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Hey, look! It’s the main character! Remember her? And yes, Rain is sitting there throughout that entire conversation (you can see her arm in certain panels). She’s just not paying attention.

We all know what Rain’s reading by now, but what’s Emily got there? I was thinking she’s probably not the manga type. I could see her being into classic literature though, like “Dignity and Defamation” (wink).

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mhtg Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014   General Artist
For the sake of new readers, Do NOT read the comments below if you want to avoid spoilers
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ok knowing what we do now...it makes sense that she was sick for a time not long after Halloween...

Didn't remember this one when we find out later.
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mhtg Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014   General Artist
I know right, Rereading while KNOWING everything we do know really puts a different light on things I mean before we thought little of those calls between Fara and Kellen....
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
To be fair Kellen has lived up to her reputation as being nosy.
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mhtg Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014   General Artist
Well she definitely call afford a little more coth, at the very least, but look at how Gavin was when he initially found out, while he may have respected Rain's right to privacy a little better, his reaction wasn't the best either, albeit for different reasons.
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think Gavin's reaction wasn't unlike many a teenager who doesn't know how to express themselves would behave in the same situation. It really came out of left field for him. I mean I know I would have been a little miffed and weirded out at his age (just 10 short years ago) too. Kellen on the other hand, while maybe not a grown up, at the very least should know better. (If Kellen is a grown up that means I'm a grown up!!! That's too scary to think about!)
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mhtg Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014   General Artist
Remember that their father made a point to shelter them from LGBT issues, that can easily carry, she hadn't had the chance to learn better, where as Gavin's father is gay, and so were 2 (3 counting Rain who didn't know at the time) of his best friends, comparatively, Gavin has had WAY more exposure, this could be the first time Kellen hasn't just avoided anyone from the LGBT community, her social tolerance has never had the chance to build up,
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's a good point.
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mhtg Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014   General Artist
True, but then's there's the exposure issue, Rain's father made a point to shelter his children from LGBT, as a result, there's lasting messages from him.
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On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose but the same could be said of many parents about a variety of issues and their offspring  are able to over come prejudices. Rain had the same father yet was able to make the choice to reject his way of thinking. Part of that might be living with Fara who accepted her no matter what. Part of that might be that she is younger than her siblings. Yet they all had the same choice to either accept or reject their father's way of thinking.
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mhtg Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014   General Artist
Another part is that Rain happens to be trans, and even though she didn't know it at the time, homosexual as well. But she wasn't unaffected by his phobias either. When coming out to Emily, she recalled that Fara had to coax her into coming out to her, and when she initially realized she was gay, she had a brief period of denial. Yes they all had the same choice, and I believe (based on Fara comparing Aiken to their father and his response to the comparison) that they all chose to reject his way of thinking, but putting that choice into practice, like stopping a bad habit (albeit with a little more bearing and emotional anchoring) is likely easier said than done, oftentimes prejudices in a family take multiple generations to overcome, even after a generation decides that those prejudices are wrong.
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akainu0 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Oh yeah, Rain exists.
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dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've done that sort of thing before, but I usually look up a few seconds after I hear my name...
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Blexar Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Ohh crap. I read it all in one night and I just realise there is no more yet. T_T

Ps: I love it. Being trans myself I can relate to this
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Eunacis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Writer
I wrote an Audio Play based on the first chapter, would you like the PDF?
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Doomdragon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know what the name of the book is but I know what it's about.

It's going to be about a neglected boy who lives in his aunt and uncle's cabinet and one day gets a letter saying he's a wizard! So he goes to the train station but on the way there the train crashes into an island with polar bears and a GIANT SMOKE MONSTER so he and the other passengers must survive until rescue... or so they thought until they discovered an abandoned laboratory dedicated to the research of an ancient virus that mutated turning people into zombies!! So they must defend their small colony of Reach until the hero Snake Pliskin can get there to stop the zombies with his giant blue dragon and in the end it was all in a snow globe being imagined in the mind of a small autistic child...
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Success888 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Oh god not the snow globe thing, too much feels passing through me ARGGGHHH
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Doomdragon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's the twist endings that hit you the hardest
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
I remember "Dignity and Defamation"! I read it shortly after "High Aspirations", both of which were the year following "The Crimson Symbol" and "Pitcher in the Wheat".

Seriously, though, we finally get to see more of Rain! And Emily... hooray. This page keeps up the gym continuity, only this time we're on the other side of the locker room doors. We learn that, indeed, Emily was absent from school on the day of Maria's announcement. While she may or may not have actually been sick, she's likely been distraught about Chase for a while (I'm assuming that's what she's referring to, in saying her "perfect year is ruined). Holly... oh, Holly. She's actually becoming one of my favorite secondary characters (and it's not for those "two big reasons" Debbie suggested, I'll have you know!), if only because she always carries the punchline. I love her "shocking announcement" in panel 4... the empty panel 3 makes the timing perfect for many lulz. Rain appearing at the end of the page came as something as a surprise (it probably shouldn't have, given that she's, you know, the main character and all) - I love how you did it, with a bit of her arm hanging over the edge. That Emily takes a few ellipses to actually talk to Rain suggests the awkward situation where you're with someone you sort of know, and you've both been there for a minute or so, but haven't said anything, and you try to strike up some droll conversation... you could say I've been there. I'm curious as to how their conversation will go: Emily's supposed to be a sort of antagonist, but I'm not getting evil vibes from her right now. Perhaps the next page will have them conversing... or perhaps it'll be inside the gym, featuring the triumphant return of the long-missed, but never-forgotten Mrs. Parker!

This is a class-A page, no doubt. A well-executed joke, a surprise appearance, and a good lead-in for what the next page is without describing what it's about. I'm looking forward to Wednesday.
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superdeformedchibi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Clever! I love the titles you came up with. I'm feeling a little stupid cause I didn't get "High Aspirations". Wait, is it "Wuthering Heights" or am I way off?
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Close! It's supposed to be "Great Expectations". Funnily enough, I read both of them around the same time (summer homework, had me a blech...).
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superdeformedchibi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah, I can't believe I didn't get that one. The Grease reference I do get...nice one. I may try that version for karaoke some time.
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
*blink blink* Oh, hi there. ^_^
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BeckiSaysRawr Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Rain looks especially adorable in this one! :)
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Writer
Poor Emily her year is ruined and she keeps getting bugged by Holly. And yeah Rain's back and not paying attention at all. Did she forget her clothes again or just sick, i get the feeling that she does that a lot. Fun page though.
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transgendergamer Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
XD I might have more in common with Rain than I thought.
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samrules4 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
"forget your gym clothes yet again"

i think i can tell what she meant XD
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FenrirDarkWolfe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
There you are Rain! I was beginning to wonder where you disappeared too!
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mayfirerose Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL She WAS there the entire time!
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chucarnaj-peace Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
its true!!!
there is Rains arm lol
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ComedyGangster Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
x3 Rain is SO cute!!! I love her!!!
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coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Huh? Lol
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AuraVampyre Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Uhhh... What does she mean by her perfect year is ruined?
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Oh, yeah, I forgot about the kiss ruining the Halloween party. That could definitely be it. My first thought, though, was that she was referring to her break-up with Chase that ruined her year.
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Animasword Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The halloween party was meant to be the icing on the cake of her perfet year where everyone would remember how awesome her party was, and she would be in the highest social circles, but all anyone remembers is that Rain and Rudy kissed at the party, and everyone's forgotten about her. At least I think that's what it's supposed to mean.
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KirukaChan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet Emily's got an adult picture book there. Her perfect year is already ruined, so she may as well go full-on rebel.
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chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Writer
Holly is so spacey. And Rain just got dragged into the world of manga.
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Sabre-Night Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
heeeeey 222 :D
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
interesting page, poor Emily keeps getting bothered by Holly about Maria lol
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