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RAIN p175 - The "Real You" by JocelynSamara RAIN p175 - The "Real You" by JocelynSamara
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I should probably mention that while all the other characters get the day off today, Kylie goes to public school. But being hungover is just enough of a loophole to keep him home and make this scene happen. ^_^

Heather really is a different breed of “oppressive guardian” than the Strongwell parents. She really wants what’s best for her sibling; I mean, she genuinely cares. She just doesn’t get it. She’s blind to Kylie’s reasons for doing what he does. That said, it probably doesn’t help that even Kylie is also filled with uncertainty most of the time.

So when Heather says, “the real you”, she’s not really trying to be a bitch. Ignorant perhaps, but not with any active malice. The odd thing is that she doesn’t even seem unsupportive of Kylie showing interest in a girl…

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tucraz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Heather really doesn't bother me that much because her comments aren't overboard. She's not deliberately mean or hateful to Ky. And in her defense, transgender really isn't as commonplace in everyday life as say gay, lesbian, or bisexuality, which does make it lesser known and less likely for her to know and therefore understand much about it. On the other hand, even Heather has kissed a girl (for instance: Fara) so that's much easier for her to relate to. None of which makes anything any better for Ky, but helps us understand Heather a bit more.
Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012

Probably one of the most difficult situations to be in. A loved one who believes what they're doing or saying to you is 'for your own good'. That they're 'protecting you'.

Avistew Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
I totally didn't see "the real you" as something offensive. I interpreted it as "don't hide part of yourself" and I think trans struggles are part of who they are and the "real them" is the one who is willing to make themselves vulnerable to show who they are and where they come from. Know what I mean?
I didn't realise she meant "the real you, that is, a girl not a boy" or something like that.
coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Kylie's hair is pretty awesome here. I totally took "the real you" in a completely different way. Like Heather meant, the real you as in the physical gender, but in quotations because the real Kylie is Heathers weird little sister(who dresses like a boy). Which i guess i made it sound worse than it did in my head.

the bitchy part is where she asked Kylie to "quit this charade." IMO! of course
Yitomic Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
She just wants to be accepted for what she feels on the inside and because she is uncertain about it she feels the need to do what he does because it is the only reasonable action in his mind not knowing. Or so I would think...
demigodchaos Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
wha how did I miss this turn.... and now I have even more reason to watch your comic keep it up *waits for the next and sends you a hug*
Doomdragon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
SophSenkai Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Heather's face in panel 5 =_=
14bj337 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
After how badly Kylie treated Heather while she was hung over, perhaps there is some justice in this.

Seriously, though, this page is the first instance of Heather and Kylie interacting without Rain or Fara present. On the one hand, I really Heather's sense of humor, as well as her care for, and attention to, her sister. On the other hand, she doesn't really understand Kylie's crisis of identity, interpreting his presenting as a guy as nothing more than a "charade". Of course, Kylie's not purposely being deceitful, he's just expressing himself as he wants to. Still, he hasn't been completely honest; his friends perceive him as a "normal" guy, not as genderqueer at all. On the one hand, who hasn't kept secrets from their friends? It's part of the human desire for privacy. On the other hand, if he wants a real connection of trust with Rain (or with any of the rest of the main cast), he's going to have to be completely honest. He already confronted these thoughts in the mall, and it looks like he's going to come out for real this time around. Kylie and Rain's mutual revelation has been bound to happen since they met, and it looks like the suspense (and the massive amount of irony that has been built up) is about to break. Also, Heather's use of the term "real you" raises the question: who is the real Kylie? I think the biggest issue is that he himself doesn't know who he is. A person's gender is one of the most important markers of that person's place, identity, and relation to others in community and in society. Without a solid gender identity, Kylie's perception of his identity and his place among others is at risk. (Not to say that one can't have a strong identity without making a gender association, just that a person who moves between the genders can't use their gender identity as a stabilizing point).

Wow... sorry about that gigantic wall of text... I really don't have an excuse for this one. Anyway, it looks like the mutual revelation is imminent, and I could not be more excited. Do it, Kylie, and obtain main character status officially!
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student Writer
Well i expect that Kylie will introduce himself as he is physically, probably to the delight of Rain. I think that Rain will also introduce herself physically as well.But i don't know if Kylie even knows himself yet so i guess that's tough to say. But i don't think Heather cares after all she herself is a bit bi she did kiss Aunt Fara after all.
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