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posted January 5th, 2014, 5:05 pm


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January 5th, 2014, 5:13 pm

LittleLynn84

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I have to admit I'm still disoriented by all the theories of Kellen and Vincent being one in the same. I... really didn't expect that. In fact, it took me the better part of a day trying to figure out how Kellen even factored into the equation. Apparently, having Vincent name her specifically came off as an unintended hint in that direction? Or... something? It was really just supposed to establish that he knew other members of the Flaherty family. It wasn't really supposed to imply he had any deep connection with her specifically. I probably should've anticipated that. ^^;

I dunno. I find myself trying to misdirect my readers sometimes. And when it works, I feel great. But when I'm actually NOT trying to misdirect people (and achieve misdirection anyway), it feels more like failure on my part. Like, people are only coming to this theory because I didn't adequately perform my job as an author. So, I want to apologize to you all for my shortcomings with this development. I'll work on that.

Okay. Anyway...

The actual twist here was pretty largely predicted prior to the last update. It was intended to be (hints are everywhere, from even very early on in the story, to a chapter page's layout, to my personal experience of having an FtM therapist). People have been clamoring for an FtM character for a while, so I'm thrilled to finally reveal the truth about him (not to mention, I like Vincent a lot).

More on that next time. ^_^


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January 5th, 2014, 5:22 pm

lauren (Guest)

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I think vincent is the reason or atleast part of the reason fara knows allot about trans people and is very accepting

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January 5th, 2014, 5:27 pm

Hannah (Guest)

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WELL THEN! I kind of imagined he was going to turn out to be FTM, but I like the idea that Fara's experience with trans* people came from having dated someone who would turn out to be none other than -bum bum bum- Rain's therapist.

I like when back stories start to criss cross like that. :P

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January 5th, 2014, 6:06 pm

Kyle Lencucha (Guest)

I KNEW IT!!!

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I KNEW IT!!! I KNEW IT!!! I KNEW IT!!! I freaking knew it then again we probably all knew it would take this turn

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August 9th, 2015, 2:51 pm

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@Kyle Lencucha: Lol, I read your comment in the voice of Kira in the dubbed version of Death Note when he goes "I KNEW IT, I KNEW IT, I KNEW IT!!!!" in the last or second to last episode.

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January 5th, 2014, 6:16 pm

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haha somehow I already knew xD Im glad Rain has a transgender therapist it's really helpful when someone knows what your going through.

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January 6th, 2014, 12:12 am

RFZ

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HOORAY! Finally an F2M! Awesome! :D

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January 6th, 2014, 1:06 am

Guest

OH NO!

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I thought it meant that Rain's sister had scheduled an appointment to be less of a jerk to Rain when they next spoke. :(

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January 6th, 2014, 1:24 am

Guest

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Y'know, I had just been kinda blithely assuming Vincent was trans this whole time. I didn't realize it hadn't been confirmed before until it got confirmed just now.

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January 6th, 2014, 2:54 am

Jaebird (Guest)

Theory

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So was Vivian the friend for whom Fara played Maria to Vincent's Rain?
(To anyone whose forgotten this it's in the first or second chapter, way back before Rain tells Gavin, Maria and Rudy aout her condition.)

That seems to me that it'd be Fara's "first contact" with Trans people, because the conversation implied that she was helping them hide it through some kind of educational facility. (Most likely college, but could have been high school.)

This is an unrelated question but does referring as someone whose trans admitting that they're trans as "revealing their true self" count as offensive? I originally meant it in a sense of "Rain told them the truth about her condition" but when I read it over it occurred to me it could be read as "Ryan is Rain's true self."

Although, if someone really believed that I doubt they'd be reading this far, so the point may be moot in context.

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January 6th, 2014, 6:17 am

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@Jaebird:

Yes. Vincent/"Vivian" was that old trans friend that Fara used to have. For anyone who doesn't remember this, I'm referring to this:
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1068783/risky-business/

As for the "true self" thing, I think a better way to word it would be "they revealed their past identity" or "they revealed that they are transgender" or something along those lines. I mean, technically speaking, the "true self" for a trans person would be who they identify as now, not who they used to be. Rain and Vincent are the true selves, not Ryan and Vivian.

And don't worry that you didn't know. We all have to learn these things somewhere, so asking questions is allowed. It's better to ask than assume, after all. ^_^

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January 6th, 2014, 8:01 am

Atomic dragon

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Was not expecting that.

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January 6th, 2014, 10:18 am

Valley

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we need a relationship map now.

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January 6th, 2014, 11:08 am

Jaebird (Guest)

@Littlelynn84

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Thanks. This is a good place to ASK those sorts of questions, simply because I know they'll be answered straightforwardly.

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January 7th, 2014, 1:55 am

fairfax (Guest)

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I WAS CLOSE GUYS

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January 7th, 2014, 3:17 am

Darkness Komet

Unexpected

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Well that is unexpected.

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January 7th, 2014, 7:48 am

WingedReaper777

O_o ???

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No...Just, no...This is just gettin' God damn gratuitous.

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January 7th, 2014, 9:58 am

LittleLynn84

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@WingedReaper777:

I'm sorry you feel that way, but I'm not really sure what you mean. Care to elaborate?

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January 7th, 2014, 10:44 am

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I like Vincent. A lot.

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January 7th, 2014, 6:23 pm

Sheep (Guest)

#eggonmyface

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I believe that I should apologize to all the "Vincent is Kellen" theorists who I attacked in the previous comment section. You where obviously more right then I.

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January 8th, 2014, 7:43 am

WingedReaper777 (Guest)

Too many trannies!

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@LittleLynn84: Three trannies, one after another. That just kinda caught me off guard is all. I guess it just reminds me of how in real life, I know like 1000 bisexual people. Everywhere I turn, I'm like "NOOOO!There are too many of you!" LOL

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January 8th, 2014, 10:55 am

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@WingedReaper777:

Well, if I'm being honest, I have plans for at least one more in the future, so I guess be ready for that. XD

I've gotten comments in the past about there being "too many LGBT people in general" in the story, and how "completely unrealistic" it is that they all know each other. But that's weird for me to hear, partly because the gay or trans or bi or whatnot characters only make up a little over a third of the complete cast (making them still the minority). And it's also my life. 95% of the people I know are trans or genderqueer or gay or lesbian or bi or pan or ace or poly or whatever (or straight allies). So the concept of "too many" just doesn't exist in my world. I guess I'm blind to it. I am sorry if that's a bother. ^^;

Unrelated but humble request: Many trans folk view "trannies" (or tranny) to be an offensive term. I recommend "trans people", "trans folk", "trans boy", trans girl" or something like that instead.

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January 8th, 2014, 12:05 pm

allie (Guest)

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@LittleLynn84: Sorry :P Yeah, I think in my case it was the mention of Kellen specifically. And also it seemed like you were hinting that whoever he was, he's appeared or at least been mentioned in the comic other than in the context of being Jessica and now Rain's therapist - I don't think a Vivian's been mentioned before, or am I just not remembering?

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January 8th, 2014, 2:36 pm

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@allie:

You're right. This is the first time you're hearing the name Vivian. The significance isn't the name itself, but what it represents (ie, it's a distinctly female name).

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