That's That

posted July 22nd, 2019, 8:16 am


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July 22nd, 2019, 8:16 am

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While Fara and Emily have some discussion with the reception hall staff, Rain's other friends come to her aid. But... it seems Rain isn't actually as shaken up as we might have expected. And people outside of her friend group are speaking out in her defense. Say what!?

If you're thinking this seems out-of-character for Rain, don't forget we've been over things recently about that: Rain is a much braver, bolder person than she we was in Chapter 1. Even her initial reaction to being called Prom King was more surprise than defeat. Beginning-of-the-story Rain would've bolted out of the room in tears, but current Rain stands her ground with dry eyes. Sure, she's definitely embarrassed (let's be real here), but her mind isn't going straight to doom and gloom. That's progress! A wise man once said, "She's a tougher kid than she gives herself credit for." ^_^
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1973571/guardian/

Now, if you're thinking: but would Devon really help Rain like that? Why not? He's been a pretty standup guy throughout most of the story, and has seemingly never had any gripes with Rain. And just a few pages ago, he did in fact learn about Rain's legal name, and compared it to his own cis cousin with the same name. He sees no problem with Rain's name and is absolutely sure this situation is a mistake.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2823705/solution/

But surely, you cry out, Debbie is wildly out-of-character here! Is she, though? Earlier in this very chapter, she admitted her grievances with Rain were petty, and that she even thinks she seems like a decent person. Debbie went on to tell Emily to stay close to Rain.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2779761/where-you-are/

Now, none of that means she likes Rain now. But as she expresses on this page, that doesn't matter. You don't have to like someone to not want them to be humiliated. If that's hard to swallow, you can look at this another way: maybe it's not even for Rain. She knows that Emily values Rain, even if she doesn't fully understand why. If Rain is upset, Emily will be upset. And knowing Emily already has her baby and her mother to worry about, Debbie wouldn't want things to be any harder for her. Keep Rain happy to keep Emily happy. Is it maybe the wrong reason to do the right thing? Sure, but right now, it's still a good thing for Rain. I've seen a lot of people accusing Debbie for being responsible for all this somehow, but if she wants to get back into Emily's good graces, sabotaging Rain would not be in her best interest, and she knows that.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2429849/tearing-the-rift/

Hence why she opted to stay quiet and not make a big deal about Rain's name earlier in the evening.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2768561/nicknames/
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2774472/doesnt-matter/

So let's go back to Rain and ask the big question: Is she going to be okay?


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August 18th, 2019, 5:40 am

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July 22nd, 2019, 10:21 am

AshenOne

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Rain has learned a lot in 9 years-I mean 2 semesters! Time is weird.

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July 22nd, 2019, 4:51 pm

GabiAPF

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@AshenOne: Indeed. I'm really glad for her, though. Overcoming your own insecurities is hard, but once you achieve it your life gets much better.

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July 22nd, 2019, 10:31 am

TulipKitten

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@AshenOne It's Dumbing of Age time.

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July 22nd, 2019, 10:38 am

He Who Abides

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@TulipKitten - Rain isn't quite as slow as Dumbing of Age, webcomic-time wise. Granted, it's a smaller cast here, but I'm pretty sure that it's the end of October/beginning of November over there.

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July 22nd, 2019, 10:40 am

He Who Abides

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Also, it's weird seeing Debbie defend Rain. Yes, the explanation is all there (links and all), but that doesn't make her feel any less her own Bizarro.

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July 22nd, 2019, 11:30 am

Mikko

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There's been real female kings in Europe

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July 22nd, 2019, 4:53 pm

GabiAPF

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@Mikko: Each monarchy has its own rules about what they call a king and what they call a queen, and even then it's different in different languages. I don't know what the rules are in this particular scenario, but it's awkward in any case.

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July 22nd, 2019, 12:13 pm

Izai

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*Mic drop*

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July 22nd, 2019, 2:36 pm

DalekBeifong

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Maybe the first time I'm saying it, but DEFINITELY not the first time I've noticed it: Devon looks so much like Aaron Burr in Hamilton and it kills me

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July 22nd, 2019, 4:24 pm

IXman

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Devon is my new favorite back round character, and Debbie is getting even more likable.

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July 22nd, 2019, 8:17 pm

CanaCalavera

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Honestly everything about this makes sense to me and I greatly enjoy the growth that our sweet girl has gone through thanks to the struggles she has faced

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July 22nd, 2019, 10:22 pm

Ripples In The River

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Wait I thought that uh you considered using the f-bomb for the like, revelation page? I thought Rain would freak out a little? But I'm really glad she's okay!!! And her friends are supportive as always and it's awesome to see the supporting cast being so nice (honestly, Debbie didn't react how I thought she would, seeing as she was herself accusing Rain of being a guy a few chapters ago. But it seems she's not jumping on that train!!! Yay!!!!)

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