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RAIN p184 - Transcendence by JocelynSamara RAIN p184 - Transcendence by JocelynSamara
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Confused, yet? :O_o:

This page could also be called “Mindblow” or “WTF!? Grrfmblrgarhmfzzlegrblmarghhh!”, you know, depending on how willing you are to accept Rudy’s revelation. I settled with “Transcendence” because it is basically relevant though (and I love me some wordplay).

Special mention goes to the black and white scenes. The first two are from actual scenes earlier in the comic. The first portrays Rudy’s first display of admiration for Rain (from page 21 - The Truth Is). The second is from a scene in which he and Rain discussed the Strongwell home life (on page 39 - Slight Overreaction), making Rudy actually the first character to open up to Rain about his past. The third black and white panel isn’t any specific scene, but a simple montage of the three most antagonistic characters in the story: Emily, Todd and Father Quenton (although, only Emily has been particularly notable thus far). BUT! The “bumped into you on the first day” remark refers to Rain and Rudy’s first meeting (page 16 - Crash).

There’s lots more allusion throughout the comic thus far too. I’ve had this confession planned since day one after all. Don’t believe me? Read it again, and focus on Rudy. ^_^

But regardless of nearly 200 pages of build up, Rain looks… iffy. How will things proceed from here, I wonder.

(Long blurb is long...) ^^;

©2004-2012
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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:iconfairportfan:
Fairportfan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Oh, wow.
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:iconlexiiie:
Lexiiie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I think I see a parallel between the storyline and the excerpt from Rain's favorite manga... The scene at the party and this vs the betrayal and the part that Rain spoiled. Just my random thinking though. P:
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
You only see that now? XD
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
The truth is....we put labels on these kinds of things all the time...

Love? Our emotions....they're much more fluid and complicaited then people like to believe....
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wolf-blazer Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Interface Designer
*IN THE MIND OF WOLF-BLAZER!!!*
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
"But the truth is..."

I'm still waiting for Rudy to finish his sentence before I finalize my thoughts. Still, a very interesting and unexpected twist!
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16bithero1995 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Curse you and your cliffhangers! I swear the next time you do this I'm gunna...
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:iconblueshadez:
Blueshadez Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
._. Lynn I swear you're trying to cliff hang us as many times as you possibly can.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Writer
Making cliffhangers is one of 108 secret talents? :XD:
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darkdragonrose99 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
I think the title "WTF aldkfoiadshflrkgnasoidfhalwekgmnfasidfyhalseknef" Fits the best honestly. Because that, along with Mindblown, is how I'm feeling right now. AND excited for the next one!!!!!
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isha-quetzal Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Rain trascends mere genders!
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My first reaction would be to have them date...that would solve a lot of problems and they would basically be trolling everyone which is hilarious to me...Not trolling in general that is...just this kind where only jerks are not in on a joke and no one really gets hurt...unless you are a jerk who doesn't like gay people and trans people. But they're jerks so who cares!

But it wouldn't be right if they didn't love each other. Or at least have mutual interest. And Maria's still in the mix here...
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Writer
Well surprise surprise i guess. So it seems the reason that Rudy likes Rain isn't based on gender instead its based on Rain's personality. That being said i am pretty sure Rudy is still gay. But i guess it does make sense in a way that Rudy has always liked Rain even down to his little stun at the party. But i guess its a one girl attraction for Rudy. Still he's the first one to open up to Rain. I get this weird thought that Maria will tell Rain she likes her and then try to seduce and kiss her,but that might just be me. But darn now i have to wait to Friday for the next one.
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Nelekra Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Lol this reminds me of a convo I had with the first friend I ever came out to x-x He is gay and had a crush on me for 4 years and it went a lot like this >< too close to home lol xP but I love it :)
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Werewolf-Hero Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
im going to go cray now.
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MakotoTaka Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm... I think I'm going to save my in-depth comments for the next page...
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
So, while Gavin, Maria, and Kylie have all been treading carefully, Rudy launches himself out of a cannon into the lead. Yep, that's our Rudy.

Seriously, though, shocking revelation is shocking. I wasn't convinced until this page that Rudy's feelings toward Rain were romantic, but at this point it'd be hard to deny. So, that's what it's come to - every other main character is romantically attracted to Rain (aside from Fara, for obvious reasons). This sets up the field for some serious drama (revelations, jealousy, gossip, rivalry, and all that fun stuff), and Rain's caught in the middle of it. It's gonna be a tough year.

Rudy shows a lot of courage in what he's doing here, and his speech highlights some Rain's strengths, which she often forgets she has. Rudy confesses more than love - he confesses his admiration for her, for her strength to be who she really is. His words of praise are genuine; hopefully Rain recognizes that. And, while his speech in the last panel may have come out clumsily (as in, possibly offensively), his heart is still in the right place, and he still speaks from it.

As for Rudy's sexuality? He likes Rain. He's also attracted to guys. Calling Rudy "gay" or "bisexual" is just attaching an imperfect label that doesn't describe him with full accuracy (perhaps a better term would be "Rainsexual", just as Amanda was "Laviesexual"). Beyond that, there are differences between romantic and sexual attractions; what Rudy expresses sounds strongly like a romantic attraction (which may or may not be sexual). If you make a person into a set of tags, you will never understand that person for who they really are.

Anyway, that's all I've got for today. Yet another fantastic page, Lynn! Although, with the revelation this early, I can't help but wonder where the chapter can go from here...
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kalistina Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If It's You It's Okay~

I'm starting to really, really love this character.
Also, I really like Rain's faces in the last line.
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Xallamax Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah, I see.

I think a friend of mine and I have the opposite "problem", when he first heard about me being trans, it was a huge shock to him. I don't think he understands much but, well, I don't blame him, it's a difficult concept to comprehend. Anyway, I think that he'll always see me as a guy, even after the transition.

But anyway, in the context of Rudy and Rain, it's probably a bad idea for them to be intimate... Rudy may love her well enough, but, if sex is important to either of them in the relationship (and I assume neither of them are asexual, I could be wrong!) Rudy might no longer be attracted to her after the reassignment surgery.

Not only that, be Rain needs to be treated like the woman she is, at least in my experience, transwomen have trouble feeling like "one of the girls", and still be on the outside looking in of feminine subcultures not specifically catering to them.

...and that's my expert analysis on comic book romantic subplots... anyone want a thesis topic?
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Flutterella Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
To be fair, we don't know if Rain wants to get SRS; (and considering the expense of it doesn't mean she'll be able to get it as soon as she'd like to.)

And we don't know about Rudy in regards to his attitude towards genitals. (There's plenty of people for whom it isn't a dealbreaker after all. I can perfectly understand it being one though.)
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Xallamax Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
True... it still seems like it'd be a stretch though. I'm not sure Rudy would be able to treat his partner as a woman if he will be seeing them as a man, since that's what seems to be going on.
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Flutterella Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, I'm not sure about that. The vibe I'm getting is that this is the only girl Rudy could be interested in. (Sorta a reverse of the whole "I'd go gay for you" thing.)
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Xallamax Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah, as in he might be homoflexible? If you're unfamiliar with the term, it's basically homosexuality with the rare man/woman that you go for. That'd make sense.
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Flutterella Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yep, that's what I mean.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Writer
Actually, for what it's worth, Rain has more or less said she plans to go through SRS. It's not necessarily like she outright said it, but it is implied. [link]
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Flutterella Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah, okies, my bad then. ^^;
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Kleptoid Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
i've been there rudy
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Animasword Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...I figured Rudy admired Rain on some level because of the way she expressed herself but...I never expected it to lead to that. I guess he's more complicated than we first though.
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coppro Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I'm getting too savvy; I thought it was a cliffhanger, then I realized which three words would make the best cliffhanger, so it's probably them.
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pikaman6 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I hate clifhanges T_T
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Zoogoo40 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I. WANT. MORE. UPLOAD. NOAW!
But seriously, I love your work, it's interesting. I'm guessing that you've had some of these experiences in your live, and you're trying to put it in a way the public can understand through Rain's eyes?
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SilenceIzumi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
"MindRaped" Sounds about right.
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BoiChick Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Hgnnnnnn oh god that "physically a boy" thing pisses me off, it's very ignorant. I am not physically a girl, I'm a guy and my body is mine -- it's a guy's body. Bodies don't have genders. Physically still male/female is... a little better... but it's like, "Dude, I know that, you don't have to remind me."

But he said it himself, he's gay. He probably wouldn't be able to handle her transitioning physically, and if she's not the type of girl who doesn't want/need to transition, it wouldn't work out in the long run and would just be painful for those involved.
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FluffyVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but the truth is.... ~falls out of her chair~
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Lahar0 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Talk about a killing cliffhanger this is by far the most suspense you have left us with since the begining nya ^-^ and im loving it

tough i have to say since last page confesion my iner fan girl has been kinda in a coma of happiness weirdness and total dissbelieff cuase she didnt saw that one comming nya hahaha ^-^

love the work so far and im sure ill loe anything you trow at us nya ^-^
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SirCalistine Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Okay I just want to punch him in the face for being like no offense youre physically still a boy. This is definitely a twist I didn't see coming though.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's not into guys. You said it yourself that Rain is based on you; and as far as I know you're not into men, so I doubt she is too.
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Blueshadez Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Either way, even if she's not into guys doesn't mean she can't be into Rudy.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Writer
I believe the only thing I've ever said is that "Rain's sexuality remains unclear at this time", and technically, it still is.

As for her connection to me, well, there's a very distinct difference between "Rain is based on me" and "Rain is exactly like me". Rain is a lot like me, but she's isn't my carbon copy or anything.
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moonpuppy4 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
yeah...there really was. (don't have to read it again to remember) I just never took it that way because...well, he's gay, not bi
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louisdragon109 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
lol Rudy is better then Chris Angel

MIIIIIIND FREAK o3o
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
damn you Lynn, you and your cliffhangers lol nice page though
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Doomdragon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
YES!! IT'S HAPPENING!!
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Doomdragon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*starts giggling maniacally and uncontrollably* I KNEW SOMEDAY THE RuIn PAIRING WON'T SPROUT IT'S WINGS AND TAKE FLIGHT!!!

...Wow my inner fangirl is TOTALLY taking control right now
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Doomdragon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is like the moment I've been waiting for OuO *still fangirling* RaVin just isn't for me, and MaRain? No thank you, I will have my RuIn to go if you please~

...I just created pairing names e3e someone kill me now before I keep going...
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puddintane Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
What about... Kyain? KyxRain doesn't really have any good way to be shortened...:(
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Doomdragon Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
FFFFF Damn it I had RYlie/KyAin in my head but I forgot =3=; even worse because it's my 2nd favorite Rain Canon fanpairing and 3rd Non Canon

2(3). RYlie/KyAin/Rain x Kylie
1(2). RuIn/RainY/Rain x Rudy
(1). Guillermo's Harem/Guillermo x EVERYONE!!!!
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isha-quetzal Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Kyrain, I think, sounds about right.
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NevermoreFox Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1Tailkitsune has died because of this Mind blowingly awesome page
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