it, and it shows how much she wants and needs her brother to be able to accept her as 'baby sis'. That is so sad that it made me want to cry a little. :(

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February 19th, 2013, 11:32 pm

Ohka (Guest)

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I agree that "showing them who's boss" is not the best way to make someone come around on these types of issues. I have learned in my own transition that the people that I have had the chance to have rational discussions with are usually the people that come around, and it has taken time for it to sink in.

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February 20th, 2013, 12:26 am

Dark Komet (Guest)

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The Rain Avatar looks so cute unlike that ugly male avatar

Also would be interesting if The Avatar were to be called Lain instead of Rain like The L replacing The R or The R replacing The L even japanese media dose that sort of letter replacing

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February 20th, 2013, 6:17 am

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Yea i understand you ive been through the same having people leave because they dont accept you is very painful. But dont regret your paper or story so far because it has so much meaning behind it.

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February 20th, 2013, 12:38 pm

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I understand it's not really a victory. I was more happy that someone tried to make Aiken start to understand that he was hurting people, people who love him and are important to him. It hurts, but sometimes you NEED to make people see that there's more to the world around them than themselves.

Aiken's been shown that he wrong in a way that he has no way of ignoring. And now he's allowed time alone on his own to think about it. What happens now is up to him.

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February 20th, 2013, 4:10 pm

Glitch (Guest)

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This page made me tear up. ;_; Poor Rain.

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February 20th, 2013, 6:22 pm

Haldo (Guest)

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Rain's such a little sweetheart. Still wanting her brother to leave on better terms than that after all he put her through.

I do think Aiken's a bigot, but not an irredeemable bigot. Bigotry is often founded on ignorance, I think, and he seems to be waking up after being compared to his father. That really seemed to get through to him.

Also, I agree that tearing someone apart is a bad idea if it's not entirely necessary. I think in this case, it was necessary, but I hope Aiken and Fara can have a more toned-down conversation about it.

And that last panel? Absolutely heartbreaking.

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February 21st, 2013, 5:10 am

Claire (Guest)

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Aww, the feels. Also: That's four days before MY birthday! Though I'm a lot older than her haha

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February 21st, 2013, 3:41 pm

Allie (Guest)

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I agree it would be better if Aiken *wasn't* a complete arsehole, but I'd rather he get battered and thrown out than hurt Rain, emotionally, psychologically or physically. That said did Aiken make the mee on this page before he left!? :D Thought maybe Rain made it afterwards, but I wouldn't have thought she'd use the name "baby sis" after a massive bustup with the sibling it's presumably referring to - the possibility that seemed most likely was that it was Aiken's way of saying he accepts her after all and wants to make amends.

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August 7th, 2015, 10:16 am

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@Allie: I'm beginning to wonder if that is the case. Was it Rain that made it? Or Aiken?

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August 7th, 2015, 12:31 pm

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@TallMist:

Rain made it. The significance is that she referred to herself as "Baby Sis" with it. Since her siblings always refer to her as "Baby Bro", it's supposed to represent how important her sibling's opinion is to Rain. In other words, it's just another layer to depict how crushed she is about this whole thing.

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August 7th, 2015, 12:37 pm

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@LittleLynn84: Poor Rain! T_T

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February 21st, 2013, 3:53 pm

Samwise (Guest)

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It's a victory for Rain in that Rain stood up for herself in light of how hard it was to do.
And, it was a victory in that Fara stood up for Rain because parents should always do that for their kids.
It was painful of course, but pain is a part of growing up, and sometimes people have to face pain whether they like it or not.

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February 21st, 2013, 4:27 pm

Allie (Guest)

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@Meh.Aloe: Ah, that makes sense

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February 21st, 2013, 4:29 pm

Allie (Guest)

What Sam said

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@Samwise Galenorn: This.

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December 30th, 2013, 11:13 pm

ADH (Guest)

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wait holy shit Rain and I have the same birthday wow

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August 26th, 2014, 2:56 pm

Jaebird (Guest)

This is like my fifth or so archive trawl?..

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...And I only just noticed something subtle but brilliant which really shows the depths of Rain's despair: she forgets to modify her voice.

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August 1st, 2015, 11:46 pm

TallMist

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Wow... Now I'm actually starting to tear up...

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February 12th, 2016, 1:35 pm

Charlotte057

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WHY ;-;
Poor Rain.... It's okay... Don't cry. :C <3

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April 24th, 2017, 8:02 am

AbMo

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There is a black line in between this page of the panels and does that mean a part of the comic has not loaded yet or ?

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