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April 11th, 2018, 7:53 am

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One long stormy night eventually brings the next day. We don't know all of what transpired, of course, but we're slowly learning the aftermath. And boy, what a mess! Maria's not in school. Chanel's not in school (and actually injured). Todd IS in school.

On the plus side, Rain takes a moment to check up on Chanel between classes like the good friend she is. Much is discussed, but what is your main takeaway here?


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April 11th, 2018, 8:51 am

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I actually can't help but wonder if Todd is just a really misunderstood guy. :/ I know how is from the pages I have read but maybe he doesn't know any better than that? I'm glad Chanel is alright tho. (And I hope that school is going to pay under lawers.)

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April 11th, 2018, 9:22 am

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@NikuComics: As much as I think otherwise (Opinion wise), that is a good question.

I've been curious about his home life for a while now.

People don't just become evil. There's gotta be a reason for Todd's douchery.

Though, still not an excuse for the shit he pulled though.

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April 11th, 2018, 10:16 am

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While I agree that he should really better himself, I do remember a page where it were mentioned that his father abused woman. So if Todd have seen his father abuse women, he will do the same simply because that is what he have learned. It hit me the other day that he might actually not know how to approach women other ways. And because he only know the abusive way, he would become abusive himself. I really think Todd just need a helping hand honestly. Hmmm

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April 11th, 2018, 10:52 am

LittleLynn84

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@NikuComics:

Wait, really? Do you recall what page you're thinking of, because I don't honestly remember ever mentioning Todd's family.

Maybe you're thinking of someone else? Rain's father was described as being abusive.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2540922/abuse/

And I mentioned Ana and Chanel being on the receiving end from peers before.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1902373/good-call/
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1964308/joy-vs-pain/

But I don't feel like I would've talked about Todd's family thus far.

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April 11th, 2018, 2:13 pm

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@LittleLynn84:

You didn't say Todd's parents were abusive if I remember correctly.

This probably is not the case, but it may have been that Niku was looking at comments and found a comment of mine having a theory that Todd's father was abusing his wife and the fact that she never left gave Todd such a black-and-white outlook that Women like to be abused. I only got that vibe from the way he was asking out Chanel and some of the other girls.

I DO remember typing up a comment like that. Though, I don't remember saying that there was concrete proof. Only that it was a theory or a prediction.

And I only ever based THAT theory on the fact that (If I remember correctly) Todd's parents were never mentioned, so we had no clue on his home life or his upbringings. Plus, Todd's rather forceful vibe i got off his attempts to ask out the female students to the dance and the way he kept getting more and more frustrated just tells me he was expecting.....something different.

And Arthur did say that Todd was a troubled kid. that lead me to question how his home-life really is.

Using that information, I ask myself.

Why is Todd the way he is? What made him expect something different from the way he kept asking the female students to the dance? How is his father around his wife? And If his parents weren't home and someone's been acting as his guardian, how is he around women?

If Todd got advice from someone telling him to act like that, it's pretty clear he got some bad advice. I'm not even the expert on the art of socializing let alone the art of romance but i'm pretty sure if I said some of the stuff he said to anyone I was asking out, it'd be a good way to get people to want to kick my ass.

I may have just been looking too deep into it and I could be wrong about the whole thing. That's just what I got from what was already there.

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April 11th, 2018, 4:52 pm

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@Climaxstriker:

I'm of the type that I just fail to care, really--at least at the moment. Right now, Todd is acting dangerously, has proven himself to be a menace to those around him, and needs to be removed. The 'whys' can come later.

Not only that, but what he's doing doesn't even strike me as anomalous. Society itself at best excuses behavior like his and at worst actively encourages it. Todd could literally be the guy next door to me.

His actions are dangerous, and he needs to be removed from where he can hurt people, period. After that's done, then maybe he can be entered into therapy where he may unlearn his terrible views-- but that's going to take YEARS. One or two slaps on the wrist isn't going to undo years and years of conditioning that told him that behavior like this is acceptable.

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April 11th, 2018, 2:25 pm

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I honestly don't remember but I might have made it up in my head from other sources like the pages you pointed out. xD

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April 11th, 2018, 5:57 pm

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@Climaxstriker:
Not from what I've observed. Most of the time, sure. But there are quite a few people who are the absolute scum of the earth socially speaking but have absolutely angelic parents and siblings. This town is buried in them.

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April 11th, 2018, 9:50 pm

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@Guest: That is a totally valid theory.

As for the others saying it's not a valid excuse, you are absolutely right. It isn't.

It doesn't matter what tragic backstory Todd has that can justify what he does. He's still choosing to be an asshole on his own will.

Am I curious why Todd is such an asshole in the first place? Yes.

Will the answer to that question redeem him in anyway? Fuck No! Absolutely not!

He's still a misogynistic homophobic hateful little bastard of an asshole who deserved every punch Maria would've given him had she not held back as I hear the words "ONE PUUUUUNCH" (blame one punch man for me hearing "One punch" every time I see a punch happening) every time she punches Todd.......So basically a near endless repeat of "ONE PUU-ONE PU- ONE PU- ONE PUUUU- ONE PUUUNCH!"

All and all, he's still a dangerous prick for any woman to be around, tragic backstory or no tragic backstory.

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April 11th, 2018, 12:48 pm

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@NikuComics: I don't think so. Some people are just evil without any reason. Even if the parents raised him to be like that, he has shown no remorse at all for his actions that he takes when his parents aren't around.
And whatever tragic backstory he may have doesn't justify anything he's done at any point in this comic, nor could it ever make me sympathize with him. Todd is an ass, through and through.

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April 11th, 2018, 12:51 pm

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@TallMist: Seconded! It can be difficult overcoming an abusive upbringing, but that does not excuse abusing other people.

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April 11th, 2018, 9:11 am

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The main takeaway for me is that things are going to get rather hairy for the school and for Norman.

I think it'll get hairy for the school because Quenton expelled Maria for trying to punch a little shit who, let's just face it, had a punch coming since day one. First offense and everything too. Todd is IN the school, so it's likely that Quenton either doesn't know about Todd or doesn't care about him or actually encourages the little shit to act the way he does. Chanel mentioned lawyers so it's pretty damn likely lawsuit will happen.

I think it'll get hairy for Norman because since Maria played such a huge part, I imagine they'll want her side on things. But nobody knows where she is. Since she ran away. One will have to wonder why she's gone in the first place. Which is pretty much the reason Norman's been desperately trying to get her back. Not out of some fatherly duty but to cover his own ass. The conversion camps will have to come up at some point since it's the main reason she ran away to begin with....and Norman knows it. The school may be wretched hive of scum and bigotry but that doesn't mean the law is.

But that's just me.

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April 11th, 2018, 10:28 am

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@Climaxstriker:

I'd say doesn't care. It's implied multiple times that the staff knows about Todd bullying and beating up Rudy, but most turn a blind eye to it.

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April 11th, 2018, 9:11 am

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I can think of two possibilities for why Todd gets away with so much crap.

1. Father Quenton is family (maybe an uncle?)

2. Todd's parents are major donors to the school (keep the money happy to keep the money coming)

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April 11th, 2018, 12:55 pm

Microrapter (Guest)

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@The Aussie Bloke: 3: Todd focuses his bullying on students suspected or known to be on the LGBT spectrum and the teachers willingly turn a blind eye to it as a result.

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April 11th, 2018, 9:13 am

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But the real question is, will Maria's parents back her up? Nellie needs that backup, and kids just aren't trusted enough to be considered a witness for court(not legally, but nobody takes them seriously)

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April 11th, 2018, 10:32 am

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@IMGAYASHELL:

Actually, it depends on the state. Some states consider kids as young as 14 to be legal reliable witnesses.

But I think it's been stated that Maria is 18 now? In which case, she can be witness whether her parents back her or not.

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April 11th, 2018, 12:46 pm

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Wait. Todd is the one that caused physical harm to someone, enough to bruise her, and Maria is the one that was getting in trouble? I really, REALLY hope Chanel's parent's lawyers take this school down. It's causing nothing but trouble for everyone there.

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April 11th, 2018, 1:14 pm

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Something must be down about bullying in schools. It was a problem in my days as a teenager, and it is problem now. The worse part is that some bullies and other predators are protected by schools and the communities of those schools because of some heteronormative macho bullshit. "You are queer? Don't complain. You are handicapped? Don't complain. You are an immigrant? Don't complain. You are sexually harrased? Don't complain. You are the football star that evil media is painting as a villain? WE MUST PROTECT YOU AND OUR MONEY!!!!"

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April 11th, 2018, 1:24 pm

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Ugh...

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Welp yet another excellent page from lovely miss LittleLynn84 but sooo much to discuss
1. I think Blair may be hiding Maria to help out Emily and something is telling me the boy may be studying law {I don't know why} so there's that.

2.Poor Chanel though I'm glad she's got a descent family who's willing to give two-shits about her well being though this does make me worry about the impending prom since Mrs. Samara is/was taking votes on prom king/queen I assume there is going to be a prom arc one way or another.

3. Todd... Part of me still low key ships this ass with Rudy once he gets over his issues, but he really should have been kicked out of school seeing as Chanel's arm is freaking proof of his violence towards others and if Maria got expelled for almost hitting him he most definitely should have gotten an expulsion for physically harassing Chanel! But as THE AUSSIE BLOKE pointed out {and as I said myself last chapter} Todd is almost guaranteed to get away scott-free due to being the Nathan Prescott of this school I just hope Karma comes and bites his ass HARD. I also hope that we one day get to see into Todd's background as many have pointed out this is a Slice-of-Life meaning characters that are just evil for evil's sake shouldn't really happen {*coughRain'sDadcough*} and their should {eventually} be a reasoning behind all their actions {like domestic abuse, or underlying feelings, hell even schizophrenia}, but this is Lynn's story she can do whatever she damn well pleases.

Well that's all I have to spit out for now Friday can't come soon enough :(

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April 11th, 2018, 4:31 pm

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I'm really hoping that Father Quenton gets fired. There's no way that expulsion would be acceptable punishment for hitting one person once, much less never actually hitting them, so expelling Maria was technically illegal.

Once the superintendent finds out (which'll be soon if Chanel's parents have anything to say about it), I doubt they'll go easy on him, especially since he completely ignored Maria AND Mr. Feltman when they told him about Todd.

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April 11th, 2018, 5:34 pm

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@Insert Name Here:

St. Hallvard is a private, Catholic school. In my state at least they wouldn't have to have a good reason to remove a student, since there is still the public option.

While I can't speak for every state, I would say it's probably a good bet that if anyone tries to approach this from Maria's angle Father Quentin will simply pull the Religion card and no court will touch it.

The issue they can't hide behind is that a student who is a known bully, and who has been going around school verbally assaulting and abusing literally every person presenting female, physically assaulted another student for not responding to said abuse and he wasn't even reprimanded.

There is a case that Todd should have been removed a long time ago. Not to mention now one student feels unsafe to go to school and another has run away in part due to punishment unbefitting her transgression. Maria really is the least important part here for the school.

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April 11th, 2018, 6:10 pm

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Is it just me, or is the public school starting to seem like they might get a large influx of students and maybe a new art teacher?

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April 11th, 2018, 7:16 pm

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Where's Maria?

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I'm like 98% sure now that Maria is staying at Emily's house. Her mom is still away and Emily's number won't be in Maria's phone.

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April 11th, 2018, 8:41 pm

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@Tehto: I'm 99% sure she's actually at Blair's :P

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April 12th, 2018, 8:53 am

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@Tehto: There is evidence to suggest Maria does have Emily's number: http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2577864/circle/

Lots of people seem to be sure it's Blair, and that was my first thought too, but I'm starting to wonder if it could be a red herring (it makes sense either way, but Blair turning up just before Maria running away does seem a little convenient. Although the guy could just have impeccable timing. I just refuse to be certain until we're shown one way or another.)

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April 11th, 2018, 10:11 pm

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Can I just comment on Rain's hair in panel 4?

On point! I really think your drawing style is working great for Rain's short hair. Coming from a short haired trans girl, nice work!

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April 12th, 2018, 7:50 pm

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Don't you think the news station would have caught wind by now? Especially considering the potential lawsuit, they'll be on their way.

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April 13th, 2018, 7:14 am

Willowstream646 (Guest)

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Omg I just thought of something!! Maria could go stay with Aiken and Kellen!!! Emily has met them, she might have considered it!

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April 13th, 2018, 9:29 am

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im so excited fir today's update!!! :D

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April 13th, 2018, 9:40 am

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She may have sent Maria to stay with her ex they just got back to talking and it’s a place no one would look

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April 14th, 2018, 2:13 pm

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I am 150% grateful that Chanel's parents are actually sane and reasonable unlike so many adults in these kid's lives.

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May 10th, 2018, 6:48 pm

Guest (Guest)

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I just notice Chanel is really cute in the third panel.

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