(Very early today. Finishing up last bits of packing so I can go out see my friends one last time before I leave tomorrow, so there's a good chance I woluldn't be around tonight to post it at the correct time.)
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People ask me the same thing ALL the time: “Have you REALLY always been like this?” The question is always asked in such a way that implies it’s completely unbelievable and impossible that someone could have inherently always known they were in the wrong body (nevermind that this is actually documented as being the statistical norm for transgendered individuals). I know it’s not intended to be offensive (most of the time), but it can still come off as harsh and/or rude.
In Gavin’s case (as well as the case of many who ask this question), he’s never known Rain to be anything other than Ryan. It’s hard to swallow. How could people hide something so important to them? But don’t we ALL have something to hide because we’re afraid it might hurt others… or ourselves?
And if you say “no” to that, you’re only proving my point…
Oh, and first ever mention of Rain’s dad…
Whew. Heavy page followed by heavy commentary. For all it matters, Rain is pretty slick at rapidly changing the subject if things start to get uncomfortable for her.
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.