Well, we haven't seen these two in a while.
The return of Aiken, the big brother who is slowly trying to understand everything for the sake of his little sister! And Kellen... who is doing everything in her power to NOT understand. Blaarg...
Some people, you know?
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Hey, Aiken's trying to be nice, which cool. =)
I like this new side of Aiken that we're seeing. I think some of the most interesting characters are either biting characters that initially seem evil because of how blunt/cutting/peevish they are but are slowly shown to be well-intentioned. There is a reason Snape is so popular, despite being a completely awful person (Yes, I am a Snape fan, yes, he is awful, yes, that's why I'm a snape fan). Alternatively, nice characters that do terrible things are also really interesting.
I bring this up because Aiken is going back to what he does when he feels frustrated or upset, which is to lash out with cutting remarks. Which when it was directed at Rain and Joscylen, was jerky, but when directed at Kellen, is kind of necessary at this point. I think Aiken, despite starting off his character life as a one-dimensional villain, has quite convincingly metamorphosed into one of the more complex characters. Brava
Also, get it the f* together, Kellen
Yeah, Kellen reminds me of my dad.
Seeming like a nice person, but in the end they don't respect you on a really fundamental level, and trying to get them to understand is like trying to break through a concrete wall with your fist.
Fuck you Kellen, you don't deserve Rain in your life.
I hope she'll understand it some day, maybe she'll even try to be a better person then.
@Ellen: That would be my dad, too, if I had the courage to come out at all.
...And this is if I'm *fortunate*.
Oh I think I feel sick. Kellen's gonna out Rain to the school, isn't she? jfc :/
@Allie: Oh god, if she does, I will lose all sympathy for her, because that is basically an immediate expulsion order given their headmaster. The problem is that I can see her being angry, getting drunk and then calling the headmaster.
Fuck you, Kellen
Kellen's words were so painful once I saw where she was going that I literally could not finish reading her dialog. I skimmed it just enough to get to Aiken's response, because hearing it was just too...painful.
(You could say, it was too authentic! :P)
@Ranger: Huh. You know that is what I did. I saw where she was going and I was like "Nope."
I personally don't like how Kellen's character has progressed. I had hoped she would have been the accepting sibling. I am pleasantly surprised that it is Aiken who is becoming the accepting one, so it all works out and I am happy that Rain has an accepting sibling, even if he was a dumb jerk at first. Gives me hope for Kellen, though that hope seems to be shrinking the more she talks.
Can someone PLEASE smack Kellen upside the head with the clue-by-four?
You know, it's kinda funny how Kellen is, because I've been learning a lot about people recently. Thing is Kellen isn't doing this to be mean or to hate, she's doing it because she's been hurt before and since she can't change it she's in denial about it.
Now you may be wondering what I mean by her being hurt, and it would be quite simple; she's lost half her family already. Her mother's dead, her father was a jerk (although probably acting out of his pain as well) and now her "little brother" is gone.
She's desperately trying to hold on to what's familiar, what she's comfortable with. Sadly, that's just pushing away what little family she has left by trying to hold onto a flimsy reality. Is what she's doing terrible? Yeah, but it's also human, and even though I disagree with her, I can't say I blame her.
Also, I'm glad I wasn't the only person who was like "No! Can't read that thing Kellen said!" XD
@RFZ: Thank you RFZ. I have the same feelings. It doesn't excuse her, but she still deserves a tiiiiiiiny bit more (and I mean really tiny) sympathy than she gets around here. I say we should treat her like her family is at the moment
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Love the first panel :)
And maybe I'm a jerk, but I find Kellen's new theory hilarious and strangely plausible on some opposite day logical planes.
Also, I just realized how much Kellen looks like Rain in panel 4 and 5. Did Rain base part of her look off of Kellen?
They are sisters, after all :)
Funny thing is...trans people did live as another character. While we are in our closets, we have no other choices but play as characters that we are not, we pretend to fit, we disguise ourselves to survive.
Then when we finally get to live as ourselves, somehow some people think we are trying to be someone else. Bleh.
@Guest Guy: I think is is just matter of being family. A lot of trans people, especially after HRT, looks really similar to their siblings or parents.
@Rain Dreamer: I'm pretty sure Littlelynn84 said that she is still in the earliest stages of HRT when I asked whether she was still using her falsies at the beginning of the chapter. But they are sisters, with the same hair color and eyes, so I guess that makes sense.
@Guest Guy: I didn't mean Rain is on HRT, I just mean that when transitioning, trans people may look like their family member, and especially for those on HRT, that similarity is even more pronounced.
it's only been a few days since she found out. i think she needs time, and while she is acting rude, having others treat her badly back isn't helping. if you just shoot down someone like that... it just makes them angry, and more firmly grounded in their beliefs.
but wow- kudos to littlelynn. i've never seen any other comic where people discuss characters like this. it's amazing how well she writes.
@Viival: She actually found out a long time ago, during Christmas break. When Aiken went back after his falling-out with Rain and Fara, Fara, at the request of Rain, called Kellen to explain the situation.
In my earlier years of trying to sort out my own feelings and put words to the underlying sense of unease that permeated my life. I didn't have a solid way to describe my own feelings, even to my own mother, someone who I can routinely describe myself as feeling BLEH!!! and she'll completely understand how I feel. She used to think it was a phase. Then she thought it was a form of escapism. Then she realized it was something I was serious about, around the time I actually worked up the nerve to start transitioning. Even then though, she still couldn't understand it. I'm sure, despite all the positive strides she's made that somewhere deep in her mind she still sees me not as her daughter, but her baby boy. It's unfortunate, but it's common, especially with close family. They grew up knowing you one way, and suddenly to them it seems like you've thrown away everything that made you, "you" and they feel like they've lost someone.
It's important to make sure those closest to you, don't feel like you are changing who you are, but that you are being more true to yourself than ever before. It's part of what helped my mum come to terms.
I've ended up rambling as I so often do when writing comments, but my point is that Kellen is struggling with this new blow to her view of her world. If she were to stop trying to come up with excuses, stop focusing on what's different, she'd see that Rain hasn't changed much aside from two key details: She's happier than she's ever been, and she presents a different exterior. Inside she's still the same person.
@KittyK: You have no clue how much hearing this puts a smile on my face.
Aiken was hit with something totally unexpected that he was totally unprepared for (Jessica being trans). He freaked out and then ran for shelter - not a good reaction, but a totally understandable one. Then, in what he expected to be the shelter of his family, he got hit with the same thing again (Rain being trans). So he freaked out again, badly enough that Fara kicked him out.
And the first thing he did after getting a hotel room was call Kellen and tell her about it.
So they've both known for essentially the same amount of time, probably about 2-6 weeks - and Kellen learned about it in personal circumstances much more conducive to dealing with it rationally.
She hasn't. Aiken, the one also dealing with an unrelated source of emotional distress, is the one who did some research - the one who recognizes that Rain is happier than Ryan ever was - the one who is actually working on accepting the situation.
I can find a lot more sympathy for Aiken's initial bad reaction (not that it's excused, by any means) than for Kellen's continuing denial.
@Don Edwards: Fara is actually the person who told Kellen over the phone, not Aiken. But other than that, this is spot-on.
Makes me think that Aiken is listening to this and realizing how stupid *he* sounded at the beginning--but is quickly getting impatient with impatient with Kellen's sh*t.
I'm just going to hit my head on this wall repeatedly until Kellen changes.
Don't mind me.
Kellen reminds me of a few of my relatives...
I read this, and I had to read it again to be sure. ANd sure enough she went there. I've lived through those excuses enough because someone who didn't want to understand (My dad) Wanted to grasp at any straws, which escalated quickly from talking, to kicking me out, and throwing flaming perfume to get my attention ON my way out. I REALLY home she doesn't go there, but......she's really trying to deny the entire thing hard core.