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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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thundercat287 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I wonder how'd it be like to have an older sibling stand up for shy little me..
cr8zyg8rl Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
JUST DO IT! But seriously I don't give a fuuck, I'll beat that fucker up.
iTzAwesomesauce Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
As the wonderful role model Palpatine said, Do it.
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
Maka00 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
I would kill the Todd guy or at least teach him to keep his fist away from my brother, and I would teach him the lesson painfully, very painfully...I get violent when someone hurts someone I care for.
Kleptoid Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
in maria's shoes i'd go destructo mode. then again i've allways been out of the side lines and keep the peace by manipulating people
LittleWolfDreamer Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Writer
She should maybe back off a tiny little bit... She honestly may end up killing someone otherwise.
FluffyVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This needs to be a movie :D
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe Gavin shouldn't have said anything...maybe Rudy's right to want to handle things his own way...

Maybe Todd's face is going to turn in to mashed potatoes when Maria's done with him...

But on principle I'd side with Rudy...a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do...or ignore what he has to ignore in this case since that's the route he's going (good job taking the high road Rudy!)
chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student Writer
Hmm...this is the first time Rudy shows anger. How much of his "Pollyanna" personality is actually an act?
FenrirDarkWolfe Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student General Artist
If I was in Maria's shoes, I would feel t anger, and would want to kill him, but, I would back off.
forgottencake Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have any younger siblings, so I honestly don't know what I'd do. I'm pretty timid and non-violent though, so probably just tell a teacher/my parents or something.
I'd say it's right to at least do ~something~ if it's as extreme as him getting beaten up, but he does need to learn how to take care of himself and all, so...
BladeDiva Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
If -I- were in Maria's shoes, I'd carefully remove them without making sudden motions, while preparing a hasty explanation as for why I was wearing her shoes. ^^;
Nelekra Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
LOL! This is so real.
SatouAsahira Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Someone bullied my little brother in elementary school. I told him I'd break both of his arms slowly, then both of his legs, then take his shattered body and toss it off a cliff. But one that he would survive the fall from so he'd starve to death, broken and bleeding, if he didn't stop. Needless to say, he did.
Fluffy-Artist Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
If I were in her shoes, I'd beat the snot out of this Todd guy! >( But watching this happen, I can see it would probably make this guy and his friends even angerier and they'd probably take it out on Rudy. :(
ritsu-x-mio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
angrier* (:
Fluffy-Artist Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Thank you. :)
ritsu-x-mio Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
you're welcome! (:
greatpeople123 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
This is going to sound soooo strange, but Rudy looks hot when he is angry...
DivineValley Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
-grabs maria- we will end him together!!!!
Dracona-Wynne-Hale Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist
Maria IS doing the right thing. There's going to be a point where she won't be able to protect him anymore, so making it easier now will give him at least a bit of a respite.
Of course, this all assumes that Rudy continues to live in the same homophobic area (this is just an assumption based on the characters we've seen so far). If he moves away, he may be free from all of the crap.
Akira37 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
I would beat the crap out of any guy who tried to hurt my baby brother!
16bithero1995 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
I think Maria is fighting battles for Rudy because shes afraid to come out and is fighting Rudys battles so he doesn't get the harassment that she feels.
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student Writer
It strange to see Rudy get mad it doesn't seem like that's part of his character. Anyway that Todd guy is probably going to get destroyed by Maria.
14bj337 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Rain? Pffft, who's Rain? This comic is called "Rudy, Maria, and Gavin"!

Seriously, though, this is the first page where we see Rudy genuinely angry. It seems like a very sudden change; this may indicate that he's been repressing some troubled feelings, and that his happy-go-lucky attitude is something of a facade. Maybe he's angry at his bullies, or maybe he's upset with himself. Either way, he seems to be expressing his independence here; perhaps he feels that he's relied too much on Maria and Gavin, and doesn't want to drag them into his own problems. Maria, as usual, is acting as the protective older sister, while Gavin is doing the best he can to help his friends in a small way. I like how this chapter shows Rudy as a multidimensional character; we see him sad and angry for the first time.

Anyway, as for your comida por la mente: if I were in Maria's position (if someone very close to me were getting bullied), I think I would inform a figure of authority: a teacher, a counselor, even the principal. Even though Rudy says the teachers don't listen to him, I'm sure there's at least one adult at the school who would defend him (like Aunt Fara). I don't think I'm enough of a vigilante to resort to physical violence against a bully, although I might go so far as to confront him verbally (I worry, though, that that might actually make things worse). It's hard to say what Maria should do here (although I'm sure everyone reading would LOVE to see her unleash a can of whoopass on Todd).

I like the change in Maria's and Rudy's faces, from light and happy to serious and angry. I also like how "STOMP" in panel 6 diminished in size, as a means of indicating that Rudy was getting farther away. The one thing that troubles me about this page is how everyone has forgotten Rain. You know, the girl who ran away crying in that epic action scene on the last page? I mean, I could understand if they're just giving her time to cry it out, but I'm surprised that they don't even mention her in their talk (especially because Maria doesn't even know what went down). Still, I'm sure that this matter will be addressed in the upcoming pages
SHarles25 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Maria do what I expect from her to do, nothing is wrong, it's sisterhood ;)
AlmightyDjinn Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student Artist
I would higher a swanky lawyer on his behalf, with all the backlash about bullying at the moment and the way the school seems to condone it in this comic he could have a heck of a lawsuit ke ke ke. That or I would make him think I was baking up but just find out the easy way who had been doing it since in my experience bullies are also loud mouths and morons she probably could have asked around and he would have fessed up just to be a jerk with the whole "whatcha gonna do about it" response.
ritsu-x-mio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
hire* (:
AlmightyDjinn Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student Artist
LOL omg that was a horrible typo, thank you.
ritsu-x-mio Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Lol, it's kay. (:
Animasword Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm...tough call. I think if we were in her shoes we would protect him, but whether or not that's the right thing is another matter (after all, who's to say he won't just attack Rudy again in retaliation?)
whitefox00 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The thumbs. OoO
VioletUke93 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooooo someones in deep trouble.
celestialDeception Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I just have to say this... 'Brother's Keeper' is the name of a Danny Phantom episode.... Oh god, is it sad that that's the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this? xD

Either way though, like this page~ Yay for conflict .3.
Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Sad? Hardly! Danny Phantom is awesome! ^_^
celestialDeception Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Fuck yeah he is :la:
gaoyuqing Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
as painful as it is, fighting other people's battles is never good for anyone else involved unless it crosses a certain threshold. the best thing to do is to support the person affected and give them the confidence to stand up on their own. though steps could be made to let the other party know that your friend isn't standing alone.
dracocustos Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I think it depends. I would want to protect Rudy since he's obviously getting hurt, but at the same time he does have to learn to stand up for himself eventually, since there won't always be someone there to protect him in life. He asked her to stay out of it this time though, so I would likely keep my nose out of it unless he got seriously hurt.

I really love this comic, so glad someone pointed it out to me. ^_^
coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
She shouldn't for rudy, but maybe Todd needs a lesson...
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