So, while Kellen and Emily carry on, let's check up on Aiken and Rain. The page itself, I think, is pretty straight-forward. However, the dichotomy between how Aiken acts and how Kellen acts is pretty interesting. This is all no doubt still an adjustment for him as well, but he's adjusting in a very different way.
I'd love to hear thoughts on this.
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He's trying, he's correcting himself when he messes up, and he's apologising for messing up.
He's not there yet, but he's still miles ahead of Kellen.
He's changed so much since he started, which is great and awesome ^-^
Also love Rain always being super sweet :D
I just discovered Rain a few days ago, but I've spent all of my spare time reading it so I'm caught up to the most recent comic. I wanted to tell you how much I love it and the characters. As a gender-variant individual myself, it's really cool seeing the diversity in the comic. I can't wait to see what will happen next. Keep up the good work!
Aiken continues to please me.
Just like my parents were, he's in the stage where he fully accepts Rain as she is, but after years of calling Rain Ryan, it just comes off as a habit now, give it a month or 2 and he wouldnt have this problem anymore.
As long as my parents corrected themselves I was happy (except in public, I gave a lot of Evil Eyes because of that).
@Terastrasza: It's one of those things that's annoying but you absolutely understand why they do it.
Accepting Rain has likely pushed Aiken to want to make a real apology to Jessica and I think it would be good for both of them if that happened. He probably doesn't even know how much she has helped Rain.
Aiken's made amazing progress. Correcting himself mid-name (instead of two sentences later after getting a disapproving look) shows he's not just trying very hard but also succeeding.
Maybe there's hope for Jessica×Aiken yet.
And yes, him using the right pronouns for Jessica without a hitch shows what a difference it makes which gender someone first sees you as.
I honestly feel kinda bad for Aiken. I mean yes, he could have handled it more... elegantly, but the context in which he found out about Jessica would *completely understandably* leave him feeling hurt and betrayed, and then for his little sister to come out...
He appears to be climbing that mountain, but I want to give him a hug for that one-two punch anyway, that has to have hurt.
@Keiya: The problem between Jessica nad Aiken isnt so much about gender at all as it was a bad judgement mistake in developing a relationship. it's irresponsible to get to the point of an engagement without disclosing such a big possible issue. I would say the same thing about a major medical diagnosis or a dangerous job. Aiken has proven that he can handle trans issues but he needs time to ease into them, Jessica didnt allow him that opportunity and they have both paid for it. Now that Aiken has had to face the issue again with a family member he absolutely cares for there is a possibility of them repairing the relationship at least to the point of being united in helping Rain progress through transition and possibly getting together romantically again.
@Nesagsar: No, I think she did that at the right time. Long enough to develop a serious relationship without prejudice messing up Aiken's view of her, but before they got intimate.
@Kimiko_0: no, she did it when the insurance company refused to pay - and (apparently) did not intend to come out until after they were married
I'm really satisfied with Aiken, you can really see a contrast between him and Kellen. Maybe it's a matter of time, since he knew about Rain before Kellen (correct me if I'm wrong), or it's due to Jessica's influence.. I just don't want to think Kellen is hopeless. Anyway, I really wanted to see him mentioning Jessica again - and hope they can meet again in better terms
I love how her brother is ACTUALLY trying to be supportive of her He even corrects himself on the name and pronouns. I hated him when he was such a dick at Christmas, but I'm glad he's changed. Kellen is just starting to aggravate me though. I want to slap her.
All in all, this is a very sweet, sincere page, I just hope Rain's tidbit about Jessica and the necklace doesn't make things awkward later. The last panel makes it very clear she's aware she can't speak with authority on Jessica's behalf, but Aiken will inevitably get his hopes up, you know? Being an intermediary always stinks, especially when it comes to romantic relationships. But the dialogue flowing so naturally in this page proves this was kind of unavoidable? Great job, Jocelyn.
He's trying. I'd be pretty happy if my family acted like this if I came out.
Aiken still has a crush? Oooh, I kinda ship these two, but we just saw how Fara dealt with Colin and I'm worried Jessica would feel the same way :s
Whether Aiken SHOULD be forgiven, is, of course, also still a question. His reaction was pretty cruel... but also a lot more confused than Colin's "grow a pair" arguments.