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RAIN p236+237 - And Time Passes... by JocelynSamara RAIN p236+237 - And Time Passes... by JocelynSamara
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I really, really wanted to split this into two separate updates, but the pages really do go together. Understanding that kind of a lot happens on these two pages though, I’d be especially happy to hear some commentary.

And in case anyone asks, the final scene with Team Rain all gathered at her place does not include Chanel. Let’s just say she couldn’t make it… or maybe she just didn’t want to risk getting stuck sitting next to icky Gavin or Rudy or something.

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SwedishKuriboh Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Fabio cart? Wizards & Warriors 2, I presume? ;)

I absolutely love these subtle references, especially being a big fan of retro gaming myself! :D
minneal Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fabio Cart sounds AWESOME! XD
purplebunnygirl Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fabio Cart
I am done
OjouTsuki Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Everyone says Diamond Dash is so hard, but I can get through without falling off. :P
amyelise16 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
MicronConvoy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
I want to play Fabio cart. All the characters are male models in blouses and they throw fake butter, roses, and trashy romance novels at one another.
Harryeagle Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
I know right? DO WANT! Sounds awesome!
Ryu890 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012

:) I can just imagine a variaty of non-Italian voices saying "Super Fabio Brothers!" Or maybe "Super Fabio Sisters"? I dunno. :P Too overdoing it?
mortelkill Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
i like how throughout the comic you use fictionnal name on the game and movie you mention but its still easy to have in mind what game they are playing since its mostly just a few letter change on the name

is it to avoid copyright problem or just for fun?
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Writer
It is technically to avoid trouble with copyright infringement. But admittedly, it is also pretty fun. :XD:
Hawkflight-FAX Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Fabio Kart? ....Oh hell no. xD
1manydragon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Artist
uh whos aiken again
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Aiken is Rain's older brother: [link]
1manydragon Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Artist
Peacebird99 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Artist
I love it! ^_^
Jape27 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Heh heh... Fabio Cart... This is so well written Jocelyn, It's kind of amazing. If this were written one bit different I would hate it for the LGBT themes (I don't understand that stuff) but it's actually really entertaining. Keep up the good work.
MattFrack Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh I really love these two pages, the drawing quality for both of them is really excellent. I actually really like the background in the first panel of the first page and think it looks really good. It's also just nice to see them all happy and hanging out. Finding out a bit more about Chanel was also nice, and I really liked her facial expression in the last three panels of page 1. Of course, then the happy feels are a little bit dampened by worry of AIKEN. Who I forgot about.
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Writer
I probably shouldn't spoil the magic, but that background in the first panel is actually recycled from earlier pages (most notably, pages 10 and 25 [link] [link]). I did technically redraw it (I use a different brush in Photoshop now, so I needed to for consistency-sake), but it's not quite original on my part anymore. ^^;
Doomdragon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer




chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Writer
Fabio Cart?

PerilsOfRosella Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Rudy is panel 2 on the first page just makes me CRACK UP he is so adorable. He is so flaming, yet I know he really likes Rain... their relationship is positively precious. <3
darkdragonrose99 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I think these two pages are my favorite out of the whole series so far.
K0L7R Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
And now you have a horrible cliffhanger for Aiken.... I'm not going to feel sorry for him.
Rotoxys Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I want to play Fabio Cart too...
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Writer
Well there seems to be some piece finally even though Chanel seems to dislike men and might even know about Rain still good though. But now Aiken has called i wonder what's wrong.
PerilsOfRosella Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
It makes me wonder if she has a super sense, like Amber from Khaos Komix...
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student Writer
Maybe she does.
Xallamax Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Damnit Lynn! That's not fair! The cliff-hanger, the bloody cliff-hanger! I can't believe you'd do that to me! What have I done to deserve this fate?!

I'm going to have to drown myself in Guild Wars just to keep from thinking of all the terrible possible futures you wonderful, awful creature you!

....what do you mean I'm being melodramatic?! >:O
Animasword Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a such a cute page, and great way to tie everything up after all of the drama recently. My guess with Chanel is that she has some kind of phobia around guys (I really wish I could remember the actual term) which could probably come from a bad experience, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
As for the cliffhanger, it's pretty interesting but...remind me, is Aiken Rain's brother or Fara's current boyfriend, I forget which one.
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Writer
Aiken is Rain's brother. Fara's boyfriend's name is Colin.

Lots of characters to keep track of, I know. ^_^
Aegyl Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Androphobia is the word you're looking for.
coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Lol Fabio cart...

I'm wondering, was Chanel molested by a man maybe? Because she acts like someone I know... She's either possessive of Maria or totally afraid of men
maruul Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Hm... So, I'm guessing Chanel either
A.) Is a lesbian
B.) Is a man-hating feminist
C.) Had a bad experience with a guy/guys
or D.) all of the above
Guess we'll see.
GodzillaRulz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
why am i getting a bad feeling from the last 3 panels?
Freddy-kun Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
EmeraldCage Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Argh! Not a cliffhanger! ANYTHING but a cliffhanger!! D':
14bj337 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Argh... so much going on here! But I need sleep... I'll make sure to put a well-thought-out comment here tomorrow!
14bj337 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
And suddenly, five weeks in one page.

Seriously, though, this page is definitely an unconventional style. The whole "one week in a single page montage" was done once before with Gavin, way back when. Never before, though, have we seen a montage spanning over a month. This happens pretty frequently in stories though - pockets of activity, drama, interest, interspersed among comparatively vacant periods with less plot significance. We've already seen it to an extent: while the first, sleepover, and party chapters were all limited to a very particular time and space, the others have either spanned a longer time expanse or multiple settings.

Interestingly, at first, I couldn't tell it was Rain doing the narrating. By the time she mentioned "Rudy and I", though, it became obvious. In retrospect, I should have realized it, given that the text was italicized. Since it was "Maria's very own chapter", though, I at first assumed she would be narrating. Still, it may be Maria's chapter, but it's Rain's comic, and she's not about to let us forget it, heh heh.

As far as character development goes, though, we get to learn a little more of Chanel and Emily. It's the first time Chanel's general dislike towards boys has been stated outright (of course, we've gotten clues enough from the Three Muskedorks). I'm not certain of the nature of the dislike, though; the panel with the trio suggests disgust, while the panel with Gavin looks more like fear. As much as I hate to make Fire Emblem comparisons (screw it, I love to), I'm reminded of how Florina would hide behind Lyn when meeting any male characters. Oh, and her "suspicion" of Rain reminds me of the laguz's ability to sense the "branded". The suspicion, though, is curious - perhaps Chanel actually possesses the elusive transceiver? If they have been hanging out a lot, though, I'm surprised they'd all be able to keep the secret (read: I'm surprised that RUDY would be able to keep the secret). Oh, and the jersey she's wearing is really the first canon clue into the "Word of God" note that she's supposed to be a sports fan. Subtle, but well-placed.

As far as Emily goes, we see that her "alpha bitch" persona hasn't been eliminated entirely, but limited to when she's angry. I'm not saying that Emily herself has changed; merely that what we see of her is different. I've honestly been surprised by this change in presentation: a character initially set up as a rival has now become a friend.

As I ramble on and on, I just noticed the expressions in panel 2. Either Rudy's being adorable and Rain's being embarrassed, or Rudy's totally creeping and Rain's scared for her life. Or somewhere in between. But really, I'd call that Rudy's cutest appearance so far, even if his finger is a little wonky.

As far as Gavin's "certain girl" goes... the only one's we've seen him attracted to so far are Rain and Maria. He's been over Maria, though, since Rudy's meme-worthy interruption, and I doubt he'd mention it to Rain (even without name) if it were Rain he was interested it. Still, though, he hasn't really interacted with any other girls yet... but to be fair, we are kind of skipping over five weeks here, so stuff could have gone down. Still, I haven't the foggiest.

And as for the ending... OH MY GLOB. The almost-forgotten older brother Aiken finally makes a return appearance, if only over the phone. And something vague is wrong! And it's almost Christmas! Hm... I doubt the next chapter will be the obligatory Christmas chapter, as there are still, like 20-some weeks (at least 40 updates, assuming no hiati) until the actual holiday. Instead, maybe it'll be an Aiken chapter, followed by a Christmas chapter?

Lynn, I swear... if you don't put Aiken in the next chapter, you're basically being the most awful tease in history! And then I'll be forced to write a "My Immortal"-grade Rain fanfic out of spite. Bah hah hah, totally kidding; I would never be so cruel to your awesome work. Seriously, wherever the next chapter leads, I'm always interested.

Oh, and "Fabio Cart"? Personally, I always preferred "Smash Group Driving". ;P
Razzp Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Heheh, Fabio cart...
CrazyChief Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
can i say that i like yet hate this cliffhanger the only reason why i hate it is because well i never liked cliffhangers but this one makes me want to think what could it be i guess i have to wait
Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
very nice pages, i like the new "this world" version of Mario Cart you came up with, very funny. so Chanel really hates guys huh? i wonder what her issue is and if she and Maria are really dating. i mean it would fit, considering how close they seem to have become and her utter distaste for guys. finally, i gotta wonder whats up with Aiken. he calls out of the blue (right around Christmas no less) and there seems to be a problem. i guess were gonna have to wait and see how this turns out
Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
Chapter End.
kalistina Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh. Bad news.

I really liked this whole chapter :)
Ninjacampr7 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist
Cliff Hanger!! (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
nightwerewolf16 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
damn you cliff hangars!
Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
I'll post a proper comment later, but I thought I should point out a typo I spotted; in the "Fabio Cart" panel (which has made my day, by the way), Rain SHOULD say "For once, it seems like everything is going well", as opposed to "For once, it seems like everything it going well".
Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Oh, and you switch tenses randomly in the first panel's third speech bubble; it should probably say "There is no serious drama and no fighting".
Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Or, better yet, "There are no serious dramas" -really, whatever floats your boat. The past tense just feels odd to me.
lostwizard Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
There's actually nothing particularly wrong about the text in the first panel. This is Rain telling a story and/or writing in a diary. There's no reason to expect linguistic excellence. Incidentally, the way I perceive it is that the first panel is a general narrative panel with the other panels being flashbacks or excepts from a diary or something like that.

A note on the "drama" bit: drama as a singular noun refers to the state of being dramatic in this case, thus a singular usage is actually correct (the state is singular). This is a very common usage in English, at least in my neck of the woods.

As far as the "Just friends having fun" fragment goes, one generally assumes the "tense" of such a fragment matches that of the previous verb. In this case, the sentence would really be "There were just friends having fun." (or "we were").

And as far as the switching tenses bit, that's not really the case. The first and third bubbles are both in the narrative past tense. The second is describing characteristics of the characters that the narrator believes are still current (at the time of writing). Thus, there is nothing wrong with the choice of tenses.
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Writer
Duly noted on both accounts. I plan to fix it, but DA's being fussy at the moment, so I'll have to come back to this later. -_-
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