Let's derail the serious stuff again. Can't have a friend crying in your house, right? Kylie jumps in and offers a playful tease, and bam, Emily's laughing and we're in the clear. And don't worry about Rain's feelings either. I'm of the belief that if you're close enough friends, there's nothing wrong with a little teasing (that's clearly the case as she gets over it two panels later).
Somewhat pertinent: Prom would be a ways away in the story, but it's definitely something I want to include. So I would love to ask some of my teenage Rain Beaus if you know anything about prom policies in your school today. My prom was 12 years ago and I feel like a lot has changed between the time I was in high school and now. Not to mention, I don't remember any of the protocol (but at the time, I was also presenting as a guy with a female date at a public school for my prom, so my personal experience kinda fails me here). I realize it's probably different for every school, but the more I know, the more I have to work with. Even if your prom was a year or two ago (or coming up in a few years), it's more current than my experience. So any input would be most welcome. ^_^
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Well, I don't think prom has changed that much really, but I'm sure it's pretty different as well. Basically, you pay absurd amount of money (like, 20-30$ for upperclassmen, and like 50 or more for underclassmen) to go to a place outside of the school, like a beach club or a nice restaurant with a ball room, or wherever. Usually, it's outside of school. Since the school in the story is a private christian academy I doubt they'll have any.. y'know, horrible grinding music, but there's a lot of contemporary christian bands, so they would probably play some rock music.. unless they're REEEALLY fuddy-duddy o-o they'res also usually a DJ and there's always a "theme" but no one ever actually dresses to the theme unless you really want to. Mostly, the theme is for decorating the dance floor.
I hope I could help! and good luck! :)
First off, the prom at my school is outrageously expensive, and you have to pay for prom and after prom separately. Also, only juniors and seniors are aloud to attend. This, however, can be changed if an upperclassmen wishes to bring an underclassmen to prom as a date. But, living in Ohio, you can't bring and underclassman of the same gender, even if you're just friends. So, yeah. Prom has its flaws.
@Jessica: And suddenly I feel happy to live in Canada. That said I never went to prom because I don't like to deal with crowds... too many emotions to feel (( yes I am highly Empathic ))But I do know that there were a few same sex couples there and if I remember what I heard right there was also a Poly group as well.
@Mel: I've never heard of prom being outside the school. I'm the same age as Jocelyn and mine was in the school commons. I believe that's still where it's held.
I live in Alabama and have no interest in prom -- too expensive. And as someone else said it's a junior/senior thing. I didn't go to my junior prom, but this year was the first I went to homecoming -- big deal in the south. :p i went in a suit. of course i'm dfab trans so there's a major difference. i think really the most noteworthy thing abt my homecoming was that almost everyone took their shoes off right after having pictures taken. tossed them to the side and had fun. :p
For my school's prom, it's ridiculously expensive. There's always a huge line at the school store for buying tickets. Only the seniors are allowed to go (unless an underclassman is being brought as a date). If someone from outside the school is brought as a date, you need to get a special form from the office for them to fill out(Idk whats on it) and they need to bring a school ID. The theme is always cheesy and it's held at some ritzy location in the middle of the city. Also long dresses is a requirement.
@LilyFlareVII: I think it all depends on the school. I would bet your school had a large enough gym or large room to hold a Prom, well a school that doesn't have a big enough gym or other room to hold a Prom, they'd hold it in a local place that is better equipped to hold it.
Prom tickets are around 70-80 dollars where I live (southeastern NY). People dress up super fancy- tuxedos, long dresses, the works. It's held somewhere similarly fancy, though the music is often mainstream pop trash and not at all suited to the surroundings.
I'm sure Rain will have a lovely dress ^_^ My prom allowed transgender/same sex couples, and we had one transgender student.
Southeastern NY? If you don't mind me prying a little, would it happen to be anywhere on Long Island? (That's where I grew up and went to high school.) It would make me feel really proud if my old school ended up being super open to trans and gay students like that. ^_^
Of course, I would totally understand if you don't want to share where you're from to a stranger over the internet. I'm just curious.
I don't think I had a prom yet.. when I finished middle school (not highschool) we did go some where... (I didn't go, not much of a crowd person)
....Even if we did have another one in high school I wouldn't go ^^;
I'm sort of not in school at the moment (sort of home schooled) because of stress and depression .w.
Well my prom was held at the school, everyone had to dress up, and we had a a few bands in my year, so we got a few renditions of rock songs and stuff. You could bring a date, or just hang out with friends. Only one dance was obligatory where regardless of who it was, you'd dance in a couple (M + F, even if just friends) because the school attempted to teach us how to do a slow dance.
Other grads and stuff, never had to pay to go to either (but I'm a brit...so might be why it's different? We certainly don't make such a big deal out of proms like America seems to, though it might have changed in the last six years...). They were slightly classier and alcohol was allowed (but you had to buy it.)
Yeah! Long Island, Suffolk county. I feel like high schools here generally allow it. I have never heard of any incidents regarding an LI school not allowing a gay/transgender student to attend (though things might have been different in your day).
In New Hampshire, you could buy up to two tickets per school I.D. provided you were a junior or senior. Non-students of the school had to be pre-approved (to prevent creepers). I bought just my own ticket. They weren't any cheaper if you bought two, and they were just two ordinary tickets. I went with a group of friends, no problem. Danced as a group too. There was a rock room and a jazz room as it was 1920s themed. The jazz room had a live band on the balcony, only half a deck of cards spread on tables to the side (so people couldn't gamble) with a chocolate fondue fountain, and a photo centre beside the dance floor. People would dance in couples sometimes, any sort of couples, or alone, or in groups. No cares were given. The fondue was really yummy. It went from 9pm to 2am. I left at 1am with my ride to avoid the traffic getting back. Tickets were around $40, because we rented out this really nice college building and a band and a DJ. This was 2009.
Edit: Pardon my 2am English.
*Lol* at Ky being Ky there.
@Kimiko: *points* THIS!
I've learned from TV that there always is someone - usually a girl - that ends up dead during prom.
I have watched way too much CSI, though, so I may be biased.