Before you get on me about changing scenes, consider that even if the focus had remained on Kellen herself, Vincent's questions would still be unanswered. I don't know if that makes it easier to swallow or not, but it's the truth. There were no plans to have her answer just yet. It wouldn't make sense if she did. I promise we will learn more about this soon, and it won't be as drawn out as some other developments, but we're just not ready to talk about this in full yet. More setup is needed to make this work; trust me on this one.
So let's focus on the flashback we've never seen here. There was a time skip of a couple weeks in the last chapter, so we can probably safely assume it happens sometime in there. But more importantly, this is the first time we're seeing Rain talk about Kellen since the falling out. As I said, it's only been a couple weeks in canon since Rain visited her sister, and she - needless to say - hasn't forgiven her. But instead of getting angry and yelling "how dare you utter her name in my presence" or anything like that, Rain offers a more cold, passive-aggressive reply. While it's not at all surprising that she IS mad, the "way" she's mad is taking even Fara off guard.
What about you? Is this surprising? Did you expect something more volatile, or is seething about what you imagined? With what we see here, do you think Rain will keep her word and not speak to Kellen again? Do you think it will matter to her if Kellen reforms, or is it too late? And if it doesn't matter either way, is it worth Vincent's time to keep trying to reach Kellen?
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It's certainly surprising to see Rain this way - she has every right to be cold, after what Kellen did to her, but it's so different from what we've seen from her before, even when she was angry.
No matter what happens with Kellen and Rain, though (my sappy tendencies have me hoping it isn't too late for reconciliation, but I wouldn't be shocked if it was), it is definitely worth Vincent's time to keep trying to reach Kellen. Even if Kellen and Rain don't speak again, Kellen may very well meet other trans people in her life, and if Vincent can get Kellen to be less transphobic, it will certainly make life easier for them (and it might be cathartic for Rain as well, even if she never forgives Kellen or lets Kellen know it).
...Vincent, what are you doing? This is already way, way more than you should be saying to Tara...
Well, this page answers a question that had been bugging me since the first one with Kellen talking with Vincent. What about HIPA??? How could Vincent be talking so freely about Rain's hormone therapy and transition. Of course, the flashback here answers that.
I definitely thing Vincent should continue with Kellen for as long as Kellen needs. There's almost always hope for a person to become more accepting of others, given sufficient motivation. And coming to the realization that you may have caused a permanent and insurmountable rift in your relationship with two of your only remaining family members might just be enough.
But then, Rain does not HAVE to accept her back even with a complete turnaround on Kellen's part. She hurt Rain, a LOT, at time when she was very vulnerable as she had just come out to her. That betrayal cuts deep. Plus it came on the heels of Aiken beginning to turn around, which is something that would have given Rain some hope for Kellen.
Assuming that Kellen does begin to have some compassion, understanding and acceptance of Rain, WILL Rain let her back into her life? I would like to think that it's likely that she would. Rain is a very sweet, compassionate and caring person. I think that her heart is capable of accepting Kellen back. However, the hair-cutting incident may continue to be a point of friction between them.
However, Rain's reaction in the flashback does not bode well for a quick or easy reconciliation. I can't recall ever seeing Rain carrying her anger this long. Even when Aiken reacted so negatively at Christmas, Rain was hurt, but I don't think she was that angry. And she certainly didn't stay angry at Rudy after the Halloween party. Rain has a big heart, but a great deal, their entire relationship, depends on Kellen making HUGE changes in her attitude. Kellen is going to have to work very, very hard to mend this rift.
I'm not surprised in the slightest that Rain is acting this way and she has every right to be.
I don't find Rain's reaction surprising.
But I tend to react to being mistreated the same way. I grew up being made fun of when I expressed anger, like, you're just a silly helpless kid, we don't have to take your feelings seriously. I subscribed to the motto, don't get mad, get even, and stubbornness was the only power I had.
I'm somewhat very intrigued to see what will come from Kellen since I'm in a very simillar situation with my mother.
Also omg Lynn, thank you so, so much for sharing the link here ;A;
There is no good effort that is wasted, only ungrateful jerks. Rain has the right to be angry, but Vincent has also the right to try to be helpful.
Well, if I'd been treated the way Kellen treated Rain by someone that close to me and then one day that someone reformed, I would feel a huge relief, like an enormous weight had been lifted off me. But at the same time I wouldn't fully trust that person again... I would be wary, wondering if they'll ever hurt me again. But I *would* try to talk - carefully but persistently - and make sure that never happens again.