I know, I know. Cliffhanger. I'm a monster. XD
This really was the best option though. Originally, I was going to have Heather kinda "half-say" it, and then elaborate on the next page, but it felt clunky. Like, "why would anyone say it like that" clunky. I also considered having her go in-depth on this page, saying the whole thing, but this page is already really wordy (even for Rain). And I couldn't do a two-pager because the next one has to be.
Look on the bright side though; you have something to think about over the weekend. ;P
In the meantime, let's focus on the reveal that IS on this page. Heather has learned Jessica's secret... and really isn't phased at all. While she's undoubtedly embarrassed, Jess is quite relieved to hear such open-mindedness. But what's on Heather's mind here?
What IS Heather's secret? Place your bets now; the reveal is definitely next time.
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These cliffhangers will be the end of me. I can see it now.
A CLIFFHANGER. DARNNNNNN. What's her secret? I must know! I can't wait till the next page to find out. XD
NO NO NO. GIVE ME THE SECRETS. I WANT THE SECRETS. NO NO. SECRETS NOW.NNOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
She's a Post Op?
@Lenneth: Maybe, but I think that's kind of unlikely. Remember she still has some issues with her sister's crossdressing.
Didn't Heather mention to someone at some point that she was infertile? Does her secret have something to do with that?
@Lynn: That sounds vaguely familiar. Maybe she's a hermaphrodite of some variety?
@Arcanist Lupus: You probably mean intersex. People can't be hermaphrodites; hermaphrodites are creatures that can reproduce with themselves, such as earthworms. "Hermaphrodite" also been used as a slur against intersex people before.
@Lenn: So, from a cursory google search, a person with ,say, XXY chromosomes would be considered intersex? Also, I thought that hermaphroditism was the characteristic of being able to act as either the male, or the female in reproduction.
@Lenn: Hermaphrodite actually means possessing both male and female sexual organs. It doesn't mean they can reproduce by themselves, though some hermaphroditic organisms can. It's an extremely rare condition in humans, and usually involves significant birth defects that make survival to adulthood unlikely to the point of near impossibility.
@Microrapter: Can you site a source on this? At least according to Wikipedia there has never been a recorded case of a human with functional copies of both male and female reproductive systems.
@vlad: I never said functional. The longest surviving case I've ever heard of was only a couple of hours.
@Microrapter: Ooooh ok.
To biologists, a hermaphrodite has complete and fully-functional reproductive systems of both sexes. The ability to self-fertilize is not required.
In humans that is about as close to impossible as biology gets: there are certain bits of tissue that, during fetal development, grow into male OR female organs. One bit of tissue, one organ or the other (or something in between that isn't either one). "Both" is simply not an option except in really bizarre circumstances and then there's a problem of where things fit.
Intersex - a mix of male, female, and indeterminate parts, so neither the male set nor the female set is complete - is quite possible. And it certainly isn't common, but it also isn't really rare - one human birth in somewhere between 1500 and 2000.
@Lenn: Oh, sorry. I didn't realize the term was offensive. Thanks for letting me know!
(Although I'm getting enough deja vu that I think I might have learned this once before, and forgotten. If so, I apologize)
Mmh, Heather didn't actually say what secret of Jessica's she knows... Her reaction is mild and it's not spelled out so I wonder if for instance she knows Jessica had top surgery/breast implants or something like that, which is less "big" than being trans.
It would also make sense if they were only making out. Getting naked all the way seems a bit much. Although it's certainly possible too... I'm not saying Heather doesn't know that Jess is trans, just that I feel it's not 100% clear from the comic, so I'm open to it being something different.
The cliff hanger is like a knife to the soul.
OH COME ON!! You could have just made this a bigger page. T_T Damn cliffhangers.
can't remember chapter/page but the breakup of jessica/aiken would help to explain heather's embarassment.
went back,looked,found clue in chapter 12.
A lot of people seem to say Hermaphrodite which seems to be a not the best way to say intersexed. Which I admit could be but the moral of the story is, clfifhangers are evil!
Yeah I get they are needed and such for pacing and release but still what happens next ...
I NEED TO KNOW!
Intersex sounds like a possibility, maybe... Not a likely one, though.
I'm guessing, either surprise pregnancy, or she was the one who had Jessica's insurance back out of paying for her SRS.
Please, just don't cut away for as long as you did after their first kiss.
No cutaways. Monday will feature Jessica and Heather. I promise. ^_^
@LittleLynn84: Will she be revealing her big secret on the next page? Or are we gonna have to wait even longer?
It's right in the Author Comments. ^_^
"What IS Heather's secret? Place your bets now; the reveal is definitely next time."
@LittleLynn84: Gah! Didn't see that! Sorry for my being stupid, lol.
@TallMist: Aggh! Ditto!
I don't think it's anything to do with her gender. I mean, come on, this is already the most statistically improbable group of people of all time.
My theory is that Heather has a really messed up family history and is Ky's real mother.
I can't think of anything that would necessitate that level of lying (besides, isn't there literally a 6 year age difference between them?). My money's on Heather getting some on the side and magically getting pregnant. Or, alternatively, seeing as how this comic already has the "pregnant young adult" niche filled ( :P ), maybe a love confession? Or perhaps a confession relating to Ky or Rain? I don't know, I'm just throwing out anything I can think of that isn't explicitly ruled out.
@Anon: Ooh another darkhorse guess. highfive!
not necessarily. Big enough city catholic school. Odds go up if characters use social media. Also queer people in high school tend to try to find each other in order not to be isolated.
You better not drop dead before Monday, or i'll figure out some way to get you in the afterlife...
Abandon the hype train! It is heading straight to a cliff hanger!
The truth is...
I dye my hair ;.;
the 1st person i've gotten passionate with when i'm drunk,jessica,and you probably won't be the last.
still betting that's not what heather is about to tell jessica.
I realized I accidentally posted my comment on the wrong strip, so I'm reposting it on the right one.
I've been guessing Heather has some intersex condition ever since she revealed she's infertile. I remember a while back, it was revealed that some characters were. It wasn't specified which ones so as not to be a spoiler. I think that was around the first t-shirt design reveal. Oh, are those going to be available again?
you stop mid sentence on a friday, you're mean.
Yeah, I think it's likely that her secret has to do with infertility. I don't know if it's an intersex thing or not, but it could be
I'm guessing that Heather could be a post op who has regretted transition. Would make sense that she could be trying to get Ky to stop crossdressing.
@Drizzle Flaherty: that's actually........ really dumb. Heather used slurs and misgendered rain a lot in the beginning.
@no: Exactly. That's WHY it's possible.
@Drizzle Flaherty: ...
Is heather is aromantic or greyromantic.
I'd say but intersex...but that sounds a bit obvious, maybe. (Also, I think Ana's got that spot in the comic.) My bets are on @Drizzle Flaherty's idea.
My guess is that she actually likes SyFy Channel original movies.