As a little disclaimer, I asked around for testimonies of people who have been pregnant before solidifying this scene just to be sure this was possible yet. Technically, I think this would be about the earliest possible time she could potentially be feeling this. So perhaps it's a little implausible that Emily could recognize what this is at this point in her first pregnancy (part of why I make her sound unsure), but it's technically not impossible.
I admit I really wanted to include this though. It's funny in a way, 'cause I feel like Emily should be further along by this point. But it's been February in canon for almost two years of posts so I haven't really been able to progress her too much in a while. Without looking at the script, I think the next chapter is finally the end of February. Maybe I'm the only one who cares, but that thought makes me really happy for some reason. No other singular month in this story will probably run this long (oh, and the irony that it'd be the shortest actual month)...
Anyway, Emily is experiencing that moment when you're both really terrified by something and also really excitedly happy about it at the same time. It's a strange feeling. I'm sure I've said this before, but I kinda went through that in the last week before hormones, or the last week before going full time. And I'm in a constant state of that feeling when I think of SRS happening (someday... sigh). I imagine pregnancy can be a bit like that too in that it's also just this long waiting game for something that will change your life.
Emily's joys and fears regarding this have been expressed before though (although kicking is still a pretty big step). So let's shift focus to Rain here. She doesn't say a lot, so what do you think might be going through her mind right now?
Also, in case you haven't been following along, there's going to be a hiatus starting now. It may be a long one. For one, not having deadlines for page updates will make it easier to focus on finishing Volume 3 in time for the holidays. There're also a few personal matters that may take up a bit of my time in the coming weeks. Lastly, this has just been a hell of a year for me. I'm so physically and mentally exhausted at this point, that when I finish Volume 3, I really just want to sit down and, you know... exhale.
It's hard to name a return date because there are a lot of variables. At shortest, give me a few weeks. But at longest, I'll be back no later than Christmas. Either way, posts will return this year and there'll probably be a few surprises in the meantime to keep you going (particularly this week... wink, wink). And of course, I'll absolutely keep you posted.
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...it's genetically programmed.
If we weren't programmed to love our children, the infanticide rate would be a LOT higher.
If only that programming overrode transphobia.
@Fairportfan: Unfortunately for a lot of us, that programming only really lasts as long as the child is small and cute. :-/
I wish you well on your hiatus, and look forward to seeing more pages.
If you ask me, and you didn't, you're entitled to a breather here. Take a deep breath and relax the next few weeks. I know I'll be here when you get back.