A lot of you guessed this. Gavin's phone conversation in the previous chapter was worded very particularly so as to sound like he was meeting up with Ana tonight. I managed to mislead a lot of you, but a fair few cautiously brought up a "what if it's Allison?" since then. ^_^ Also, because I'm sure there are some concerned Ana fans wondering where she is, I will say this: Even though Ana will NOT actually be meeting up with Gavin here, you have my word that she IS still in this chapter.
Anyway, let's get back to the point. Allison is kind of interesting. Her name has been dropped a few times over the course of the comic, but apart from one random flashback, she's never actually been seen... unless you've read Volume 1's bonus chapter. And even then, this is the first time anyone is seeing her in present day. If you're fuzzy on who she actually is, that's okay. The only really important thing you need to know going into this is that Allison was childhood friends with "Ryan" and Gavin back in the day. Book buyers might have a little advance knowledge of one particular thing, but it's nothing too big and we'll all be on the same page before this chapter is over.
But let's hear your thoughts on the girl. Are there any immediate takeaways regarding what kind of person Allison is we can gather from her short presence in this scene? What "rough stuff" could she be going through? Could there be ulterior motives on either her or Gavin's part? And most of all, what IS Ruby doing?
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I like how Gavin switches to calling Rudy Ruby in front of someone who hasn't met them yet.
Allison.. It's been a while since I read bonus chapter A. I'll have a look tomorrow.
@Kimiko_0: Just reread chapter A. Oh my.. o_o
I hope there'll be some friends around when they meet again.
Gavin's face at the end... Epic lols.
Ooooh, I remember her! Barely... But I remember! Man that's been a while. Looks like that one girl from the Halloween chapter. Princess Pandora or something, someone was dressed up like her just like, I think, Maria was (and I don't mean Maria's girlfriend, exactly, but there was a third person there that shares this design heavily). Or maybe I'm just remembering wrong. But yeah, that's a rememberal (lol words) design.
I don't see this ending well for Gavin, though, if Ana is still gonna be in the chapter... That raises suspicions.
Allison is even more adorable than Ruby! I didn't expect that, as the bar was set pretty high.
Ruby is exhibiting poor impulse control. Again.
Hopefully this doesn't cause too many problems...
Allison seems nice so far. Looking forward to finding out more about her.
Rudy is usually good for a laugh but sometimes he needs to rein it in. If you're constantly over-the-top, your friends may avoid you. Which is why I think Gavin wanted to keep this meeting private. Hopefully Rudy doesn't go overboard. But if he does (go overboard), I hope Gavin tells him off. It's a bit overdue, really.
Funny thing is when I got to where Gavin said "Hey, Allison!" I was like OMGOSH, YOU MEAN THAT ALLISON? And then I had to get up to do something before reading the rest. It was like my own mini-cliffhanger :p
Well. I need to read the comments more often, because I did NOT see that coming.
All the same, Allison seems sweet. I can't even begin to theorize about what she might be going through, but I can't wait to find out.
Ruby is just being Ruby - /incredibly/ impulsive.
she's going to take one look at rain and.. cats. and bags.. right?
i swear. next thing you know our cast has every mental disorder in the book, besides the obvious ones.
Why did I not realize this, of COURSE it's Allison.
But it was so unexpected - I never expected Allison to become a major player in Rain's plot. Kinda happy to see her, though: I haven't read Volume 1's bonus chapter, so I'm happy to find out some more about Rain and Gavin's backstory through the main comic :)
I really love Allison's design. Though her speaking isn't telling me much about her yet (well, the "so, so true" could be a hint, knowing Jocelyn), she does sound cute :p
I feel like there might be more going on with Ruby's appearance than Rudy just playing around... Possibly a reaction to his lingering feelings for Rain but I don't think that's particularly likely, it just occurred to me when I was trying to suss out what was up.
I read Volume 1's bonus chapter (my brother bought it for me for Christmas since we both read this comic).
..This will either be a disaster or a good thing.
Now Ruby that was mean ... ;P but Gavin deserved it. Manipulative thing isn's she XD
Well, Ruby's obviously pretty serious about this and no longer joking around--getting to the point where your voice passes as female is super hard.
Aside from that, I'm actually a trans girl going by the name Ruby, and I'm starting to see a lot of myself in her.
my friends are convinced i'm somehow canon...
@Ruby: I am so much like Ky myself. I never really thought there was anyone like me tell I saw her. What she pulled with the kiss is some thing I would of done.
I just just hoping it was Ana. But she is so cute she will do. Another character we know little about is fine by me.
So now we know was in the centre of cover page of this chapter.