A little bit of a wonky scene transition here. If I can explain, this page was originally meant to be a very simple one where Rain and Emily step into the school, share a subtle glance, and walk in separate directions which would lead into the next several pages. I can write that all out in this blurb, but I struggled with the actual presentation a lot for some reason. I don't know; it felt content-light and redundant to me. So I originally, meant to just draw the next page while further planning that so as not to get slowed down. However, somehow I forgot to go back to it though. Not wanting to stress out over this too much though, I decided to just post the following page, figuring it shouldn't be too hard to imagine Rain would talk to her other friends at school.
Perhaps, I'll post a page 803.5 at some point to properly make this jump, but for now, you get the point. Sorry this happened all the same though. ^^;
ANYway, as for this scene, we finally get Rain and Gavin talking again for the first time in a really long time. Gavin apologizes a lot. Rain lets it all go (probably much easier than she normally would, but she IS in an exceptionally good mood at the moment what with the new girlfriend and all). Rudy's there too, but doesn't say anything. There's plenty more to say here though, so I'm sure that won't last. XD
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It's okay, we ALL understand that frustration. Any experienced webcomic artist can tell you the pains of showing scenes properly. <3
Gavin looks a bit like a sad horse in that first panel. Otherwise, I love it!
It just struck me again how much I like Gavin and Rain's friendship. Especially considering how Gavin acted back when he found out Rain was trans and how far they've come. Now he cares enough to sincerely apologise for misgendering her even when it was a necessary fake out. They're such sweet best friends. Keep it up, ya cuties <3
(Also panel two is the cutest thing I've seen all week)
Still not forgiving Gavin for completely ignoring Rain the whole day that one time with that girl with that name I cannot spell. >_> Even if Rain has forgiven him.
Though I can't recall Gavin ignoring Rain during the Allison sequences, though.
Lol, but at least they're on good terms still!
One thing I really don't understand about this comic is why Rain's friends continue to treat her like garbage while talking about how much they care about her.
Like honestly, most of her friend group is kind of toxic and she has to constantly apologize for being trans...while never really getting angry?
Like, she was fucking assaulted, for fucks sake, by her own estranged sister and the plot revolves around how she "looks like a guy" with short hair?
@Fussyfangs: it's almost as if you haven't read the comic, like you just look at it and read none of the text...
She does get angry, she may never speak to her sister because of the assault.
Her friends don't treat her like garbage, not even close. They don't treat her like a goddess either they treat her like a friend.
The only part "she looks like a guy" was herself; her friends have been helping her feel more like a girl, hence the entire ear studs storey arc.
She apologizes that it's tough being friends with her because she's not "part of the norm" not for being trans... it's just like when my partner apologizes to me for the pain I'm in from nerve damage, like it's not their fault I'm in pain but they still say "I'm sorry"
We apparently have very different opinions of what "being treated like garbage" or "toxic relationships" look like. I've been treated like garbage before. I've had toxic relationships before. And let me tell you: the toxic people don't typically recognize their faults and volunteer apologies on their own. You see friends that treat Rain like garbage. I see friends I would never let go of if I were in her position.
As for her apologizing for being trans, I don't recall any instances. I could just be forgetting, but if there are, I'd love to see links to some examples. She has some internalized transphobia she copes with, but one might notice this has lessened a lot as the story has gone on (as her friends have been there for her, she has gained more confidence in herself). It's still a work in progress of course, but it's not the kind of thing that goes away overnight. And while I don't remember her apologizing for her being trans, Rain IS grateful to her friends for sticking by her.
Finally, with regards to your last point, I disagree with your assessment of the plot direction. This story arc revolves around coping with her trauma. This takes many forms. From her emotions towards her sister, to her emotions towards herself, to seeking escapism: some fun or material (like the earrings), and some tightening of bonds (like with Allison and Emily). How Rain and others view her with her new haircut is honestly just one part of the bigger story.
@Fussyfangs: I don't know what alternate universe you're from, but it must be terrible if that's what Rain is like over there.
That is all.