The bit with the waiter at the end was tacked on kinda last minute. I really didn't want the story to get too heavy this early in the chapter, so I just needed something to lighten the mood a little after Maria's mini speech on the second page. Stays relevant too. XD
Still, the serious stuff on the second page just begs reader input. So I'd love to hear your thoughts on either or both girls' opinions. To any readers who may be or have been (or would like to be) in same-sex relationships, are you very open about it when in public, or do you prefer to keep things quiet?
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I was really looking forward to this page, cause same-sex dating in public was definitely a big concern for me a while back, and i must say i'm really pleased with how you handled it. Not just covering multiple sides and perspectives without making any of them less valid or wrong, with a delicate balance of humor to keep the tone light ^_^
as for your question...hmm, when i first dated i was extremely (practically paranoid) about not getting caught or noticed, and while it added a modicrum of thrill, it really detracted from the relationship, that being said I was in a much more open and accepting setting, and would have been fine, its clear from the school and many characters reactions that these two don't have that luck, so staying hidden makes a little more sense. At any rate they seem okay with each others perspectives so i don't think it will drive a wedge between them = D
Aawww thoses two I swear... I do agree with Maria tough, we live in a hard world, bur sometime it just is easier to blend in... But is it better? I don't know myself.
And to answer your question, I've only been on one sort of date in my life with an other person but we both we're too embarrassed to call it a date so I don't think it work for your question... We both we're so awkward! But we hold hand in public and... That's as far as we got. (That sums up my love life sadly...)But I don't think I would be embarrass if I do find the right person.
To be honest, the bit that hits at me most is the having to hide who you are in public, pretend to be someone you're not. As someone who is starting transition but still looks very very guy, its the bit thats leaves me a crying mess.
Thank you so much for these stories, its a little bit of bright thrice a week :)
For me, I was really out in public with my last girlfriend. We were both out to all our friends and I was out to my parents (she wasn't but we made do). We'd go around, holding hands, going on dates, kissing, all that fun stuff. Because why should I care what anyone else thinks? We looked damn cute together and if people wanted to stare, they could go ahead and stare all they want, but it wouldn't change the way I felt about her.
I tried a bit of out in public with my last siggy (significant other), but since we're both trans in opposite directions, and she doesn't pass at all (and is currently not too bothered by it), people were more likely to misgender both of us when we were together, so I decided no, better to not and only around friends who understand. That said, I'm one of those people who literally did not date anyone until college, so never had to deal with the parents having legal rights to do anything about it. My parents still tell me all sorts of misgendered things so I don't plan to tell them about any subsequent relationship(s) until they understand my gender. Homophobia is, surprisingly, not a reaction I have to worry about much. I apparently live in a friendly city, other than the misgendering problem. I would worry about personal safety in some other places, though. Other people are pretty d**n frightening some times, and depending on the place, violent. I don't ever intend to live in any of such places, because living where my safety is constantly at risk is just not sane, but I may pass through at some point and I'd take care to go incognito for a while.
Aw, sucks to live in an environment like that. There are places where they'd be just another cute couple going out for V-day.
And what's up with that waiter? No tip for you at all, dude (I've heard that's a big deal in USAland). Really, that's just stupid.