Play Alone

posted July 19th, 2017, 3:29 pm


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July 19th, 2017, 3:37 pm

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Very weird, random page that kinda jumps around a bit, but I rather like it.

In addition to the reveal of one of Chanel's sisters last time, today we get to see her mother too. Like the rest of Chanel's family, I don't see her mom being terribly important to the overall story, but with all the crappy parental figures in Rain, I think it's important to show that there are actually some parents out there that DON'T suck too. It's more elusive than it should be (both in the story and real life), unfortunately, but it happens. And it's always a breath of fresh air to hear about it. ^_^

I considered featuring an additional panel with her mom calling to Chanel that "her girlfriend is here" to really drive home that she's accepting. But upon further thought, I was worried about it reading as sarcastic or trying a little too hard. Maybe I'm just overthinking things, but I rather like her laid back, "not-a-big-deal" as is, so I'll leave it at that.

Small side note about Sofia dinosaur plushie (the Derpasaurus Rex) in panel four. It is only now that I see that panel in color that I'm noticing a resemblence to Yoshi. Much as I love Yoshi, I swear it's unintentional. It's really just supposed to be a derpy dinosaur. XD

We also get a small exchange regarding Rudy to explain his absence here. I guess he didn't tell anyone what he was doing today? Or at least not Maria? Hmm...

All the while, once Maria gets into Chanel's room, she begins tucking her hair behind her ears to show off her many earrings. I've actually been wanting to do this with her in an out-of-school scenario for a while, since she first revealed her earrings. Except I didn't do it in Chapter 28 for reasons I don't honestly remember. And then things have been very school-focused lately. So, it's been a long time coming for this fairly minor character touch, but I'm glad to finally do it.

Lots for me to talk about here, I guess. But what are you taking from it all?


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July 19th, 2017, 4:33 pm

Dzaka (Guest)

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finally a cool parent.. i love cool parents :3

also... first :D

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July 19th, 2017, 5:04 pm

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Ah! Im so curious about what's going to happen!
Especially because im a lesbian and i can't imagine being with someone who is asexual. I fully support all the ace's but i know we would have different expectation about our relationship and i would never ever want to make someone i care about uncomfortable. Sex is important part of a relationship for me (please don't start the hate but that is true, it's not the only thing but for many people it's still a huge part). We are of course all different and im not saying relationships like that are always going to split but mine definitely would.
I wonder how they manage to make that work. Communication is the key!

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July 19th, 2017, 8:15 pm

CatPerson (Guest)

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@Hachikou:

Out of curiosity, do you get a lot of hate for thinking sex is important? Are you insisting to people who think it's less important that they're wrong? (It doesn't sound like it but ...)

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July 19th, 2017, 8:55 pm

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@CatPerson: I don't get the sense that @Hachikou is speaking for anyone other than themself, but i do spend enough time reading "the ace discourse" on tumblr to know that there are people that give you hate for things like this.

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July 19th, 2017, 9:37 pm

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@freyja:
Thank You. I really didn't mean to offend anyone. Im really sex positive and would never shame anyone for wanting to have sex and/or not. All that matters for me is the consent and communication with your partner.But you are right about the tumblr hate. Despite everything i really like this website because i could express myself in queer culture in a ways i couldn't anywhere else and im grateful for that. But as you know about "the ace discourse" on tumblr well... Do i have to add anything? Once i saw a discussion about not wanting to date ace person just because you can't have sex with them and it matters to you makes you a shitty and worthless person. So yeah. Not cool

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July 21st, 2017, 2:32 am

Haldo (Guest)

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Ace Disk Horse is an unmitigated dumpster fire on all sides

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July 19th, 2017, 9:32 pm

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@CatPerson: Oh no, no. Sorry love i didn't mean to make you feel that way.That was not my intention. Im really just speaking for myself that for ME sex is really important in a relationship. But i don't believe it should define anyone worthiness. We should never shame people for having and not having sex. Not wanting to have sex is just as valid

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July 19th, 2017, 8:54 pm

Broken.intersexed.lolita (Guest)

Ace x lesbian relations

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@Hachikou: unfortunatly due to what you stated about sex being important for some ace non ace relations often fail. My ex and i tried making agreements for when we would be intimate but i never let her touch me this took its toll maria and nelly are in high school though and likely both virgins i think just a lot of making out is on maria's mind now

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July 20th, 2017, 10:45 pm

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Not all aces are sex-repulsed. Many aces do have sex and do in fact enjoy it. Sexual attraction =/= sexual action. Sex-positive aces are just as common as sex-repulsed and sex-neutral aces. And then there are gray-aces who can sometimes experience sexual attraction (from very rarely and randomly experiencing it to experiencing it only after a bond has been formed (aka demisexual)), there are many ways to be gray-ace. I'm not arguing with you, I just wanted to put that in there cause so many people forget this.

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July 19th, 2017, 5:06 pm

Bandana_girl

What is she thinking?

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Doesn't Maria remember that Nelly is ace? Or is this chapter just going to be a bunch of boundaries being pushed?

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July 19th, 2017, 5:10 pm

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@Bandana_girl:
Maybe some people that are ace can still enjoy sex. Like yes, some might be sex repulsed but some may not feel any sexual attraction but still enjoy a psychical act? Just like with masturbation? Im really not sure but i guess we'll see. Im sure Maria will never do anything that she doesn't want. And will never force anything on her. But still i wonder how is it going to work out?

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July 19th, 2017, 6:53 pm

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@Hachikou: I may have just binged a bit too much of Wildflowers in the past couple of days and am seeing everything a bit too darkly.

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July 19th, 2017, 11:16 pm

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@Hachikou: I can confirm there's both sex repulsed and sex positive aces and you've got the basics right... there's also negative (similar to repulsed except they may still have sex for specific reasons and only when they feel safe) and neutral (they don't care for it but will often to appease a partner willingly)... and plenty others but those are the basic groups.
Basically if you're dating an ace and they're any but repulsed you should talk about it especially if it's important to you, you need to understand their boundaries. Proper Communication will also prevent emotional distress when the subject arises and can strengthen your relationship.

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July 19th, 2017, 8:53 pm

freyja (Guest)

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@Bandana_girl: I don't think it necessarily will result in boundaries being pushed or, @Hachikou, necessitate Nelly being comfortable or interested in making out/sex/etc. My girlfriend and I are both ace and I think that we would both find it funny if a younger sibling asked if we were going to "play alone."
However, I will concede that the sly grin could indicate an interest from Maria to have a conversation about boundaries and see what Nelly's interests are. From a meta perspective, ending with "what do you think is going to happen" rarely indicates that nothing is going to happen.

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July 19th, 2017, 5:09 pm

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Don't worry Maria I was making the same "play" joke

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July 19th, 2017, 6:37 pm

Natalie (Guest)

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Fara counts as a supportive parental figure! #bestmom2017

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July 19th, 2017, 8:33 pm

CatPerson (Guest)

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@Natalie:

Ky's sister Heather, while not perfect, does not significantly interfere in Ky's gender reality and, as was recently revealed, saved Ky from their mother ("one of the worst - if not THE worst - parental figure in the story" ... LittleLynn's description).

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July 19th, 2017, 6:55 pm

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Ten bucks says that Rudy's doing something he should absolutely not be doing at the moment.

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July 19th, 2017, 9:03 pm

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Its cosplay isnt it

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July 19th, 2017, 9:28 pm

TranshumanAr (Guest)

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I doubt we will get to see Maria and Chanel "playing". Also, I hope Rudy changes before returning to his home.

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July 19th, 2017, 11:18 pm

Ohlookitsdany (Guest)

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I think Rudy might totally be an egg. And I love it.

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July 21st, 2017, 9:40 am

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Egg?

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July 20th, 2017, 12:47 am

plasticwrap

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"I guess we'll just have to 'play' alone." [Cue sitcom "hot kiss" woooo track]
"Just what do you think is going to happen?" [Cue abrupt laugh track]
Just then Kramer bursts through the door, "Oh, sorry. Wrong door. Hey, you two would happen to be lez-"
"Get out!"
"Get out!"

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