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RAIN p126 - Brother's Keeper by JocelynSamara RAIN p126 - Brother's Keeper by JocelynSamara
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Rudy really seems to be rather level-headed about the abuse he’s received. But he also knows that if Maria gets involved, like Gavin said, she probably WILL end this Todd guy.

She has a name though now…

Food for thought: Is Maria doing the right thing by protecting her brother against his wishes, or should she back off? If you were in Maria’s shoes, how would you handle this situation?

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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tucraz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I can understand Rudy's point of view, but I also remember wishing my brother or sisters would stand up for me when I was younger and didn't know how to fight. Instead, no one did, so I learned you can't depend on anyone other than yourself if you are in trouble. Maria's actually giving Rudy the best gift she can, helping hands don't come along often.
alexpaok44 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
What Maria is doing is adorable. I would have never realised it's kind of wrong if you hadn't asked. But it is. If it was my brother trying to fight my battles I'd be royally pissed at him. It's pretty obvious why.

Yeah, who is that weird person who has just commented out of the blue, right? I started reading this comic a few days ago and I've been so engrossed in it I didn't find it particularly important to comment since this is all old stuff. I dunno why I'm commenting now. But the whole thing's awesome and hilarious. Good work.
Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Why do I imagine Rudy shouting "STOMP Stomp stomp." As he storms off?
UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Really intense page this one was. But I guess I have a thing for pages that involve siblings, so this is up there with "Ryan" and Kellen's phon conversation in terms of emotion. And adds a little bit more depth with how they see each other. With Maria obviously being the muscle for Rudy for just being who he is. Though it is kind of like another way for Maria to defend her own sexuality since she can't be open about it like Rudy can. Tough to define personal strength sometimes.

I also find myself going back to the Rain prototype with this one. The reason being Maria and Rudy's relationship. Knowing that Rudy and Maria were royalty it brought me to question how it must have been to have Maria defend Rudy in such times. Obviously being the future of the world and thus wondering were it was headed with Rudy being gay. Though it is no different than in the slice-of-life Rain were people still question where the future is going with the rise of more gays among the population. I doubt the population growth is in danger, but it was one of those random thoughts I seem to have.
wolf-blazer Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Interface Designer
what a good frien >w<
Tanooki-Tom Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
I hope that gives Gavin some brownie points with Maria.

I think it's nice that Maria cares enough to protect Rudy like that, but I personally think that she needs to give some distance. Her actions aren't wrong, but Rudy makes a good point: he can fight his own battles and she should definately let him do so.
Avistew Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
I think Maria should back off. It would be different if she were an adult or in a position of authority, but as it is there isn't much she can do to help, and she can certainly make things worse. Plus she's basically telling her brother she doesn't trust him and he can't do things on his own. I know I would feel unappreciated if someone went behind my back because they think they know better, especially for something close to my heart.
On top of that, Rudy is the one that took a stand while Maria is still hiding in the closet. It seems kind of hypocritical of her to defend him from her closet, if I'm making any sense. She'd help much more just by being out too.
MicronConvoy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Its cool that she wants to defend him, but this is one of those situtations where the person being bullied/abused has to stand up for them self.
moonpuppy4 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
She should back off, I have three older sisters and while it is nice to know they will fight my battles if I let them, it gets annoying.
demonrei9991 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
love this so god damn much. i love gay people :D but i'm not gay, but i do have two bisexual sisters, so it doesn't bug me :3
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