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Good to see you back, Rain Beaus.  ^_^

It's strange.  This may be one of the most minimalist chapter pages to date.  And yet, I find myself staring at it a lot.  Something about it (perhaps because it's so minimalist) just puts me into this weird, "melancholy zen" (if that makes any sense at all).

I don't want to scare anyone away, but based on reactions to the finale of the last chapter, I'm gonna come right out and say the story will get heavier from here on.  I don't know if I can replicate "that page", and I don't necessarily plan on trying to.  However, this wasn't Rain's first speed bump, and it's far from her last.  On the plus side, every victory Rain has earned for herself makes her happier, stronger, and more confident.  And it's my hope that by giving her and her friends ordeals to face and overcome, readers will feel like they're overcoming it with her to reach an ultimately more satisfying end.  

All that said, continue to also expect more comedy, more cuteness, more romance, and more queer/trans shenanigans.  The story may become deeper and evolve, but it's still Rain at it's core.  ^_^

So if you haven't sworn off my comic after that last big twist (if you did, you're probably not reading this anyway), firstly: thank you.  That means a lot to me.  And secondly, please enjoy what is to come in the story.  I've worked very hard, and I think you'll find there's still lots to enjoy. ^_^


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:iconsomanyspectrums:
SoManySpectrums Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Gorgeous cover.
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:iconliapenguin:
LiaPenguin Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
that's a beautiful cover.
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:iconanimationsmeargle:
animationsmeargle Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student General Artist
*sees chapter cover*
Just fuck me up
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:iconjamieagatharose:
JamieAgathaRose Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This didn't find it's way to :iconthe-rainbeau-club:. Can you resubmit?
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Writer
That's weird.  Sorry. ^^;

Resubmitted!  :D
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:iconjamieagatharose:
JamieAgathaRose Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, sweetie. ^_^
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:iconespiral26:
EspiraL26 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Hey, I've an unhealthy addiction to angst, so no way I'm going away when the story is starting to get heavier! ^^ You're stuck with me, I'm afraid.
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dawnflower8 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm not sure what your reaction to this will be, but I found it kind of weird. Apparently short-haired Rain does not pass well. 
I showed my mom my fanart of Rain, and she couldn't figure put whether she was supposed to be a boy or a girl. (My mom doesn't know anything about the story Rain or her being a transgender girl.) She said it wasn't the haircut, but for some reason she looks "masculine."
i am seriously not sure what to think of this. I personally think she looks like a girl, no question, but to someone who hasn't read the story? I am hoping it is just do to my artstyle and the fact that I draw a lot of feminine-looking guys.
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:iconothersidenight:
OtherSideNight Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All I hope from this is that people's heavy responses to the last chapter didn't scare you into changing the way the story's gonna go 
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Professional Writer
Not even a little bit.  ^_^

Obviously, I don't want to lose readers, but I even less want to compromise my story because of what is really the minority of the readership.  So things will continue down the current road, good times and hard times alike.  
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DashieMoulinRouge Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Student Writer
Very pretty. I hope Kellen gets her just desserts. 
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:iconunder777:
under777 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Are you kidding, it just makes me want to read it even more! Please just promise not to ever leave it on a cliff hangar like Venus Envy did
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:iconzomgkitty42:
Zomgkitty42 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
oh my that is very deep. I can connect with this big time. I had someone do that to me in my sleep. and for someone in the middle of transitioning it really bites. lets just say the guy who done it to me got a broken nose out of the deal.
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:iconmathieutrudelle:
mathieutrudelle Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
cant wait to see the next page even if it hevier im sure emily and the other will help rain
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ShadowHinata Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
the sapiens is killing me O-O
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Iconix88 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Definitely like the minimalist design, because it still makes its point very effectively. It also makes me optimistic about where the story is heading in the immediate aftermath of the "incident". I was worried about the possibility that Kellen might succeed in bullying Rain into submission, at least temporarily, since even Fara early on had suggested the "wait till college" alternative, but this shows that she's not going to be deterred despite the worst life can throw at her
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:iconvenathil-matura:
Venathil-Matura Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
I wish the best luck in the world for her
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:iconmusicallover1234:
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Student Writer
I like this page, there's... something to it... I can't explain but some how it seems to resonate, you're right maybe because it is so minimalistic. The symbolism is nice to. Also I really like her outfit, I hope we get to see it at some point.
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:iconnergent:
nergent Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Good god, that page was painful... but nothing to stop reading the comic over!  Keep yanking at the heartstrings, it's why I read!
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:iconmadman400096:
MadMan400096 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, the old Don Bluth strategy of putting characters through hell with the promise of a happy ending. As long as there's no obnoxious green-thumbed trolls or songs about marrying moles, then I'm game.
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:iconharryeagle:
Harryeagle Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Thought Rain was looking at birds for a moment, but then I realized...
Chapter hasn't even started yet, and it's already hit me in the heart.
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Kaosubaloo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This just occurred to me, but I expect the story will continue at least until the end of the school year in-comic-time. That is more than enough time for Rain to grow her hair out enough for a pixie cut, or a lot of other short-medium length styles. It is very plausible that Rain could have a new, longer Hairstyle every couple chapters.
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:icontonfaman23:
tonfaman23 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
There has to be a heavy twist or two in these series in order for them to survive and be a classic.
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:iconblueduckee:
BlueDuckee Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
I think the end of the last chapter was a bold move, but a good one. I don't think it went too far, but it definitely took a lot of us by surprise it seems. I'm still trying to find out what happens, how her friends take it and if Kellen ever stops being a raging bitch. (It's going to take large gift of manga and one hell of an apology to get back on Rain's good side I'd imagine.) I can't wait to see where this comic goes. ^_^
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NyanDashicorn Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Damn she looks cute. I swear, Rain can pull off any aesthetic.
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:iconssmithineva:
ssmithineva Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Steven Universe, Gravity Falls and Rain all coming back on the same week!!!
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:iconhershintheflesh:
hershintheflesh Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
right!?
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:iconanimationsmeargle:
animationsmeargle Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student General Artist
This is probably my favorite chapter page.
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:iconpandagirl524:
PandaGirl524 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student Writer
I can't wait to see how Rain copes with everything! Though truth be told, I kind of want to see her cosplay as Kaminari now. I think she could really pull off the look. 
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GirlyGeek96 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
-sad whale noises-
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:iconflex35:
flex35 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
I really like this chapter title page. Makes me think of different anime openings. Plus it has a "letting go" feeling to it. Though it was not Rain's choice to lose her long hair, I can see her growing and becoming more confident from it. Plus, I am willing to bet, present as female for 8+ months now, Rain's movement and mannerisms are more feminine than she might realize and probably no one would mistake her as anything but female, despite her now short hair.

Also, with the way the story has been going so far, I think the only way I would stop reading Rain, is if someone else took over and made a mess of it (I think that's a complement to how great of a writer Jocelyn is ... Right?). Anyways, I look forward to what comes in Chapter 26 and any other big hurdles, yet to come ^_^ .
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Scorpio092607 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
I love this chapter page. I'm a huge fan of minimalism, so this looks wonderful to me. Plus, I really like the small glimpse we get of Rain's new hairstyle. She really does look beautiful. I'm excited to read more of this chapter.
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SanchaySquirrel Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can't wait to see the cute short hairstyles~! Bring it!! XD
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:iconmkugeneratorsunite:
MKUGeneratorsUNITE Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Isn't she lovely?
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:iconhail-lord-sephiroth:
Hail-Lord-Sephiroth Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
I'm already liking the shorter hair style.
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:iconhitorazekaiju:
HitorazeKaiju Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I swear the next person to say shenanigans is gonna get a swift kick in the ass XD
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:iconhitorazekaiju:
HitorazeKaiju Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
mmmmm pistol whip
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:iconshadowhinata:
ShadowHinata Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
shenanigans
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:iconpositronic-brain:
positronic-brain Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Please tell me the school doesn't hate her now...

*Clings to that*
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:iconanimasword:
Animasword Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, I really love this cover. It's simplistic, but the symbolism and motion in the flying hairs really brings it to life. Looking forward to seeing how you follow up....you know.
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:iconpalesoles:
palesoles Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
I haven't doubted your story telling yet,and I'm not about to start now.
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:iconshadowdragon1997:
Who in their right mind would stop reading after that last chapter?! 0-0 Wouldn't they wanna see what happens? The anticipation would kill me if I didn't keep reading 
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Professional Writer
See, that's how I feel too.  It's one thing if people have to take a break or something because a scene was very upsetting or hit too close to home.  I get that.  I've been there myself.  But if a story I otherwise enjoy presents an upsetting scene, I feel like the last thing I'd want to do is leave it on that downer note forever with no resolution.  There's always a chance things could get better if I keep reading, but it will always be "the bad ending" if I leave prematurely at downer scene, never knowing what comes next.

That's my humble opinion, anyway.  I'm glad to hear the people sticking with me are excited, at least.  ^_^
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Shadowdragon1997 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Hey if anyone stops reading it's their loss I can't wait to see what has yet to come in the story. God the mystery of what happened is killing me I'm so excited!:excited: 
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:icondryurimom:
dryurimom Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
As stated, I'm actually more likely to stay on this ride now that the story had gotten richer.  Life is bittersweet.  Keep adding dimensions and I'll stick with you until the end. :-)
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:iconnenolink:
Nenolink Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
O SNAP
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:icon6luestar:
6luestar Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous composition for this page :heart:
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:iconundertaker972:
Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
i have faith that Rain can pull through this. it wont be easy but she can do it
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:iconsierrarebecca:
SierraRebecca Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Yay!!! Rain is back, and I got a feeling it's gonna be one helluva storm!
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