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RAIN p. 23 - Friends... by JocelynSamara RAIN p. 23 - Friends... by JocelynSamara
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And that about wraps up Chapter 1.

Although I originally considered a short hiatus between chapters, I’ve come to the decision that, “Nah, that idea sucks. Nobody likes waiting. And since I’m doing so well with keeping up with pages, it’s not even like such a hiatus is necessary.” So be sure to stay tuned for Chapter 2, coming up this week via the normal update schedule! ^_^

I’d like to make a special shoutout to KingInYellowTatters for stating: “Gavin made Rain cry. I'm sticking with calling him Jerky McJerkface until he apologizes.” I was so amused by the name I actually changed Maria’s dialogue a little in the third panel to add it into canon… just like I told myself I wouldn’t. But you know what, it actually does suit her to say that somehow…

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Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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:icon12mark21:
12mark21 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Sweet, well written, thoughtful, great characters... terrific sequential storytelling. Hate to stop reading now but the real world and work await me. Look forward to many return visits...
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Heh. Life happens.

I'm glad you're enjoying it so far though. ^_^
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TheWhiteJewel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I read this comic a million times before but I just realized...is the choker around Rain's neck supposed to hide her Adam's apple or is it just for decoration?
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wolf-blazer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Interface Designer
awwww!....*barf*
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AzNfo0dLUV3r Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
sad >:O
Look at my picture.
That's wht I want to do right now
D;
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NevermoreFox Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
damn.... just... damn
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
*Posts obligitory link to the Rain folder in his newest deviation* (I'm going to get this thing publicity if it kills... somebody who isn't me and isn't giving publicity, dang it!)
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Writer
And I can't thank you enough for all of this publicity. I honestly don't think it'd have gotten half as much attention without your help. ^_^
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Aw, I'm sure it would have. ^^; TG comics get a lot. :)

But i'm still feeling out the fact that I'm popular on dA (even my most hated enemies want my help! :icondummyplz: ) so it's nice to use it to promote something I love. :)
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Student Writer
While this was a great 1st chapter. I think that Gavin is just deceiving himself of a great friendship because he was friends with her once before. He will probably come around at some point and become a great friend for her. I can't wait for chapter 2.
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Maiden-Of-The-Maggot Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
>\\\.\\\< rain is too cute!
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
We are left with a little hope, but also a little doubt as well. It is an appropriate way to end this arc (by webcomic standards).

Rain has made a few friends, and others are stuck in limbo. And we are left wondering what else she had done. Because just as in real life, there is an unseen ripple effect that will definitely happen. Either way, I feel bad for Gavin and wish he didn't have to feel that way. Really hope he becomes that friend that Rain had always seen. Even you as the storyteller may not fully understand since you don't know him like Rain does.

Mara might have some after effects from Gavin as well. Knowing Maria she may be bitter to Gavin for the time because of this. And who knows where this may take her psychologically, she never met anyone like Rain before. Lesbian meeting a tg is really not a common thing many experience. Luckily we also have Rudy and Fara there to provide support for Rain in the coming days.

But like Gavin's ominous looking back before walking away, we are left with uncertainty for tomorrow. The one feeling that speaks the loudest to me
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Writer
I don't believe in perfect endings. I'm not saying it always has to end badly, but I DO think if everything is to extreme in either direction (too good OR too bad), it inevitably always feels fake and forced. So, I won't do it like that.

Hope and doubt, though? I can live with that. ^_^

There is uncertainty in what happens next... for everybody. Right off the bat, the situation has complicated itself for all of them. Now the question is, how will they respond?
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KingInYellowTatters Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
By the way. something I just noticed and was curious about. I know that this comic's layout is generally supposed to follow an "American" layout-style (despite it's manga and anime influences) of reading left-to-right, but the last three panels seem to strike me as flowing more naturally when looked at from right-to-left, especially since the "Chapter 1 end" words are in the bottom left panel instead of the bottom right, marking it as the final panel of the chapter. Was this intentional, or was it something else? Like I said. just curious.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Writer
Originally, I did plan to put the "Chapter 1 End" caption in the lower righthand corner on top of the final panel. Due to the size of that particular panel, the caption makes Gavin effectively look like a disembodied head. I suppose I could have redrawn certain things or changed the layout a little bit, but I was pleased with the look and didn't want to alter it.

But I opted to lay this out in this specific order because I wanted to make Gavin's bothered face followed by his head hang to be the last thing readers would see with this chapter. But I also wanted to separate Rain's last words "...except... for Gavin..." from Gavin completely. It leaves the reader to wonder, "did he hear that? Is he bowing his head in regret becaue he heard what she said? Or was he just quietly looking back, unaware or uncaring of what's being said, only really depressed because the situation turned out so bad?"

At least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. ^^;
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KingInYellowTatters Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Okies. That makes sense. :)
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Yitomic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
I don't see how your thinking. He looks over his shoulder because he heard what Rain said about him and then he looks down ashamed of how he just treated him.
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KingInYellowTatters Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
You are a queen among women. Thank you so much. I'm just glad I could help inspire your art even in some small way. You're doing a fantastic job. *hugs* :)
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Writer
No, thank you! Between the silly name and more importantly, the TV Tropes page, you've been pretty helpful and I appreciate it! ^_^
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EllieNoodleSoup Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the way Rain tilts her head, it's so cute! xD
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Writer
Heh. Thank you. That was an awkward angle to draw so I'm glad you like it. :D
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Aw how sad D:>
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm sorry. I didn't mean to make you sad... :(

Thinking positively, this IS only chapter 1. There's plenty of time for things to get better...

...and worse...

...but also better! ^_^
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
It's kay ^~^

woot :D

Aw :(

YAY!!
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animeunderwaterfan1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
awesome :)
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Writer
:D
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animeunderwaterfan1 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
hope to see ch 2 :)
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StoryTypist Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Bad Gavin. Shame on you. Now we have to go through a horrendous flashback which will include when Rain/Ryan and Gavin were really good friends and everyone's happy and then slowly but surely the flashback will move toward Ryan becoming more Rain and the Gavin going away and then Rain be sad but then move too.

*gasp* *drinks water*.

And then we'll go back to the present where SOMETHING will happen and then SOMETHING will happen and then MORE THINGS will happen and in the end the two will become friends and then they'll face the school board together! Optimism, peoplez! Move move move! :D
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Writer
Got it all figured out, huh? ^_^

Or do you...?
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:iconstorytypist:
StoryTypist Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
*gasp* OR DO I?

Ahaha. That's what usually happens. We'll see...:iconmadlaughplz:
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Jaded-but-cute Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Can we kill Gavin? Pretty please with a sword on top? :giggle:
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KingInYellowTatters Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
No. No killing Gavin. Even if he is currently "Jerky McJerkface", he's not a bad guy. just mistaken and misguided. It might take some time but eventually I'm sure he'll come around to seeing his mistake and apologize and then Rain will have the good and caring friend back that she remembers. It'll just take some time.
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, whoa, whoa, does that mean Ryan told Gavin secrets on the playground? I wonder if they talked about how Ryan wants to be a Mommy when he grows up...
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Writer
That is a possibility...

What kind of things could Ryan have told Gavin back in the day...? :ohnoes:
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JillianNC Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Nicely done, good ending for a chapter. Looking forward to more!
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you very much! I'm looking forward to posting more. ^_^
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shadowlord19 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A great ending to a great chapter, and I hope Gavin accepts Rain, because it would suck if he became the villian. Nice Work.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Writer
That would pretty well suck if he became a villain. But who can say for sure will happen at this point?

And thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying it. :D
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
well that was a great chapter! its still 2 bad about Rain and Gavin but im sure itll work out. i love how u put in that Jerky McJerkface in lol
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you. I'm glad you liked it!

And yeah, I liked the "Jerky McJerkface" line so much, I just couldn't help myself. ^_^
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
well it did fit lol
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Gavin!!!!!!!! You idiot!!!! *hits him with girly punches* Your stupid male mind is soo small and stupid!!! Yet why do I like u!!!???
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Writer
Well, Gavin's a pretty likeable guy... well, when he's not being a jerk. ^_^
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PrincessJessica Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
nice first chapter, great way to end it...the chapter i mean
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying it so far! :D
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jocaypa Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Wow.
So this is it?
Also, how long is chapter 2 going to be?
A week hiatus wouldn't drive me extremely crazy, since, you know, i've been waiting WAY longer for a CERTAIN COMIC, and there's no suspense on waiting for the next comic (as in, this storyline is over and we will start a new one soon).
Yet it's all up to you!
(the bad thing is that if you actually take a week off everybody will hate me for suggesting so).
Anyways, i'll be looking forward to the next chapter, no matter when it is! (as long as we have a definite date for it)
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm not sure if it counts as a spoiler to say something like this, but meh, it's really not so bad - Chapter 2 is twenty-two pages long; just one shorter than Chapter 1.

A certain comic, huh? Yeah, I know the feeling of thoroughly enjoying a comic only to feel like the author has just abandoned it. I've seen this A LOT and want to do everything in my power to not let that happen. Hence, if I ever have to take a hiatus (because I fall behind in my page production or something), I'll probably let people know well ahead of time, and try to make sure it's between chapters so I can catch up without driving people nuts.

Of course, if I can avoid hiatus' (or hiati? I'm not sure) altogether, then that would be even better. ^_^
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jocaypa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
I say you should take Wednesday and Friday off.
Whoever wrote this wonderful piece of comic deserves being workshipped.
Post-Script: Of course i might be letting myself get a bit carried over)
Post-Post-Script: Also, just like i said before, if you actually listen to me and do so everybody will hate me for... 5 days
Post-Post-Post-Script: By the way, hiatus still aplies
Post-Post-Post-Post-Script: I've just noticed most of things i've said in the previous (and most probably, in this one too) comments can be misunderstood as if my intention were to be rude, please don't think so, my intentions are nothing but honourable
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Zomgkitty42 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Yay can't wait for chapter two
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Writer
Me neither! :XD:
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