So... yeah... sorry. Trigger warning?
This is incidentally the first (and hopefully last) three-pager. Originally, I just wanted to have the nightmare in a two-pager and save the last part with Emily for the following update. It flowed weird though, and it felt a little too cruel to leave people hanging on that note. I feel like no one would argue that this is probably one of the heavier scenes in the story to date. Mr. Flaherty is terrifying, and Rain's fear is outright tangible (at least to me). That said, I actually think it's one of my favorites in terms or art and writing. I'm just proud of how it all came out, even if it is hard to look at (which admittedly, is kind of the point).
Something a bit lighter next time. I promise.
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poor rain woke up terrified D: good thing em's there :D
@zinnzinnluv: Oh, and I fully agree. Emily is being such a good friend to Rain. Now if it weren't for all this implied shipping...
I feel like this is foreshadowing something bad happening to Rain. Kellen or Marcus can easily stir some trouble up for Rain. o:
This is a nice chapter! You did a wonderful job with it! :)
thats so sweet!! Em is so nice...
I should stop reading this till I've had my baby. I'm crying so bad my partner thinks someone died.
And thats why I dont spend nights at friend's house anymore...
The last time they told me I cried in my sleep >_<
My goodness. Her dad must have been such a traumatic memory for her that she blocks him out entirely - his whole image is a menacing black silhouette with glasses - and he only returns in her worst nightmare. I wonder if returning to home triggers these memories.
I know that whenever I stay at my birthplace, my old home, I am always reminded of my past and old memories of...before. It is why I prefer to get out of the country as fast as possible. Cutting all ties to the past. Living a new life as who I truly am. Hopefully, one day things will just disappear to the back of my mind.
I was right! He's Fire Lord Ozai and he's leaning in to burn her face before banishing her to regain her honour!
Now that I think about it, what would Avatar be in the Rainaverse?
@RFZ: It would probably be like a modern-verse avatar fanfic. I don't see why it would be different.
@Guest Guy: I think what RFZ meant is what Avatar would be called in the Rain comic.
I don't know, the only thing I can think of is something like Icon The First Earth Breaker. I'm not very good at this :/
Started reading earlier this week, and oh my gosh I'm in love with this webcomic <3
I realize the focus is mainly on the hellish nature of the nightmare (and, yes, it is truly a nightmare), but I prefer to see the positive in here, and am seeing the heartwarming support of Emily and the immense cuteness of the two, but particularly the vulnerable Rain. I identify SO much with her.
This is how I feel about my mom... I'm not really sure what my Dad thinks about me being transsexual... He has regularly joined my Mom in the argument against me, but usually only when my Mom basically forces him to. It's always my Mom who starts the argument, and she is always very strongly yelling at me over it. Knowing my Mom, she wouldn't hurt me, but she'd probably end up making my Dad do it...
I want to hug her so much.
Emily is awesome.
He's genuinely sickening. There were already so many implications that Marcus Flaherty was a foul person that it's unsurprising, but this is straight out confirmation. We don't know exactly what happened then. We don't need to. It was so traumatic that ten years on his own child is remembering it as an anxiety dream. He's foul.
I would like to rescind my snuggle comments from earlier comics and apply them here. The best snuggles are trigger reducing snuggles, life saving snuggles. We all needed that third page to make this right.
Only started reading this webcomic a few weeks ago (I'm thinking I stumbled on it through Venus Envy, but don't quote me on that), and I'm already completely in love with it. ^_^ So glad you're feeling better, and things are (hopefully) going better, as well. Glad that things are going pretty well for Rain as well, traumatic-memories-used-as-nightmare-plots notwithstanding. Kinda wish I'd had friends like that back when I was in high school. Keep up the amazing work, but only if you're up to it. Which is basically saying "do what you were going to do anyway", but I just marathoned a messload of chapters and it's 8am because of that, so I'm allowed to sound loopy (especially since I sound like this 24/7 already). So, yeah, you've made a fangirl. With a comic like this, I'm sure you have loads (of all types of fan-fillintheblank), but there's always room for one more among the cheering masses. *finds a seat and starts a-cheerin'*
Poor Rain. :( I can only imagine how horrifying the rest of that memory must be.
I'm going to focus on the positive here, for my sanity: panel 4 of the first page, and the entire third page. Lil' Rain is adorable and Emily is yay.
So, Leelah Alcorn's birth middle name was "Ryan" and that's kinda... extra-hard-hitting, being a follower of this comic. I was already sad hearing about that tragedy, but finding out that little tidbit made it hit me a little bit harder. Virtual-hugs to anyone who's suffering as Leelah was! Please hang in, there! Don't give up!
I stumbled on this webcomic a month or two back and it has quickly become one of my favorites. Your ability to portray such strong, complex emotions with such simple art is astounding.
This one really resonated with me even though I'm not transgender (agender, but my dad doesn't know nor needs to)--just had a straight-up chauvinistic emotionally abusive dad. I'm so glad Rain was able to get away from her's so soon.
I find it amazing just how this webcomic hits so close to home. I am still tormented by my past. When I was 12, I stole my aunt's dress. I would wear it in my room and just felt so comfortable. My parents found it and asked me "do you want to be a girl?" I told them no out of fear. This page reminds me that I used to feel bad and ashamed for wanting to wear girl's clothes. Now I enjoy being myself. I am a girl after all, why should I be ashamed for wearing MY Clothes?
Am I the only one who wants an Anime like adaptation of this series? It should be accepted as a standard read for all.
If that dream ever happened to me i would wake up, and probably break my hand, hitting things around me.... I would be so extremely angry. That somebody would be such a monster and do what Rain's father did to her, to me.
No matter how many times I read this page, it still cry both happily and sadly. I love it.
Well, this kinda turned my stomach around.
Rain's father reminds me a bit of Gendo Ikari, which is a very fitting connection.