And she comes in to class a bit late. Not many pages ago, we saw a still pajama'd Rain who hadn't done her makeup or hair yet, and was trying to get out of coming to school altogether today. Although talked into going, they would naturally be a little behind schedule.
I know most readers probably wanted to see the reactions of her friends and plot-relevant classmates, but her running late allowed the opportunity for this scene, which I felt was potentially more impacting. Walking in late puts everyone's eyes on her. Most of the class (Brother Arthur included) don't recognize her right away. The peanut gallery murmurs about what they're seeing as she walks to her seat that's closer to the back of the class. She hears them whisper, but thanks to her shyness doesn't respond. Awwwwwwkwaaaaard...
On the plus side, the commentary's not as bad as it could be. It's technically not ideal (and it escalates pretty quickly), but they really could be saying far worse things. I guess she has only been there like thirty seconds though.
But what are your thoughts? Are initial reactions better or worse than you expected? Can Rain work with this, or does this have the potential to explode into something more? And I wonder which classmate will be the first to approach her.
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It's scary how much I relate to this page. Maybe it's because I see so many people who share their stories down here in the comment section, but as someone who has had a recent dramatic haircut, I can relate. Suffering from GAD is a bitch, and oen of my fits lead to me cutting off a bunch of hair in anxiety. So I can understand the anxiety, if not completely, what Rain is going through.
Her identity feels ripped away. The eerie silence, like there's a part of her missing. And even though she's been reassured by someone close to her, it doesn't stop those small fears festering. Maybe the initial reaction isn't as bad, but it's still THERE, and some small fears are there. In a way, I'm sort of glad I've got Rain the webcomic to read, to project hope for me in the future. I'm not transgender, but this comic really does affect people of all reaches. Kudos to you on that, my friend.
(Also, a quick question: does the hairclip that tucks back Rain's fringe belong to Emily? It was used when Emily fixed up Rain's hair, and she's still wearing it now. If so, I can see why Rain is still wearing it.)
So... If someone were to approach Rain, I'm guessing that if it weren't one of her friends, it would either be Ana or a random classmate we haven't met yet.
Also, love Brother Arthur's face in the last panel. XD If looks could kill...
Probably not what Rain's worrying about right now, but I just spent a good minute laughing at "Did she always have two eyes?" "Dude, what!?" :D
ETA: Wait, it gets even funnier when you read their comments top to bottom. "Did she always have two eyes?" "Oh man! That'd suck! I really wanted to ask her out!" :D
I loved the eyes comments for both of your reasons.
@Kimiko_0: Followed immediately of course by "Dude, what!?" I like to think that the student meant to add two more words.
@Kimiko_0: Oh my god, that's hilarious (the second paragraph of your comment)
Oh dear... This was... Mmmf...
"did she always have two eyes?"emphasis on the word "she".
I see what you did there with the eyes comment.
Okay, someone's getting the bees!
Can't they freaking compliment her? I got so many positive compliments when I got my hair cut as short as hers a few weeks ago. Grr... it just makes me mad that they would be so inconsiderate to someone as shy and unsure as Rain.
@Storm Cycle: What makes me hate these kids is the fact that they're making fun of her just because her hair is short. I mean, what the hell?! Have they never heard of short haired girls before? Wasn't Emily's shorter friend short haired? No one called her that word! So why Rain? Just because she isn't 100% hateful towards people that are different? These students make me sick.
Emily's shorter friend? Are you referring to Debbie? Her hair is long, actually. It's just in a high ponytail. In fact, none of the main cast female students really have short hair. Even Maria's former short hair was longer than Rain's current hair.
Not that this justifies any of the commentary, but hair that short is not really seen among the female students.
@LittleLynn84: I would say that Fara has the shortest hair of the main cast.
@TallMist: More importantly, I feel the irresistible urge to punch whoever refers to "the gay" as a contagious disease in whatever part of their body would hurt most.
Brother Aurthor had a prosopagnosia moment XD Boy, do I know what that like. Happens every time someone so much as takes off their glasses.
Well, at the least she is still being seen as female. It sure is still going to stress her out though, with how dysphoric she is.
@Rain Dreamer: That's the biggest thing I noticed, that everyone is still referring to Rain as 'she'. Her worst fear averted. ^_^
I was kinda afraid of how things would go the last we saw her, but I'm glad everyone still sees her as a girl. I just hope Fr. Quinten doesn't hear about the "kinda dykey" comments. Don't want her getting in trouble as Rudy and Emily have....
@Chrissy: Even Father Quenten would find it a stretch to persecute over a hairstyle, and schoolyard rumors and name calling should be something he is used to. The only time he has asked someone to step in is when the rumors are at least partially substantiated. Such as yelling out your lesbian status in the lunchroom. That was not subtle Maria!
"Did she always have two eyes?"
I laughed so much at that line hehe.
I expected more comments from the "Did she always have two eyes"-caliber, after reading all the past comments ;p