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Although any LGBT kid probably wishes they had Aunt Fara for a parent, the fact is that most of us are stuck with ones like Mr. and Mrs. Strongwell here. Honestly, even as fictional characters Iíd created to play the of role of unaccepting parents, they still frustrate the hell out of me. I just canít figure out which would be harder to deal with: their overcritical father or their ignorant mother.
Rudy displays a rare moment of weakness here. And yes, itís not over getting beat up. Itís the fact that not only did he not get an invitation to the party, he didnít even know about it until Gavin brought it up to him. Surely his parents arenít helping either (at least Maria tries to help). Some readers might find this strange and that he has his priorities mixed up. Not so much. Rudyís just the type that has an easier time dealing with physical pain than emotional pain. Neglect and feeling outcast can be especially damaging to a teenager.
But is it really just a case of kids being uncomfortable with him like his dad implies? Or was Emily and her posse just unable to find him when they were passing out flyers.
On a lighter artistic note, yes, I am very much aware that the table is oddly tall. I didnít notice how much until I actually colored it. I do plan on fixing it, but not just now.
Also, I originally planned to have a field day with the newspaper their father is reading, but space constraints did not allow it. I wanted to sneak in the reference headline: "Mysterious department store blackout caused by mouse." just to see how many people would get it. Not that it bears any significance to the story; I just like making references.
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.