Sorry to start this one off on a downer note, but you probably all knew some kind of confrontation was coming after the end of the last chapter anyway. This scene needed to happen, so let's get it out of the way first. From here, we'll pull ourselves out of the drama ditch, little by little.
And in case anyone's wondering where Fara is, it was actually established a while back that it's about an hour and a half drive. There was time for this little interaction before she'd get there even if she rushed.
Onto the subject matter, this is some pretty serious stuff! Back when this reunion between Rain and her siblings was first alluded to, a lot of people were expecting Kellen be the "easy sibling" to come out to. And then as things developed, a lot of people were thinking she'd get better before this arc was done. I assume because Gavin and Aiken did, so the "formula" implies Kellen would come around too. But I think it would be irresponsible of me to imply that everything will always work out and be hunky dory. Some people just don't and won't understand. No matter what or how much they're told, they choose to believe what they want. Being gay or transgender isn't a choice, but being ignorant absolutely CAN be.
I've been very fortunate to have most of the people around me being accepting of me since transition. My immediate family and like 90% of my friends have all stuck by me. That 10% remainder of my friends, though? Much of my extended family? Not so much. And though they're the minority, it still hurts and it never gets easier. But if they're not going to accept me no matter what I say, then why should I waste their time and mine by continuing to say it? It hurts to lose people in your life, but when keeping them in your life hurts you more, sometimes you do just need to walk away (if you can). Incidentally, sometimes the threat of never seeing you again can actually be the wakeup call they need!
With all that said, I have never given up on anyone. If someone who said/did terrible things to me came back into my life and said they wanted to apologize, I would want to hear them out. I would want to give them a chance. Maybe not immediately after it happens, but I would definitely like to see them come around. That's me though. Do you think there's any remote possibility of Rain and Kellen talking civilly with each other again someday down the road?
Yeah, I know. Laying this one on a little thick. Had a lot to say here. Lighter page next time. I promise.
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I'll be honest, I kinda wanted to see a princess Anna and Hans moment. Kapow! This works too. I honestly don't think Rain should give Kellen the time of day again but I think along the road Kellen is going to be able to change her mind. I just hope that Kellen actually understands at that point but I doubt she will.
@Guest: i like the way you think ;)
I don't think Kellen will come around.
Before Aiken accepted her, he yelled at her for it.
Kellen took part of it away.
It's all so timely. I think I just pulled out a Kellen on myself today. Cut hair to start making everything match. My legs are way too thick to look good in a dress that is way too small (I looked like a total freak), and I just looked at possibilities of who could help me end questioning and maybe transition just brought me into arms of claiming to be fluid, then denounce everything - having to communicate with guy doctors after 50 just reminds of psych ward scenario, while I don't want to end up suing my parents, as this is the only way to change sex marker.
tl;dr - I felt like a freak, so I denounced everything and now I don't know what I am
@Guest happens: Oh, honey. Isn't it obvious? You're a lovely and wonderful person. You may be going through a rough patch but it will just make you into a stronger version of yourself. Only you can decide what your identity is, but never forget that you are wonderful.
yeah I thought that Rain would disown Kelllen for what she did. Personally I would do the same thing if a sibling didn't except me for how I am
May I request that when Fara shows up she slaps Kellen across the face?
Wait, no... Better yet, Rain should slap her!
@Guest: Fara gets to slap Kellen! Rain gets to slap Kellen! EVERYONE gets to slap Kellen!
@Guest: Either that or someone unleashes the ninjas on her.
Things just got serious, but how will Krillen react? And what happens when Karami catches wind of this disaster? Find out in the very next episode of Dragon Ball Z!
@Flood: *high five*
one of the 1st things i was asked in counseling was "do you enjoy doing things that make you miserable?" i said "no". then i was asked "then why do you continue to do things that make you miserable?"
if rain realizes what i realized she'll be keeping her contacts with her sister at a minimum for a while.
whoa.... ok, WHAT THE FREAK IS GOING ON???? im i bit confused, but still i just spent the last 5 minutes trying to play a game where the PLAY button DOSENT WORK.
WHY! WHY HER HAIR! YOU NEVER TOUCH A GIRLS HAIR! NEVER! I HOPE FARA SMAKES THE CRAP OUT OF HER
Go Rain! I was afraid she was still going to be in shock. Now, on to a hair salon!
I don't think it matters anymore whether Kellen would come around given umpteen more chances. I think Rain has risked and sacrificed more than enough already to give her extra chances, and I think even if Kellen tried to attone, she could probably never be anything but a malignant presence in Rain's life now anyway in terms of the effect she has.
You have now lost your baby bro more completely than if you'd accepted she was your baby sis.
And it's your own damn fault. Now go to your room and think about that for a while.
I'm not seeing Kellen come around any time soon honestly. At all. But I am really glad to see Rain standing up for herself and confronting Kellen. She's grown a lot since the earlier chapters.
I have a cousin that acts just like this. Learning from experience, she most likely won't change. I know that's a pretty blunt answer, but trust me. Those with delusions never come out of it. I had to disown 3 people in my family because of this same mindset. It hurts me, and it probably hurts them as well, but I can't keep that type of toxicity in my life. Since you ARE the author, you get to decide whether or not she stays how she is, but I'm just telling you from experience that people like that may never change.
I can't believe Kellen still doesn't understand how much she's hurting Rain. And to think that she had the NERVE to still call her Ryan after all this! Also Kellen did a horrible job of cutting Rain's hair- she needs to get her hair cut or get a wig. I think she'd like a wig tho.
This strikes a chord with me. I come from a divorced home, grew up with my dad. My dad was bad at first, but came around. (Much like Aiken)
My mom, brother, and stepdad? I haven't spoken to my brother or stepdad in... 3 or so years. My mother and I spoke for a while after, but I haven't talked to her for over a year. By choice. Every time I spoke to her it was painful. She was awful. I was hurt. So I had to just close that door. It's not forever sealed... but she'll have to be the one to knock. I'm never going through it again.
I feel Rain here... she'll need lots of hugs.
Good for you Rain! I applaud you for standing up to your sister even though it hurt.
Now to see who blows up at whom next and how many will leave Kellen's apartment when Fara arrives.
She is much stronger than I thought.
If it was me, I would just run away from that place right away, crying the whole time. I wouldn't have the will to confront Kellen and give her a piece of my mind, because it would hurt so much to be betrayed like that.
You know... cutting someone's hair without their permission is actually considered assault with a weapon... So Kellen could legitimately be looking at honest jail time for what she just did... Never mind the fact that when Fara gets there, she's probably gonna kick the ever living **** out of her.
I really feel for Rain here. I had to cut ties with my sister due to a bunch of stuff (long story) and while I know in my heart that I did the right thing and my life has been better without her in it, it still hurts and part of me knows that it always will. You don't "get over it", you just find ways to manage the pain.
And the "Asshole of the Year" award goes to Kellen! For her unrepentant attitude after seeing just how much it what she did means to Rain. There's a difference between "tough love" and "sociopathy".
I'm hoping Aiken steps up to bat for Rain here. Comforting Rain while they wait for Fara, or calling Kellen out on this. At the very least. I don't think he should cut ties with her because that doesn't seem like something he'd do, but he might distance himself from Kellen and interact with Rain a bit more from here on.
Wow. All this time waiting for the next part of the story, I kept imagining what it would be. My first guess was that Emily, who has been pretty in-your-face with Kellen so far, would be having it out with her. Maybe we'd pick up when Fara was almost-but-not-quite trying to kill her. Maybe Aiken would actually step up for Rain, taking a firm side with her. Maybe the story would just skip ahead to the aftermath.
What I did NOT predict was RAIN doing the confronting. I don't know why, but it never occurred to me that she'd want to even SEE her sister, much less talk. Or be such a badass.
I'm sorry, Rain. I underestimated you. You're braver, stronger, and more assertive than I gave you credit for. Bravo.
@SailorGwyn: I think Aiken will try to be the peacemaker, because he doesn't want the family to fall apart. But it'll make Rain mad at him too.
I just don't understand people sometimes. I mean if you can observe with your own eyes someone you love is happier as they are why would you want to make them unhappy by pushing your assumed limits for them onto them. People who enforce their own limits for others are the most annoying kind of stupid.
She shouldn't have to take it.
@Nesagsar: Hey, I made an account!
Ok, Kellen, you dumbass. What exactly are you smoking that makes you think what you just did could ever possibly end on a positive note?
And where the hell can I get some?
"Baby bro" is so very on-point here: Kellen is treating Rain like a small child, not like a reasoning person. K's solution is to punish her "baby" sibling by taking away his "toys" so he'll stop "misbehaving," rather than actually figuring out the underlying reasons for Rain's behavior.
I'm starting to think R's gender is only part of the issue & K mainly wants her sib to stay in the role that she (K) is used to rather than allowing R to grow and change.
(And now I'm wondering if Ordinary Cisgender Guy Ryan might also have a sister who freaks out as she realizes he's not going to stay a cute li'l baby forever. ;) )
"Oh I literally sliced your body with razor-sharp blades. What, this bothers you? Why, that's so ~~melodramatic~~!"
Hardly surprised that Rain said what she did to Kellen.
Halfway expecting Fara to lop off some of Kellen's hair to make her think....(& to avoid strangling her)
Because EMILY will be the one to slap Kellen. I mean, while their status as a couple isn't confirmed, Rain obviously means a lot to her, and she must be enraged to see her sad.
@Wyllow: Sgt. Bilko(1996)
00:04:58 I oughta... Hold me back! Aah. No, no! Let me go! I'll kill him.
I am loving this.
And Kellen totally deserves whatever punishment she has coming her way (Go Aunt Fara!)
But, I do have a question. I'm not trans myself, but I have a few trans friends and I was wondering why they tend to wear the chokers or similar? I noticed Rain tends to wear one a lot and I was wondering if that's sort of like a comfort thing? One of my friends can't go without wearing his collar, or else he'll get anxiety. I bit like me and my arm bands.
My other trans friends do the same thing. Always have something, a collar or choker around their neck. (Collar as in cat/dog collar)
Is that just a trans thing, or is it just an 'I have weird friends' thing?
For some, it might just be fashion choice. Chokers are pretty stylish (in my opinion).
For others, there are some trans girls who might have pronounced adam's apples. Chokers and collars can hide it.
For Rain, she doesn't have a terribly prominent adam's apple, but she is pretty neurotic about passing. As such, she wears one because she's afraid of someone seeing what little there is.
@BaileyisDarcy: Well, I used to wear a scarf to obscure my Eve's apple. I'm not sure how much it actually did obscure it, but *feeling* like it wasn't as visible helped with the dysphoria at least. I don't do that anymore cos my dysphoria about it subsided as I started to notice more cis women having similar necks, so one hot summer day earlier this year I decided what little dysphoria relief it still gave me wasn't worth the heat. But I know I'm not the only trans woman to ever wear something around her neck for that reason
Maybe have Kallen Get a Haircut as Karma
You commented about "ignorance". Ignorance can be fixed with education and understanding. Choosing to remain ignorant in the face of overwhelming evidence is just plain stupid. You can't fix stupid.
Kellen did a very stupid thing and I'm wondering how long it will take before she realizes it. Ah ... stubbornness ... the sibling of stupidity.
Darn. This page nails you right in the feels. :(
She doesn't even have the decency to look ashamed.
I was seriously hoping that Kellen wasn't responsible here or at least some mitigating circumstances. I know she does care but her perspective is so messed up right now she can even see how much she hurt person she cares about here and worse it seems more like your issue a Kellen hates change she can see that the people around her and her family of grown-up. . he seems to be locked away everyone in the family should be. The main reason is hoping she wasn't the culprit is how the previous comments people are talking about how you should be brutally hurt if you will. Kellen seemed like an okay person in all aspects except for this one family thing she seems to be completely off the rails. I don't think is still some way for the a positive influence in her little sister's life. I hope the writer has one hell of supplies store to fix things
I just wanted to say that I get massively apprehensive every time I go to check if Rain has updated. I love the story, but the current events hit home hard.
Still, I check every day, so you must be doing *something* right! :P
YOU TELL HER, RAIN!!!! SCREW KELLEN! ABSOLUTELY WORST CHARACTER YET SO FAR!!!! I just wish you'd have slapped her, Rain.