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RAIN p110 - Boyfriend by JocelynSamara RAIN p110 - Boyfriend by JocelynSamara
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You might (or might not) recall from Maria’s first appearance way back on page 8, a little non sequitur where the scene opens just in time for the bewildering punchline, “No way, man. That’s NOT a duck.” I use that one a lot (my DeviantArt watchers can find it at least one more time in my gallery if they look carefully).

Long ago however - dating back to perhaps even my preteen years before I took writing remotely seriously - my strange punchline without a joke was always, “You don’t understand. The sushi is good!” Neither of these make a lick of sense, and your guess is as good as mine as to how it’s funny in context, but it does apparently make Maria out to be one hell of a good storyteller.

Concerning the 5th through 7th panels, it’s worth noting that aside from Rain and Rudy, probably no one was REALLY looking at Maria just then. Or rather, they weren’t actively eavesdropping. Or are they? Seemed like someone was ALWAYS watching back in high school. But that’s not the point. Regardless of whether anyone’s paying attention, Maria - “desperate for her smokescreen” as Rudy puts it - puts on a show to make absolute sure everyone sees they’re “together” again.

It’s pages like this that remind me that I don’t miss high school…

©2004-2011
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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Wiinner159 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
This reminds me that whenever I say something not secret but not meant to be heard by EVERYONE in the class everyone always ends up being so quiet at the time and they all hear what I'm saying and it turns into either the whole class laughing or an awkward silence follows, luckily I'm not the kinda person who really cares that much
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Fairportfan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013

"I painted mine green and it worked much better."


" ...and the elephant said {pinch nose for funny voice}'Gee, I'm sorry, I thought you were my mother-in-law'."

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thediremoose Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
"You don't understand. The sushi is good!"
"No way, man. That's NOT a duck."

Nope, combining the two still doesn't make much sense. Unless someone thought sushi was supposed to be made from ducks.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Writer
Well, they're actually supposed to be two different jokes. Maria's apparently got a repertoire of hilarious joke stories. ^_^
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Literal, actual conversation between two of my friends today:
"Do you eat sushi a lot?"
"Yeah."
"Is it good?"
"Yeah. Have you not had sushi before?"
"No, I mean your sushi."

I wanted to interject so badly (by which I mean, I laughed a little on the inside and though of this page).
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student Writer
Now i wonder what the whole joke was. And of course Maria has to have a boyfriend, active smokescreen. My guess is even though she has a fake relationship with Gavin, she will attempt to get a real relationship with Rain but she will do it in a very haphazard way and it will probably end in some kind of disaster and Maria says that she likes Rain. I think that's more of a wish than a prediction though, i think i will always hope for a Rain and Maria relationship.
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This page is just awesome for being random. I'm sure their was a lot of questions from Rain after finding out that her brother is eloping, but I think it was a good idea to begin with a sushi joke. And seeing Maria kind of through herself at her "smiokescreen" is also a good way to definitely put an end to what I like to call the "Reaquainted" arc (being ch. 1-4). Though I'm sure Maria still hold's a slight grudge with Gavin for what he did, I guess knowing Rain is happy makes Maria want to atleast try like Gavin is trying to.

The story you also told about "the sushi is good" really was a good bit of trivia, I love it when writers include stuff like that in their pages. It somehow makes the pages more personal to read. And seeing your input on the idea that you are the center of the universe in Highschool in someway makes me remember why I didn't like Highschool either.

Paneling is a little weird, I thought it would be better to have a long panel with just the entire cast within Maria's perspective as to enhance that paranoia. But the broken up panels tell me that its a more focused oint of view thus enhancing that these are different social circles at maybe different tables. And made what I just said completely pointless. But I already typed my opinion. So do with it what you wish. Again, great addition to the piece.
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mayfirerose Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont miss it either!
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chitttick1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I figured out what the joke actually is!

Man1: Are you eating duck?

Man2: No way, man! That's NOT a duck!

Man1: But I thought duck was the only food you would eat.

Man2: You don't understand. The sushi is good!

or something like that. It makes a lot of sense to me at least =P
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
No, no, that one could make a lot of sense - but only if you assume that even good sushi is terrible (Which just doens't work for me. ><)

All of this regardless of the fact that it's probably more attention-grabbing with her forgiving him so... exuberantly?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You could've always done, "The Aristocrats."
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional Writer
That probably COULD actually work. But if I had Maria tell that one, I'd actually have to come up with a unique spin on it for her to tell. That's just the way the joke works. ^_^
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
School gossip the next day included Maria's happy reunion with Gavin - not to mention the rather odd revelation that Maria will apparently only stay with Gavin if his facial hair remains a certain length, or is completely nonexistent.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Writer
Incidentally, I would imagine facial hair would be a major turn-off for her. Fake relationship or not, Maria will not stand for it. ^_^
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
And now that Gavin's all clean-shaven again, their relationship can recommence!
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ritsu-x-mio Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
still it's awesome! :D
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ritsu-x-mio Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
LMAO @ Rain and Gavin.. it's like, "... MY CONVENIENT EXCUSE!! -hug tackles.-! :D :D"
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ritsu-x-mio Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
... -stabs her post in the face.- MARIA AND GAVIN. Pay attention. sheesh. <_<
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chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Writer
I found those three panels of silence highly amusing.
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Dark7Hero Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
that's interesting, come to think of it, what happens if gavin actually does get a girlfriend?
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16bithero1995 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Maria used a heart scale to relearn smokescreen...accuracy n00b
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JanusDaGuardian42 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Super Girl!!! Sorry, I couldn't resist...
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
More "Rain"! I am officially happy now.
Seriously, though, this page resets the school scene, which last appeared in chapter 2. It also shows off several of the minor characters; even though they don't contribute to the dialogue, they still get their feet in the door, so to speak. And it leaves the discerning reader to wonder just what Blondie (Emily?) is poring over in the seventh panel. Back to the main characters, though, it looks like Maria is still angry at Gavin, due to his insensitivity towards Rain. Still, I think she's willing to forgive him, both to keep up her facade and to avoid losing a friend.
And I love the return of totally-random-non-sequitor at the start of the page, albeit in a different form. Also, when I first read the page, I thought that all the minor characters featured were at the same table as Rain, Maria, and Rudy (which would explain why they become silent and listen in). When I saw the last panel, however, I realized this was not the case. Of course, they probably weren't talking about anything and were waiting for the main characters to do something (because that's what minor characters do!).
Anyway, I love the return to the school setting, and I look forward to seeing where the chapter turns!
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chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Writer
It must be that invite that Emily's holding on the title page. In short...Foreshadowing! :iconthundercloudplz:
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Felis99 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
So, who did win the bet back on page 8?
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Writer
Technically, Maria won.

Although I never went into the actual transaction part of the bet, Maria claims victory on page 15.
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Felis99 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
So Rain spending the night w/ Gavin didn't count as a date?
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional Writer
I wouldn't have called it a date, per se, but that's just because I don't know that either one of them would've either. They really did nothing "date-like", and honestly, if Fara hadn't been blitzed, the sleepover probably wouldn't have even happened.

That said, I wouldn't blame him if he wanted to claim it was a date to get ten bucks. :XD:
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Venathil-Matura Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Maria used glomp
Gavin is stunned.

:3
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VioletUke93 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw poor Maria, her smokescreen's fading =P
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
awww i like :)
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:iconchicken-yuki:
Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011   Traditional Artist
MARIA USED SMOKESCREEN!

It's not very effective...
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Writer
HA HA HA HA!

Comic gold, is what that is!
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011   Traditional Artist
Though this does beg the question what sort of Pokemon Maria would be.

I guess... fighting?

And Gavin's a Rock-type?

Then that leaves Rain the awkwardly amusing Normal/Psychic Type, or just Normal... which would be ironic when considering the last Rain Delay comic.
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chitttick1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Rain could be a Ditto. Rain changed genders!!! Plus isn't Ditto a Normal type generally, so it could work.
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KingInYellowTatters Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Looks like her Confuse Ray on Rain was SUPER EFFECTIVE, however.
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Writer
Double zing!
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
lol well it seems shes got her smokescreen back. that opening joke must have been hilarious in context for Rain to be laughing out loud like that
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KingInYellowTatters Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Now I wanna hear that whole joke.
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DCHorror Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My first thought on it is that there's a man who keeps going back to this japanese restuarant, but complains a lot about the sushi there. So finally one of his friends ask him why he keeps going back, and this is how he responds.

The other is crossing a desert, mountain range and sea, at each point one of two guys asking why they do it. Answer above. Probably to arrive to find the chef dead, so he starts crying because see above.
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