Just because I've had school experiences that vary wildly from other people's, I'm going focus on Winter Break here for a moment. I mean, I don't know if it's something every student has, or if it was just something I had. For me, in both my private and public school experience, there is a week long vacation that occurs sometime in the middle of February. Something, I guess, to break up the school year between Christmas vacation and Spring Break. Being February in canon right now, I felt it was something that should really be brought up. If I'm just stating the obvious here, please ignore this part of the blurb. But I just wanted to make sure we're on the same page.
As for the actual content of the page, I don't think I blame Rain for feeling the way she does either way. How about you? In her position, would you want to attempt to clear things up with them in the hopes that they can understand someday, or would you sever ties to avoid being hurt again... and potentially again?
Also, next update is the last of this chapter. And then I'm just going to take a short one week hiatus and jump right back in on Friday, April 4th. This wasn't originally something I wanted to do, but I just need a little break after all the crazy hard work I've been doing with Volume 2.
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Also also, with Winter [finally] coming to a close, the RainComicStore on Etsy is taking a hiatus from selling scarves. However, my wife has taken up a new craft: beading. And she's using that talent to make magnets and pins in a variety of forms. Do check it out. ^_^
Yup, Feb. break is a widespread thing, though there are a lot of schools that are basically trying to get rid of it now. A dumb move, in my opinion; it was originally put in to combat measles and other contagious diseases that took advantage of populated areas like schools during the winter months. Now, it's mostly used to combat the flu and bronchitis (and, by extension, pneumonia.) Sadly, schools use February break as snow day fodder nowadays and then have the nerve to wonder why so many kids are out sick in March!
I only had winter break in college actually xD Anyways in Rains position I don't know she has a supportive aunt and a network of supportive friends. She has a financial base and shelter away from them, her siblings. I had neither of those things and I "come out" right around her age so I put up with the abuse and such. For my sibling I guess it did get better but not without a lot of pain and mistakes (even now) and they still hide me (my identity) whether from shame or fear, as it is still dangerous for me to be trans in my culture, I don't know maybe both. But for me I guess I'd did it because I was numb it couldn't get any worse. Like I said Rain you have a network of support if your not ready then don't no one will judge you :)
Hehe, I came out over winter break. Such awkward.
Also, I was looking through your character bio page, and it looks like it could use some updating, just FYI.
Here in the UK, we also have a week break in the middle of each school term, but we call them 'Half Term'. Interesting info from Lenn above, though we have them during the Autumn and Summer terms as well as the Spring term so I think here they're just to break up the terms rather than for preventing disease!
You had an additional winter break after Christmas break? At my school, our Christmas break is our winter break!
And I think it makes sense for Rain to be scared to meet up with Aiken and Kellen. I would be, too. But I would also like to resolve everything and heal the broken bond.
Our school tended to lump its winter break in with Easter break, giving us two weeks off in April or so. Naturally, they changed it after I graduated to a week in February and a week for Easter, which honestly I would greatly have preferred...
Does noone notice Emily and Ky listening? If they are the slightest bit curious, they will ask questions...many uncomfortable questions.
Either Rain has to come clear with them or they will hear some very interesting story. I doubt they will both settle with some lame excuse. This could get reaaaally interesting :)
Actually, both Kylie and Emily are aware that there's stuff going between Rain and her siblings. Ky is aware of the tension with Rain her brother because she was there when Aiken was over and everything went down.
And moreover, she heard them fighting later.
Emily meanwhile, knows about there being some kind of turmoil in Rain's family. Rain told her that much herself.
Emily just doesn't specifically know what's happened.
Coming back to the original point, Emily and Ky both know enough about there being family troubles... but it really doesn't concern them. They could ask for further details, but in this case, it's not their business and Rain is well within her right to not say a thing if she should choose not to.
It should be (Rain, at least 1 ally and Aiken) and (Rain, at least 1 ally and Kellen) separately. Safety in numbers, and that goes as much for emotional safety as physical safety. If she meets the 2 of them alone and they're not both supportive and clued up it will be a nightmare for her
Almost posted this last night but was overcome by a really strong sense of déjà vu.
If it were me, I'd need a fairly specific, unprompted, apology from Aiken before I was willing to have anything to do with him.
It's okay, to me, if people don't understand, it's a complicated issue; it's okay if they don't like it, you can't always control how you feel. It's massively not okay to take someone who's made themselves that vulnerable to you and rip their guts out.
It comes down to having respect for others, who and what they are. If someone doesn't have that respect, a lot of the trust goes away. Without that trust it's painful just being around them, like everything's a lie and I'm waiting for them to do it again.
What Kellen did wasn't as bad in my book. It'd still hurt not to have instant acceptance and reassurance, but I'd understand needing time to sort out her feelings. It'd be uncomfortable meeting her, but she'd get the benefit of the doubt.
Because I don't think Aiken's likely to change enough to be the sort of person who could honestly make the sort of apology I'd be looking for, the above probably would manifest in cutting him out of my life.
Okay, Emily is probably really eager to hear what Rain's not telling her now. So many hints that there's more going on, but so little explanation.
Or maybe she's already figured it out? I wouldn't put it past her.
I would assume "Winter break" was a synonym of "Christmas vacation", so thanks for clearing that up. I was wondering why they wanted to wait 10 months before getting together again :p