Over six years and eight-hundred pages later, it finally happens! Is it worth it? You betcha! But it's a very anticlimactic moment. XD
I mean, apart from getting that thing you may have wanted your whole life, hormones DO take a while to do anything substantial. It's exciting because it's a huge personal milestone. But it's also boring because the rest of your day is probably otherwise like any other. Personally, I waited until the next morning to start. My wife had already gone to work, so I ate a bowl of cereal and watched YouTube when I took it (Game Grumps playing Monopoly, if I recall), and went on to draw for the rest of the day. It was a memorable moment, but not really anything special just yet.
Not that that's necessarily a bad thing though. ^_^
Fun Raindom Fact: I strongly considered naming this page "The End". Why? I'm sure I've mentioned this a hundred times by now, but when I started the comic, I wasn't on hormones yet. So I almost wasn't going to have Rain begin her medical transition in the story, for fear that my inexperience would lead to bad writing and misinformation. And originally, the final page of the story was going to have Rain take her first dose with more or less this exact dialogue (though the chapter otherwise would've been quite different). Obviously, there's a lot unresolved right now, so it's not actually the end.
Anyway, I started hormones over four years ago, and I've since gained the firsthand experience to be able to talk about it, and I decided back then I wanted to cover it. So obviously, the story couldn't end there. For what it's worth, this did NOT necessarily make the story longer. This page just would've come later on rather than on this date. Surely, there would still be unresolved character arcs and prom coming up at this time either way. I was just able to bump this scene up so as to make it no longer the ending. Now the ending is completely different, and the final page has changed many times since then. But I like where I'm currently going now; it's just a matter of getting there. ^_^
Coming full circle, I did not name this page "The End". It's not the end of story. It's not even the end of the chapter. I thought it might be funny to make the reference to this being the old ending, but I know not everyone reads my blurbs, and I feared some might actually believe I was just going to awkwardly and unexpectedly drop off the story here. Considering how many unfinished webcomics are out there, it wouldn't be without precedent either. So as much as I wanted to do it, I think it might've caused more problems than laughs.
Maybe if I were posting this on April Fools Day, but this is basically the Christmas post, so I should try to be good. So come join us again next Wednesday for the natural progression of the story as I would've done anyway. XD
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Anticlimactic or not, this is a wonderful moment. I'm going to go fangirl and be proud of someone who doesn't even exist now. Ok? Ok.
*let me just add here the last panel is just... <3
This is exactly how I felt when I started a little over a year ago. I spent a good hour just looking at my pills just kinda blank. Even now I don't know what kept me from taking them right away, and I felt no different after taking them it was just... that.
Life is the biggest story we can follow, and the beginning and end aren't clear. Of course this could have been the end of Rain years ago, but after many things that have happened in the story, this has become more than just Rain's "hero's journey"; this is the story of her and Emily, the story of Maria and Chanel, Fara and Vincent, Gavin, Rudy, Anastacia, Ky(lie), Drew, Heather, Jessica, Aiken, and even everyone's most hated character, Kellen. Happy Holidays!
YEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!! IT'S FINALLY HAPPENED!!!!!!!! <3 YAAAAAAAAAYYYYY <3
I'm so happy for her :). She just looks so happy, and I just wanna hug her.
Hi! Is there any way to contact you other than the comments section? I have a few questions I'd like to ask... or should i just ask them here?
I think the first time I was disappointed nothing happened right off. It takes time and it also took time for my body to adjust to this new thing in my body as they are not like the natural thing as much. My body is androgen insensitive but it often made to much testosterone and then converts it to estrogen so I was not completely with out it. At times I had so much estrogen in my system naturally I was mentally just like a normal female with out the pills even. But over time I saw changes with the blockers and more Estrogen in time. I got more curves to my body and my breasts were fuller and I was mentally more like a normal female to. Being Intersex I was kind stuck in between and it depressed me greatly. I was so happy and felt like a normal girl though I still had male like parts that were very small. I could finally at least pass as a normal girl my age back then in my early teens. It took time but that was the happiest time in my life I ever had. Not that I never liked being a boy. I was always the tomboy sort. But my body being partly male I hated very much. I dressed and lived the male part but never was that I felt. Always in my mind I was a girl. :P
You waited until the next day to take your first hormone dose? You are far more patient than I am! My first estrogen pills were taken in the pharmacy parking lot!
And no, nothing happens right away, but give it a year...
My appointment was fairly late in the day, and my doctor mentioned how the Spiro in particular will make me have to use the bathroom a lot. So she suggested starting in the morning to avoid waking up in the middle of the night for it. I don't know if that's really that's such a big issue, but I've been taking my hormones in the morning since the beginning and still do. I'm really neurotic like that. XD
Ah fuck Rain's hardcore just swallowing them down like that! No water or anything, Dr House over here :P
In fairness, the Estrogen dissolves under the tongue.
In hindsight, I probably should've included a glass of water for the Spiro. XD
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and all around happy holidays to everyone. Whatever you celebrate (or don't), have a good one. :)
Omigod CUTE ADORABLE CRYING RAIN. SO SNUGGABLE KAWAII DESUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Fire the doves!
Heya, Rainbeaus. Especially beautiful page today, Lynn! I love everything you're doing here so much.
I just wanted to leave a comment at the close of Cristmas Day here in California to say Happy Holidays to all of you out there, no matter how you celebrate the winter season! Stay safe out there, and have a good end to 2016!
@Alex Zander: Unfortunately, i anticipate a bad beginning to 2017.