Originally, the first panel was Jessica asking Emily to talk, and then the rest of the page was them talking. It felt like a really weird scene transition though. So I added this short exchange between Rain and Fara regarding the leftover ponytail. I know I haven't shown it since the haircut happened, but I imagine Rain held onto it. When I had to cut my hair short for the first time when I was 21 (for a terrible job I quit after two days, no less), I kept it out of some kind of sentimentality for a long time before finally doing something with it.
Regarding where Rain and Fara's talk go, I never planned to specify what it was that took Liriel Flaherty's life. And for what it's worth, I may even leave it at what's been said here, but the dialogue probably offers some pretty clear hints. If you don't get it, don't worry about it. I'm not 100% sure this page was even necessary. I don't know. I think it's just my own personal experience that made me want to include this. I didn't need to go through chemo (thankfully), but I actually did lose a fair amount of hair from the stress of my second surgery.
So, sorry if this is a weird, potentially unnecessary, downer of a page, but thank you for indulging me. Jessica and Emily will actually talk next time.
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Wait... Did Rain's mom die of cancer? D:
@TallMist: That's what this is supposed to imply, I think.
Was Rain's hair long enough to donate? My impression was that Locks of Love has a fair number of rules about the hair that it accepts, and Rain's hair didn't seem quite long enough to me.
Regardless, I didn't find this page to be a downer. Sad, yes, but there's something very sweet in Rain putting aside her hardship (in fact, taking advantage of her hardship) to do something nice for others in memory of someone she loves.
@Arcanist Lupus: The minimum length is ten inches, so I'm semi-almost sure her hair was long enough.
@LittleLynn84: For what it's worth, I like that you included this page, unnecessary or not. As a reader, my favorite part of a fictional world isn't the characters themselves, but the world that is built around them. By adding more background and story to minor, you actually end up strengthening the world around the main characters. That's why I love Tolken, Rowling, Paolini and other large universes. I like lore.
So yeah, thank you for this page and thank you for also adding part of yourself to it.
I donated to the Locks of Love once. My little brother is a Leukemia survivor, he suffered a lot and lost his hair but it grew back eventually. I also lost my grandpa to cancer and my father struggles with skin cancer. I hate cancer.... :'(
Being that my mother battled with (and won against) cancer, I immediately picked up on what was being said here. Seriously... it was so weird seeing my mother lose her hair when she had to go through chemo... It was also more then just a little heartbreaking to know she was going through such a hard and terrible thing. Still, in the end, she was able to come out of it cancer free, and her hair grew back even more full then it had been before ^^
As long as the whole thing is still tied together and not random locks, I think it was long enough, although a lot of those places won't accept hair that was cut "privately". Either way, I think it's fine not worrying too much about the details here. That's not really the important part.
Oh boy, you got me all teary-eyed again Jocelyn. Urgh, why must you be such a great writer > ~ <