Sorry. Partly because I wanted this to be an "early post" that went up yesterday (delayed by last minute dialogue tweaks and life in general). And also sorry because according to comments on the last page, it seems a lot of people were expecting something fluffy today. But this one's pretty rough.
Getting to the subject matter though, while I don't think Rain would intentionally lie to Emily, is it possible that the baby did indeed influence Rain's attraction? While there are a lot of other reasons her feelings for Emily could be so strong, it is perhaps notable that Rain's crush didn't start until after she already knew about the baby. Not immediately after, mind you, but it's not necessarily easy to contest.
And then there's Emily. She's not asking this over some selfish idea like "I'm the mommy! Only me!" or something. Rather, she has a pretty bad complex about nobody caring about her (you know, so much so that she had that fake alpha girl persona so her mother and classmates would like her). And the thought that Rain might only love her because of the baby is a very plausible fear for her.
But is this the case at all?
For the record, they are not breaking up. And I worked really hard to make the dialogue read so that no one is the bad guy here (I'm hoping I achieved that). But their relationship has definitely entered a very awkward, uncomfortable stage (first time Rain's said "love" to her too, by the way), and they're still living together. Can they - and will they - recover?
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I personally don't think Emily being pregnant effects (affects?) the way Rain feels about her. Like she said they have gotten close but alot of that has been because they became close friends, Emily has become the one the Rain talks to first about things now. The baby just happens to play a small roll in things but I really don't think it is effecting the way Rain feels. I think Emily is just a little worried about another relationship going bad.
@00Stevo: it's affects.
Arguments and disagreements and serious discussions do not a relationship end. Working through them together can make the relationship stronger (yay).
@Sunflower 4666: Oh...I suck at wording things, All I really meant is that Emily is having thought about their Relationship and because of all the bad ones she's had she believes that Rain is only mostly with her because of the Baby.
Once again I suck at wording, and this is just my thought
99%+ of the time in common usage, the noun is "effect" and the verb is "affect".
There is a somewhat unusual use of "effect" as a verb and an even more unusual use of "affect" as a noun - however the relationship between their meanings in those usages and their meanings in the more common use is somewhere between weak and nonexistent. Look them up before trying to use them!
(It's possible to effect an affect - this is called "acting".)
Human aren't completely altruistic. Rain probably has selfish reasons, but those reasons don't make her feelings for Emily false. It is like saying you love a person for only their personality when part of your brain also finds their body attractive. Intentions don't matter; actions matter.
@TranshumanAr: That's a bit... naive, don't you think?
Not to indulge in Godwin's Law but...
Compare Stalin and Hitler
Stalin was simply evil. He enjoyed hurting people and was incredibly effective in doing so. He did't want to exterminate whole peoples for the same reason a rapist doesn't defile corpses. Death toll: 34-49 million (likely much higher)
By contrast, Hitler was a schizophrenic and bully. He hated Poles and Jews because he genuinely thought that they were a danger to Germany. While this does not excuse any of his actions, it explains most of it. Death toll: 11 million.
Objectively speaking, Stalin was much more evil than Hitler. He was willfully evil whereas Hitler had severe mental problems. But Hitler advanced an agenda of genocide. And no amount of statistics will change that.
Actions matter, but intentions qualify said actions.
There is no doubt in my mind that if Emily wasn't pregnant, she and Rain would not be together. The first really pivotal moment in their friendship came on New Year's Eve, when one scared, lonely, pregnant young woman sought out the company of the only person she thought there might be a chance of accepting her.
That's a bit of a cop-out, misleading answer. But it's also very true. Emily's pregnancy is rather central to her life at the moment. It's not something that can be extricated from who she is and looked at critically. Her question is unanswerable by definition. But at the same time, it's a very important question that I'm glad she addressed. The important thing is for her and Rain to consider it together.
On a slightly more humorous note, if anyone outside of the gang starts to cotton on to Emily and Rain's relationship, I think that the proper response is "I thought you were aware that girls cannot get other girls pregnant". Which I find amusing because a) Rain could (and did) easily have started dating Emily after she got pregnant, and b) Rain is (technically) capable of getting girls pregnant. Not that she has any desire to.
Rain is (technically) capable of getting girls pregnant. Not that she has any desire to.
FWIW, it's not uncommon for AMABs who are medically transitioning to bank some sperm in case they later want to be bioparents. Not unlike trans men who retain their reproductive organs and later on bear a child. It may not be exactly the way they wanted to create a baby, but for some, it's better than nothing.
@Arcanist Lupus: You are correct (to a very high probability) that they wouldn't be together if Emily wasn't pregnant. However, if Emily had felt similarly vulnerable and isolated over *something else*, and abandoned her "queen bee" persona to ask Rain and Fara for help, and then Rain had been similarly accepting of the situation, I think they would be together... the problem being, what else would affect Emily that way, to start things in motion?
Rain loves Emily, regardless of her pregnancy.
Just thought I'd say “Hi,” and tell you how much I like Rain. I only found it earlier this year and binge-read all 5+ years in a couple of days. The writing, I think, is excellent and the characters are really sweet but also real enough to care about. The art work seems to me to be perfect for the subject matter. You sort of apologized once for not having more backgrounds but I think it works just right by focusing attention on the characters and what they're saying instead of extraneous matters.
I'm a retired (not older than dirt but closing in on it) straight cis male. My only ... sort of ... connection to Rain's, and your, world is that I have been, from a young age, a transvestite. While I'm not trans myself, I've at least contemplated what it would be like to be a different gender than the one I was assigned. Unlike so many people of my generation, I find trans people to be quite normal, much more so than the people who hate them for no good reason.
I hope Rain continues for a long time and I wish you all the best in your own transition. And, while I fear for what it will be like for the gender non-conforming community after the last election, I hope people of good will join together to make a world where we all can be safe being who we are.
@CatPerson: I'm also a straight cis transvestite, but I'm a teen... I just wanted to say, you are a rare person to find. Generally, I find people around your age to be hurtful towards the LGBT+ community, and seeing someone who wouldn't is awesome... People like you are why I still respect older people. :)
Being pregnant may have played a part in that but it can't be the only reason. Even though it's what made Rain have a crush, it's because Emily reacted the way she did, that they could become so close and like each other. Why would we have to oppose the two facts (1) she is pregnant and (2) she is Emily. I'm not sure I would find the good words to tell Emily at that moment but that's a part of her to be pregnant and live her life according to this and the way she is. It doesn't mean everything else has no importance and is rejected right away.
Emily needs cuddles. Now.
I'm not sure I could distinguish between being there for Emily and being there for the baby. Certainly, the baby (once born) is going to be helpless and need the support of an extended family (whether or not genetically related.)
But Emily is pretty vulnerable and in need of support, too. (And supporting Emily _is_ supporting the baby.) And she's been supportive for Rain. It might be as much a matter of mutual support as of romantic moon-June love, but I'm not sure that's bad. After all, it's not lovey-dovey feelings that bind families together, it's the commitment and the trust that you can count on each other.
(And it's the _lack_ of that trust and commitment in my own bio-family that has always made me feel like I have no family, that I've always been an orphan.)
Ok, just spent the last 5 or so hours binging this comic. I'm tearing up and have a lot of mixed emotions. Just want to say this is one of my new favorite comics and I can't wait to keep going!
I read the whole rain series and I've never seen a comic this well written in a long time. The ways the writing reflects the different sexualitys and genders and how others can react is realistic and respectful. Though I am a straight male myself, I have always treated all people equally no matter who they want to love or who they want to be. This comic gave me a grater understanding of the diverse LGBT+ varietys while maintaning some fun and humor between some of the deep and serious tonee. It dosent hesitate to address the issues with the acceptance and treatment of people of all kinds. What you have created here is amazing, thank you, and keep up the good work!
I'd addressed on an earlier page, that Chapter 31 is planned to begin on Monday, and that we will have three posts next week and every week going forward. That hasn't changed. But I was originally going to whip up a Rain Delay for today at the very least... except I've been running a fever and have not really been feeling up to making one. So, small one day hiatus for just today. Sorry about that. ^^;
But no matter what, we will have a new page on February 6th. So look forward to that.
Take care for now, Rain Beaus.
@LittleLynn84: Hope you feel better soon.
Just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful world you have created. From the very begining I have loved each character. This comic helped me come to terms with who I am. So, thank you.
Get well soon!
...that belief that no-one would want to be with you just because you're a cool person and they love you - is at least part of the reason you're having the baby.