Rain's past mirrors my own a lot here. I always liked being in the water, but the dysphoria that always came with it just wasn't worth it. I still can't really swim either. I can struggle from one side of the pool to the other, but I'd probably be doomed if I ever fell off a boat.
I do own a proper swimsuit now, but god knows when or if I'll ever get the chance to use it (obviously not any time soon right now, what with the whole Winter thing going on).
Also, because of discussions on the last page: To any of my trans sisters out there, I strongly recommend a swimdress (essentially, a one-piece with a skirt). Aside from being adorable, the skirt is long enough to offer a nice extra bit of coverage hiding what you might not want seen, but short enough to not impair water mobility too much. I swear by it, myself. ^_^
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I think the fourth panel is meant to read "Why don't you take that off"; am I right?
That sounds somewhat similar to how swimming's been for me over the years, except I've always been a really strong swimmer. I haven't gone swimming in a few years, (Came out last year, body stuff before that, etc, you know the deal) but I do have a cute 2-piece I got this last summer that I really love~ Sadly I haven't really gotten to try it out yet though. T_T
Ah yes, very smooth, Kellen. Why don't you ask about dating next?
Huh... boys are more covered up than girls over here in Australia. Or northern Australia. You were swim-shirts and things to stop the sun from burning you.
...A lot of women don't pay attention to that (skin cancer is a real worry ladies!)
And I am generalising a bit here. There are women who wear swim-shirts and shorts (I went through a phase where I wore swim-shorts) and men who go around with just a speedo on.
Hey I realy love your work, please keep on going! :)
I use a Bikini and hotpanti from the same manufacturer, works quite well.
But it took me twelfe month of homones till I build up enugh self-confidence to do so.
But now my wonderfull water is back :)
Gues I'm part mermaid ^^
Best wishes from Germany.
That picture of Rain covering her chest makes me so sad. Too close to home. Well done.
Kind of reminds me of this one time when I was 8, and was getting some new school uniform shirts. They didn't have a changing room open at the time, so I was told to just "change outside", and I made that exact same pose while I waited for the uniform shirts to try on. The lady getting them looked over, and asked me why I was doing that. I couldn't really come up with an answer for her, and my grandparents just chimed in with "he's just cold" (even though I wasn't). I never had this problem while swimming, though. I mostly just wore white T shirts (still do), and say it helps prevent sunburns and won't wash away like sunscreen (which is true).
@Grenartia: I had to go on a boating trip with my family over the summer. It sucked. I pretty much stayed inside my cabin and listened to music 12 hours a day. This is one of the few pages of Rain that can actually literally bring me to tears.
I can't really relate to that. I grew up in Louisiana, and my family had a fishing camp on a bayou. I always loved going on trips down there, and I learned to drive a boat before I learned to drive a car. I'm not saying your feelings aren't real, just that I don't understand them. Fishing trips never really aggravated my dysphoria.
@Dragon: Yep. I know that feeling all too well. To this day, it still hurts.
I always hated gym and swimming (at the school I went to swimming lessons were mandatory, as I think they're at most schools here). Didn't learn that that was dysphoria until much much later, but it definitely didn't do my natural unsportiness (is that a word?) any favors to have to change in front of other kids.
I like that smirk on Aiken's face at the end. He may turn out alright after all. I wonder if Jessica and him would get back together if he gets his act together, or if that ship's been sunk permanently.