Caught!

posted May 14th, 2018, 9:38 am


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May 14th, 2018, 9:49 am

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Today, we catch back up on Maria's escape (on her own now and actually escaping). I would imagine trying to not be spotted while walking down an empty hallway would be pretty stressful. Besides not having cover, those footsteps are gonna be pretty noisy. And if someone (like the very faculty you're trying to evade) starts coming around the corner you're heading towards while you're in the middle of the hall? What then?

So when Maria encounters gym teacher, Mrs. Parker, there's that moment of panic. Buuuuuut... it's not like every member of the faculty knows what's going on. And just as soon as the situation gets tense, it deflates again. Is that all there is to it though? I mean, even if Mrs. Parker is unaware of the situation now, she's now seen Maria on her path to escape. Hmm...


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May 14th, 2018, 10:04 am

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Mrs. Parker is so nice. I wonder how she’ll react when she realized she was lied to and Maria was expelled.

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May 14th, 2018, 12:47 pm

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You got first. No fair. I was on an airplane

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May 14th, 2018, 11:48 am

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@LittleLynn84:

Not to deflate the drama or anything ... Maria is 18 years old. As an adult, the school had no right to try to detain her until her parents arrived. Indeed, if the school tried to physically restrain her, that would be "unlawful restraint," akin to kidnapping, and she could sue the school for it.

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May 14th, 2018, 4:11 pm

Kalciphoz (Guest)

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@CatPerson: She could sue the school, provided she still had her freedom. If she was being unlawfully detained by the parents and then by a conversion camp, she might not be able to get in touch with lawyers.

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May 15th, 2018, 12:56 am

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@Kalciphoz:

Quite true but not only restraining her but transporting her against her will to some other location to make it harder for her to free herself goes beyond a mere civil action and she could justifiably seek to have all involved prosecuted for the crime of kidnapping.

Despite your rights, you can always be victimized by a crime. The consequences for the perpetrators increase dramatically [pun intended] too.

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May 15th, 2018, 2:58 am

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@CatPerson: But would Maria even have the resources to sue? Hell, would she even think that being eighteen means she's free to do as she wishes without having to defer to the (older) adults? Simply reaching past the age barrier doesn't mean you have the frame of mind to consider those sorts of thoughts (I think that's probably especially true if you're still in school and surrounded by people who don't have those options). After all, the past month Maria has had as an eighteen year old isn't going to eclipse the lifetime she's had without those privileges - and that's not forgetting that even if it did occur to her, she still isn't in a good position to sue anyone right now (suing someone is *always* a risk and Maria is unlikely to have the money to support herself right now, let alone get involved in any kind of lawsuit where it can be avoided).

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May 15th, 2018, 1:17 pm

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@Minim:

Yes, of course. It's not enough to have rights, you have to know you have them, be prepared for the consequences of asserting them and have the courage to go forward even though everything in your life may change if you do assert them. And suddenly having to support yourself on your own is certainly extremely scary. On the other hand, given her situation at home, it's quite likely Maria has at least thought about the possibility.

As to the resources to sue, there are any number of organizations that will help young LGBT people fight against conversion "therapy" and other abuses. Also, if the prospects of winning a money judgment are reasonably good, private attorneys will take a case on what is known as a "contingency fee," where they are paid out of the judgment only if the case is won.

I'm not saying any of these are the best option or what anyone in Maria's situation should do, I was just pointing out some of the possibilities given her situation and the law.

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May 15th, 2018, 5:50 am

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@CatPerson: awww come on dont be a party pooper and anyway this is just good old webcomic logic

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May 15th, 2018, 1:25 pm

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@LOVESIT:

I said I didn't want to deflate any drama and I'm not sure it would if Maria was to finally stand up to the school, Father Quenton and her parents and tell them just what to do with their attempts to control her and Rudy's lives.

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May 15th, 2018, 7:27 am

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@CatPerson: You're completely right, Catperson. The school doesn't really have the right to hold her there if she doesn't want to. She's a legal adult now.

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May 14th, 2018, 11:49 am

TranshumanAr (Guest)

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So Maria is waiting out for RAIN? Badum tiss.

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May 14th, 2018, 12:46 pm

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That’s amazing! Nice reply. I would have said “I was sick or something so I was going to bike home”

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May 14th, 2018, 2:50 pm

Pyro (Guest)

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I fell like Mrs. Parker would cover for Maria once she learns the truth about the situation.

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May 14th, 2018, 4:32 pm

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@Pyro: Yeah I could totally see Mrs. Parker hearing about what happened and be like:
"Did I see any students after school yesterday? I'm sure I did, I don't really remember who, though. ... A what? Oh, I think I saw an impromptu sandbag wall on my way home. The rain was pretty heavy. ... Oh Maria? You shouldn't call her names like that Father Quinton."

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May 15th, 2018, 5:51 am

aussiechild (Guest)

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@Pyro: ya me too

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May 14th, 2018, 8:45 pm

Haldo (Guest)

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You scared me with that page title lol

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May 15th, 2018, 2:58 am

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@Haldo: I think that's the point. I admit I was scared by that one too ;)

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May 15th, 2018, 5:29 am

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That's what you get for skipping the ninja classes.

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May 15th, 2018, 11:33 am

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Oooooh no. I just realized a disturbing possibility.

So.....OK.

It's very possible that we may see Marcus....Same Marcus that abused his family emotionally and physically. Rain's total scumbag father and evil incarnate that rivals the likes of Father Quenton.....THAAAAT Marcus.

He's a lawyer according to the dirt i dug up on him.

I bring this up because Chanel's parents are filing a lawsuit against the school. Naturally, the school will want to hire lawyers to defend them against such lawsuits.

Marcus seems like the kind of anti-lgbt scumbag who'd sign up for that.

Which is really bad because he doesn't know about Rain. Only about a "Son named Ryan".

If he finds out about a "daughter named Rain" He'll most likely out her.

And Another thing about Marcus I want to bring to the table.........I think he abandoned his family for another woman.

My only source for that is that back during a page where Vincent was having that flashback to his talk with Kellen, when he brought up how she might not inherently be transphobic and that she might be the way she is because her father abandoned them. But Kellen disproved it because nobody cried for him.

I think he was partially right on the money.

Kellen treats Rain's trans identity as "Rain taking her baby brother away" and Jessica as "Taking Aiken away"

What if the criteria for such irrational unacceptance is, instead of "women who take male family members away", it is "Women who take family members away?" Change the criteria a wee bit, everything changes.

What if, instead of her missing her father, she blames the other woman that Marcus was seeing on the side for her mother's death. One might connect their grief towards their mother's death and the anger they feel for their father abandoning the family, to the woman that the father left the mother for.

Marcus already abandoned his family at a crucial point along with physically and emotionally abusing his family. Soooo the idea that he was seeing another woman on the side and left them altogether when it became clear she wasn't gonna make it doesn't sound like that big of a stretch to me.

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May 15th, 2018, 12:33 pm

TranshumanAr (Guest)

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@Climaxstriker: DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to rethink many things.

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May 15th, 2018, 6:33 pm

Haldo (Guest)

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THAT’S TERRIFYING

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May 16th, 2018, 2:23 am

Minim

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@Climaxstriker: Wow that is a terrifying possibility. I hope that doesn't happen but I could see it happening. (I guess though that even if the school did hire Marcus Flaherty as a lawyer that's no guarantee he'll even think of Rain at all whilst he's around? But even just seeing his faaaaace could pour salt into Rain's wounds. And of course there has to be loads of conflict for the characters to get through - it wouldn't be a good story otherwise!)

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May 16th, 2018, 1:16 pm

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This is a terrifying possibility. While I want them all to be happy and safe, that would make for an awesome twist! Good analysis, I would not have thought of that on my own. Do you know what page it mentions Marcus is a lawyer?

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May 17th, 2018, 1:40 pm

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@Guest:

First prologue page, Aiken says "I want to be a lawyer, like dad"

I saw the wiki page on him, looked at the first prologue and thought "Oh shit, the school could hire an asshole like that. Anti-LGBT school, Anti-LGBT douchebag, defending that school seems like the perfect job for him"

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May 16th, 2018, 8:19 am

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i feel like mrs parker will pass by the main office and quenton will ask if she's seen maria. he'll either tell her maria was expelled and ask if she saw her, and parker will keep her lips tight. or he won't mention the expulsion and parker will accidentally tell him.

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May 16th, 2018, 12:39 pm

Genderfluid_Phoenix (Guest)

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CLIFFHANGER!!! I can't wait for more rain!!!!!

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May 16th, 2018, 12:54 pm

Guest (Guest)

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That’s a great username!

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May 18th, 2018, 11:39 am

Genderfluid_Phoenix (Guest)

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@Guest: Hey thanks!

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