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RAIN p170 - Selective Hearing by JocelynSamara RAIN p170 - Selective Hearing by JocelynSamara
(Early, because I feel like it.)

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I technically have a lot to say about this page, but Iím having trouble putting it into words without directly giving anything away. Please feel free to express your thoughts as you see fit though. ^_^

Also, finally, we get hints about Maria and Rudy for the first time this chapter. Do we dread to know whatís going on in that householdÖ or are we eager to see? ;)

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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ben50444 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Honestly? If it wasn't Rudy, I'd expect no one to even tell the parents.

Because it IS Rudy, I expect lots of hugging.
Zoogoo40 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
for future reference, I think its spelled 'Hun' (or that's how I spell it)
LittleWolfDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Writer
I. Want. To. Know. What's. Happened. With. Rudy. And so I have a question, Rain has the gender of a girl, but the sex of a male, we do not know her preference. Rudy has the sex and gender of a male, with a shown preference of males. He kissed Rain. But did he kiss Rain the girl? Rain the complex female with male genitalia? Or Rain as the guy? The last one doesn't appear to make sense, as Rudy is pretty intelligent and sees and knows all that stuff. But I kind of have to wonder... If I saw a gay/les person kissing someone that looked like a girl/guy (depending on the situation) that sort of makes me think "oh, slightly bi." not straight. >.> And if that person was trans, as Rain is, what is that "called?" that's a terribly insensitive way to word it, I know... but I don't know how else to word it. It's one of those confusing situations. Like bigenderism. If a person is bigender, and likes guys and girls, are they technically gay or straight? Sorry, that last one was more for my own thoughts that sparked because of this.
Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
cant wait to see whats going on in their house, bad or not
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Writer
It the fact that nobody could think of Rain as a boy that is what makes it all good in a way. I can just imagine Maria screaming at Rudy, she should continue in the morning with Rudy's hangover. And then of course after she screamed at Rudy she started to drink to calm down. It must be very interesting at there household, i look forward to seeing or hearing about it. I could probably so more but it might take me a while.On to the next one.
14bj337 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
And with that, Gavin's hatedom falls to zero.

Seriously, though, this page is pretty text heavy (always a good thing), and it provides more details, both on the party situation and on character development. That Maria would "down beer like a champ" (I love the word choice, by the way) comes as a bit of a surprise, given her prior prudishness. Perhaps she had a moment of "ah, screw it all", or maybe she was tired of being the "mom", and just gave in to reckless abandon. As for Rudy, it's likely he was hiding after the big kiss - he would have been full of guilt and confusion, needing to sort through his own feelings before facing everyone else. Gavin's last words look like a promising lead in, to a page set at the Strongwell's house (although I wouldn't be surprised at a fake lead-in, either).

And, speaking of Gavin, he really shows how he's developed since Rain slept over. He notes that the other students would be "wrong on both accounts", one of them being that Rain is a guy. It looks like Gavin finally accepts Rain as a girl, not just a guy who thinks he's a girl. The time he spent talking with Rain in chapter 4 (combined with the roughly two months of empty space he's had, in which to think) has caused him to realize that Rain is a girl, that she has been all along, even as Ryan. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if Gavin still has some internal dissonance: is he really able to think of his old friend and his new friend as the same person? Externally, he appears to have resolved everything... but I wouldn't be surprised if he still has lingering difficulties reconciling his old and new perspectives (after all, it can be hard to overcome the revelation that someone you thought you knew is actually very different, especially if that person was your best friend). At the very least, though, he's definitely made a good deal of progress. (Damn, I love analyzing Gavin WAY too much...) It's a shame that Rain doesn't notice; admittedly, she has her own self-confidence problem right now, which Gavin and Fara help to alleviate.

And, speaking of Fara, I love how she brings her usual snarky humor to the page, in panel 1. At the same time, she seeks to encourage Rain in her ability to pass. Rain, it seems, has forgotten all the love letters she got on her first day... seriously, there's no one at school who doubts she's anything other than she appears (except for the few who know... and maybe Emily, who only has a vague grudge against her). Also, the face Fara gave towards Gavin, in panel 4... that just made the page. Might Fara be acting as something of a lampshade, reflecting what the readers are thinking of Gavin right now (as everyone but Rain is able to see his subtle attempts to win Rain's favor/attention)? I mean, she already lampshaded a few pages back...

GAH, how do I write so much? I swear, I just spent, like, a half-hour on this. I guess Rain is just like a drug: it consumes my life, but I love it too much to stop coming back. (heh heh!) Anyway, another great page, full of humor, exposition, and development!
chucarnaj-peace Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
now im worried about what Rudy and Maria's father will say if they figured out
coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
I love aunt Fara's expression in panel four for some reason.
VioletUke93 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bet Rudys parents are being all proud that he kissed a girl
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