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posted March 1st, 2019, 8:56 am


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March 1st, 2019, 8:56 am

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Today, we have Ky and Drew enter the scene. And while I'm definitely going to be avoiding two-pagers for the most part through this chapter, this one really needed it, I felt. Nowhere felt like a good place to cut off. So for now, enjoy this one.

But there's a lot to talk about regarding these two. Firstly, it was up in the air regarding whether or not Drew would even attend prom. He was worried about how things would look to his classmates if he showed up to prom with another boy, tux and all, and the chance of Ky being in boy mode tonight was always a possibility. All that said, of course he was going to attend. This is getting a little meta, but the whole point of this chapter is that I wanted everyone there. So, just as Ky describes, they assumed they were in girl mode and figured it couldn't hurt to invite Drew after all at this point.

Of course, now we see Ky in a dress and deeply regretting it. It's been mentioned repeatedly throughout the story - and especially leading up to prom - that Ky has no control over their gender and how feels most correct to them at any given time. It's not something they can just predict. Therefore, this was almost an inevitability. If Ky had arrived in a tux tonight, there was always the chance they'd feel wrong with that too. So, what now? I'll say as much as that I promise this chapter won't be just Ky suffering the whole time. Nobody wants that for them. But I can't go into any further detail just yet. Please bear with me for now and read on.

As per usual, regarding outfits:
Drew's tux is probably one of the most standard. Black suit. White shirt. Only color being his tie, which I like to think he didn't pick out. There was never a scene planned for this or anything, but I always imagined that behind the scenes, his mother probably tried to insist on a wholly pink tux for him 'cause it makes him look like "such a sweet gentleman". Drew though, would just worry about how that looks to the other guys (as he does) and he goes for the plainest black tux he could find. The pink tie remains as probably a bit of a compromise between them. In hindsight, that probably should've been a scene; that sounds cute.

Ky's dress changed a lot, and was probably the one most recently still seeing changes. Even as far as their silhouette on the chapter cover not quite matching up with what they're wearing right now. Some earlier designs were just a bit too similar to other dresses worn this chapter. But I wanted Ky's dress to stand out, as though excitedly picked out as something they were really looking forward to wearing at one point...

Anyway, there's a lot to notice from looking at the other characters too, as we start seeing the first signs of a bit of drama this time (while still trying to keep it a little lighthearted). So where will things go from here?


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March 1st, 2019, 10:11 am

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I am secretly hoping Ky and Rudy end up swapping outfits at some point

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March 1st, 2019, 11:15 am

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Remove secretly and I’m agreeing with you

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March 1st, 2019, 11:29 am

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@Guest: Rudy has to end up swapping with someone at this point. With both Collete and Ky showing up not wanting to wear a dress.

Whatever happens, I hope he keeps the monocle. Ruby with a monocle would be great.

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March 1st, 2019, 12:36 pm

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@Guest: Arg why is there no like button? but agree 150% :)

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March 1st, 2019, 12:15 pm

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I really hope that Drew doesn't say anything that'll upset Ky more than they already are. I honestly really hope that things work out with them.

And I 100% agree that Rudy and Ky should switch outfits. I mean, Ky would feel more comfortable and Rudy could have a bit of fun.

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March 1st, 2019, 1:02 pm

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Would Ky be best boy or best girl? Screw it, they’re both.

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March 1st, 2019, 1:03 pm

Belgarel (Guest)

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Ruby and Ky ? Congratulations, anonymous guest, not one comment on this page will not mention that!

And it opens up so many possibilities. Someone mentionned Colette and Ruby, I say Drew and Ky! Sure, he's a bit tall and that would be a stretch for Jocelyn to write that, but it is fun to imagine nonetheless.
It's promnight, anything is possible at this point (except Emily giving birth on the dance floor)!

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March 1st, 2019, 6:34 pm

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I just spent the day reading this entire series. I did not even realize the day had escaped me while doing it. Needless to say, quite the array of emotions. The love, the abuse, the support. Made me wish I had grown up with friends like Rain. Made me wish I had friends like Rain now.

I was sad to reach this post because I would have to wait for more lol. I have hope that Drew steps up and he and Ky swap clothes. With all his confusion the two do make a cute couple. But I will have to wait with anticipation as to what happens next.

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March 1st, 2019, 9:12 pm

glmdgrielson (Guest)

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Holly, the omnipresent strikes once again!

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March 1st, 2019, 10:01 pm

Sylvia

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I just now thought of this; does Ky use he/him pronouns when they’re in boy mode and she/her pronouns when they’re in girl mode or do they always use they/them pronouns?

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March 1st, 2019, 10:10 pm

hereandqueer (Guest)

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dude, i know how this feels. My god, I hope ky ends up switching with someone. I feel bad they won't get to wear the dress they picked out but as long as he's happy. also hope drew doesn't freak out if he's boy mode

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March 2nd, 2019, 12:46 am

LilyFlareVII

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hgfv

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March 2nd, 2019, 12:57 am

Leah (Guest)

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Did Ky buy a dress AND rent a tux? I mean, what if they had woken up in boy mode that morning? You have to reserve tuxedos ahead of time, right?

(Also I secretly would LOVE to see Drew finally "get" how painful this is for Ky and come to Ky's rescue somehow ... yeah, I know, swapping dresses would be completely out of character. But man, at least offer your date your jacket!)

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March 2nd, 2019, 12:57 am

LilyFlareVII

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*Typing again since phone didn't post right*
I have the most trouble understanding Ky. I'm pan myself, so to me gender is irrelevant. I mean, ok sometimes I feel less than feminine because of my weight and midrange voice, and worry that someone will mistake me for male. So, I kind of understand their struggle. But on the other hand, certain clothes being assigned to certain genders is just a social construct. Why shouldn't Ky feel perfectly masculine in a dress? Or feminine in a hoodie and jeans. Why does Ky get so upset if their clothes don't happen to fit male or female stereotypes? Anyway, most of the time I sympathize with Drew, as I feel just as confused.

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March 2nd, 2019, 2:58 am

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Because it's all up to Ky's standards with what they see is feminine and masculine. And with whatever mode Ky is in, they want to be seen and know as that. I am genderfluid myself, and certain clothes just mean different things for me. And when someone says or calls you a gender your not in whatever mode your in, it just feels like being hit by a train and you want to crawl in a pit and just stare at nothing. Atleast that's how I feel, it's all a mess but it all has to do with standards of each person

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March 2nd, 2019, 2:59 am

Isabell1803

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Also, this is a shared account at the moment. Two people run it and if this causes anything for my friend in the future- sorry ._."

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March 2nd, 2019, 5:30 am

Gabi (Guest)

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@Isabell1803: Huh? Why can't you and your friend get separate accounts? They're free.

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March 2nd, 2019, 11:29 pm

Isabell1803

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I know, but my email is messed up and I can't confirm that i'm not just a random person stealing a random email for an account

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March 2nd, 2019, 12:51 pm

TranshumanAr (Guest)

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Wow, Ky is like in a quantum state of gender dysphoria. She is like a Schrodringer Cat, but instead o being dead of alive she is presenting as female or as male, and instead o a binary answer it's more analogous.

Also, my theory of Holly being a New God is getting more evidence to support it.

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March 3rd, 2019, 12:20 pm

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I swear to god, Holly took up a job as a part-time ninja.

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March 5th, 2019, 4:32 pm

Barnarnar

That Holly!

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I'm sorry. I know she's supposed to be annoying, but I think Holly's bursting in at the end of each page is absolutely hilarious! Cracks me up every time!

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