All that karma might be catching up to Chase. And what a coincidence that the conversation should segue into a little bit of talk about the baby. And then Kellen snarks. Dinner with the folks is always fun, huh?
And then... uh, swim?
Sorry for the awkward cut-off. I did consider having this be a two-pager with the next one. There are actually kind of a lot of two-pagers (and a three-pager) coming up soonish though, so in favor of not burning myself out anything that didn't need two pages just didn't get it.
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
Emily is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters.
Bad subject choice, Kellen. Swimming is probably one of the activities she would struggle to pass in.
@The Aussie Bloke:
Don't they have swim trunks for girls?
@The Aussie Bloke: When I go swimming I just use a one piece suit with a swimming skirt over it. The skirt hides any *ahem* irregularities that may crop up during physical activity.
Actually, I'm kind of wondering how the skirt impacts your ability to swim.
@Grenartia: It's a swimming skirt, so it's basically, like, a bikini bottom with a miniskirt attached. It's usually sold as part of a two-piece bikini, but instead I wear a one-piece and then the skirt over it, plus it doubles up on my tuck. Win-win!
*crosses fingers and hopes this doesn't become a train wreck* *knows it's useless to have any hope*
Hah, swimming. I used to love that as a kid. But now it just makes me jealous of others women's bodies and disgust my own. Emily has been such a great ally so far, but I afraid she will soon have her own problem with Chase, and Rain will have to deal with her sister by her self...
Maybe that would be the saving moment for her brother as he defends Rain?
@Zhe the Zebra:
On Emily's phone is a carrot. It's supposed to be like a parody of Apple (she has a Carrot aPhone). ;P
You can see it a little clearer on this earlier page:
@LittleLynn84: Cute detail I missed ^_^
@Zhe the Zebra:
I haven't looked for any specifically (don't have a need to, for various reasons), but I did suggest some to one of my former girlfriends (who's trans), but she shot the idea down because she didn't want to be "mistaken for a lesbian" (fair enough, since she lives near a pretty backwards area, off-campus). Not really solid proof it exists, but still.
@Grenartia: Hmm, I suppose I could try wearing "girl trunks" with bikini bottoms underneath for tucking...
I love the irony in those last two panels.
Swimming is indeed a bit of a sore subject. I'm in the closet, but I work as a lifeguard. If I ever come out, then that's going to be a little bit awkward. The best idea I've come up with on my own is to wear the swimwear for both genders at the same time so that nothing shows.
I don't think it's an awkward cutoff, because I know that if I was Rain my reaction would be to try to crawl back into my turtle shell. Which is mostly a problem because I don't have a turtle shell.
On the other hand, I have had clueless, but defintitely not Kellen level, cis friends beg me to go swimming with them. They don't really seem to get why I really, really don't want to. and they know I'm trans :l
Also, humans weren't meant to swim. It's unnatural.
@Zhe the Zebra:
I own a two-piece, where the top half is like a camisole, and the cups are padded a bit, and the lower half has a skirt attached, which keeps things hidden. It's not specialty trans stuff either, just from Target.
I've yet to actually wear it anywhere, but with summer just starting here I may get my chance soon!
Two things just occurred to me wrt Chase:
1) His name is quite appropriate (chasing girls but not willing to commit, it seems to me). I assume that was deliberate?
2) I'm now wondering if there's a storyline about to come up about him either pushing Emily to have an abortion or else deciding he wants to be part of the child's life. IMO, he gets no say on either one of those points.
I'm really glad to see Rain back in action! The hiatus was kinda terrible.
Everything has to revolve around gender because you force everything to revolve around gender, Kellen.
Yeah, swimming is a massive sore spot for me. I love swimming, I really love it. But even when I was a teenager, when I went swimming almost every day with my dad after school, I HATED climbing out of the pool afterwards because the wet matted shorts left so little to the imagination. It's one of the few things from any significant time before I understood what dysphoria was that I can point to and say with certainty "that was dysphoria". And I hated the changing rooms, which were communal & gendered at our pool. I hated being around dozens of strange naked men as if I belonged there, and I really hated the thought of them seeing my body. Most of the time I pretty much just sat with the towel wrapped around me till I dried naturally and then got dressed under/over it, so I wouldn't have to be naked. Now, I just don't go swimming, even though I really, really miss it. And I'm starting to cry a little so I'll leave it there
@Allie: You are not alone. I have to do that for my job. (As a lifeguard, I do have to swim, and I do have to go into the locker room...and it's the wrong one as far as I'm concerned.)
I used to swim all the time because I love it...but I hate everything associated with it, ESPECIALLY the gendered nature of it. I'm fortunate enough to have family (read: gender-neutral) locker rooms available, but that only mitigates the problem.
Oh how I would love to go swimming again. If not for the water than at least to wear a two piece swimsuit! Someday... someday.
Also, were I Rain, by this point, I'd start refusing to answer to "Ryan" (and I'd definitely refuse to do so by the time they get to the con). At the very least, it would make Kellen have to use the right name.
Swimming. Always a scary thing with trans folk, even if you like, like water. Can't hide anything in swimwear that needs hidden, plus likely bad memories of having to change in front of others back in school.
Kellen continues to find all the bad subjects, doesn't she?