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RAIN p152 - Silent Treatment by JocelynSamara RAIN p152 - Silent Treatment by JocelynSamara
(Kinda earlyish post. Whatever. I'm here; it's ready. Let's do this.)

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I admit, I’d be ticked if I was Kylie too. Though I imagine Gavin and Rudy probably WANT to tell him. But how?

Besides, Rudy’s falling more and more in the doghouse with Rain lately, and doesn’t need to top it off with outing her (again, if you count Chapter 1). And Gavin spent the first four chapters trying to get OUT of the doghouse; surely, he doesn’t need to screw it up again now.

If you were in their position, how would you respond? Is there a right way to approach this that would appease Kylie and NOT devastate Rain?

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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Oooooh. Been there before. It ALWAYS sucks to be the one left out.
UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I like it when Rudy shruggs his shoulders, he actually looks kind of cute like that.

But anyway, I don't believe there is a right way without causing some friction. I mean telling someone something important like that is not your place to do and should be the responsibility of the person in question. But knowing me, if I feel comfortable around this person enough I would say "my friend has something really serious going on and its best to talk to her about it when she feels comfortable." But who knows what someone like Ky would do if he heard that, he may just outwardly confront Rain about her issues and my suffer a couple of scraps and burns before they realize they are both in a similar situation. But hey, anything you can do for a friend I guess, even if it means sharing them in the pain of even having a secret.

Again, another good and somewhat thought provoking page (even if it was from commentary)
14bj337 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
*Sees Gavin's face in panel 4* Wait, has he been a Ditto this whole time?

Seriously, though, this page goes deeper into both the Rain-is-under-a-lot-of-pressure and Kylie-knows-something-is-up arcs. Rain's still upset at Rudy, so she won't listen to him, even when he's just trying to help. I've got to feel sorry for Rudy in all of this; he admires Rain and wants to be a good friend, but she takes everything he does the wrong way. Also, it's interesting that, in panel 2, her voice is in bold italics rather than the usual italics. This might suggest that her voice is slipping (due to all the stress), or it might just mean that she's talking loudly because she's frustrated.

Then Kylie pops in, continuing his investigation with Gavin and Rudy. They don't want to lie, but they also don't want to tell the truth, because they feel like they'd be betraying Rain. It's interesting to note how, even after Rudy almost revealed Rain's secret accidentally, he's not willing to reveal it when directly asked, showing his loyalty to Rain (plus, he's kind of in trouble with her as it is). Gavin also doesn't want to evoke the wrath of Rain, and he also feels very loyal to her - they were best friends, after all, and I get the feeling he wants to return to that sort of relationship. Unfortunately, this just leaves Kylie feeling confused and frustrated, and assuming the worst about Rain. I get the feeling that someone's going to get revealed this chapter... like, Kylie's going to hunt Rain down until she confesses, probably in private. Things are just working up towards a climax like that.

As for the question... honestly, I think Gavin and Rudy are doing the best they can in their position. They probably shouldn't lie to Kylie, but they don't want to reveal the truth (or even lead Kylie to the truth). That'd be a really bad position to be in (heck, I think EVERYONE's in a bad position this chapter), but Rain has to be the one to tell Kylie. I know she doesn't want to - it's not something she's comfortable with, and she's afraid she'll lose a friend - but it's the only way to keep herself from breakdown, and to keep Kylie as a friend. Dramatic irony, indeed.
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Writer
I'd like to point out that the bold italics is actually an accident. I totally never noticed I did that until you pointed it out right now. ^^;

That said, I'm going to leave it because I think it fits, given the situation. ^_^
MicronConvoy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Yeah it's definitely an awkward position to be in. I've learned that the best thing to do is shut the fuck up and explain to them its better that I do that. People are usually cool with that.
dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I kinda feel bad for Rudy... And guys, just tell Ky that it's not your place to say!
Annihilare Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Artist
Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
While I can understand that Rain is really stressed and such right now, I really don't think that Rudy deserves to be treated this way. He didn't dress as Ruby for Halloween to offend or upset her or anything - quite the opposite, in fact. He thinks she's really cool, and likely did this as a gesture of appreciation (so to speak). Now, if only he had a chance to EXPLAIN himself....

I also feel it worthy to note that I am not trying to bash Rain at all. I think she's a really neat character, and I quite like that she has flaws - namely this one.
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm glad you appreciate that. Rain is not perfect. She's really an average teenager, just like 90% of the rest of the cast. And as I've once said to someone else earlier on in this comic: this is one of the reasons I love writing teenage characters. There's so much room for them grow and learn and develop throughout a story. As such, sometimes even Rain will be wrong, despite that (or especially because) she's the main character.
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