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Speculation time!

Gavin does seem to be pretty preoccupied.  Does that mean he hasn't acknowledged Rain simply because something else (potentially more pressing?) is going on in his life?  And if so, what could that possibly be?  Who is he even talking to?  I mean, if you go back to the first few chapters, Gavin and Rain had a rocky start.  He's been a pretty loyal friend to her since then though.  You'd think he could spare ten seconds of his time encouraging a dear friend, right?

But then, what if he IS actively avoiding Rain?  Is that a possibility?  Is there any reason why he would do that?  Just what is going through that boy's head right now?

At least the other three are supportive though, right?  That counts for something.  It's three more supporters than Rain probably thought she'd have.


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:iconakainu0:
akainu0 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
There's Gavin. (beat) There goes Gavin.

Well, thanks for showing up to set man, here's a participation trophy.
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JBtwoseven Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Personally, I think Gavin could just be lovestruck. Although I've never experienced it firsthand, by observation there are those people who just get caught up in another person when they think they like them. Whether she rejects him or not, chances are he'll be more or less back to normal in a few weeks.
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Iconix88 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Rain is definitely being kinda self centered here, but it's hard to fault her for it. She's in such an emotionally insecure and fragile state that there's no way for her not to take everything as some kind of slight against her. I hope Gavin, being the one friend who knew her previous self, can give some reassurance that he still only sees Rain, because I think their history would make that a powerful statement coming from him
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FaebornStarseed Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's his girlfriend or family... probably his girlfriend.
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:iconon2xsecretprobation:
On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Rain is so used to being the center of attention...it isn't all about you Rain!

Though admittedly it seems that way to a teenager and it takes time to come to the realization that it isn't all about you.

Though, come on Gavin...how about a little support for your friend?
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:iconsomanyspectrums:
But, the comic is called Rain. Didn't Gavin get the memo? Wait, would that be blatantly crashing through a fourth wall? Ah, well, I guess he can be excused.
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:iconon2xsecretprobation:
On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
It would be nice if he was a little more aware though...
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Student Writer
Oh Rudy, we know you are trying. As for Gavin, it sure seems like he is just preoccupied by something mostly likely Ana. So don't worry Rain, he's just worried about Ana he'll notice you again. Wow! Gavin must have it bad if he is that preoccupied with a phone call. I guess we will see what happens though.
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:iconpurplegoesbothways:
purplegoesbothways Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"when a Maaaa-an loves a woman, can't think of nothin else..."
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GlassMouse89 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist
I totally get why Rain's inner jerkbrain is running amok, but she's also being really self-centered here. Again, I get it, but Gavin has been sitting there looking concerned and sad during the entire conversation. Rain IS kind of a drama vortex and while this counts as actual crisis, I can't really fault Gavin for not having the energy to get involved. Rain is pretty good at being supportive when people actively and explicitly come to her with their problems, but at some point she's gonna have to learn to actually ask and take an active interest in other people's lives (it's telling that during that first therapy scene it wasn't until Carmen had already left that Rain got her head out of her butt enough to say something nice to/about the girl). That would also help the "jump to conclusions assuming that everything's about me" problem she has.
Basically, if Gavin "owes" Rain a nice compliment, Rain "owes" Gavin a question about why he's looking so uncharacteristically worried.
Again, I totally get it, and from a writing perspective it's a very believable look at a until-recently-sheltered teenage girl. I'm just looking forward to seeing her grow up in this regard. Being a "high-maintenance" friend is not a problem. Being bad at reciprocal support is.
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Freddy-kun Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dude he's obsessed with his new i-wish-you-were-my girlfriend. He'll be back, once he's done being all ANA and he'll be a great friend again. You're fine, Rain.
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EliTheInventor Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Gavin is turning into one of THOSE friends. You guys know the ones... They get into a relationship, get overly obsessed with that person, stop paying attention to the friends around them only centering in on their relationship, killing their prior relationships with friends... Yeah... This is NOT the time to be a twat Gavin! I understand relationships can be exciting, but when a relationship eats up your life like that, it's not healthy. There are things called "Addictive relationships" and they are dangerous.
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Kacpers Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Rudy and Nostradamus were right! Ana is destroying their relatioships! But seriously, I see this all Gavin-hate from beginning of the comic back.
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FireSabre14 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
What will happen next?

               The big reveal 10-19-2015 A.D. 
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Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gavin's totally lovestruck with Ana, that's what's up, Rain. He doesn't mean to be withdrawn, he's just... preoccupied. Guys get like that with girls.

I totally ship Gavana! :D (What IS the proper ship term for them, btw?)
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Professional Writer
Gavana and Gavastacia seem to be the ship names I hear most often for this pairing.  I like the way the latter sounds better personally, but there's not necessarily an official or "proper" term.  People can call it whatever they like, really.  ^_^
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bfifty2 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
so does this mean that we will finally find out what had her out for so long? i know that i wasnt the only one trying to piece together any clues as to why she had to leave for so long
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:iconfreddy-kun:
Freddy-kun Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know why she's gone. It wasn't hidden that deep and if you want me to tell you I will. If not I won't spoil it for you
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bfifty2 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
oh i have my suspissions..... but they have not been confirmed
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:iconkinggigasmon:
Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'll use that info for the future! ;)
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mhtg Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015   General Artist
Gavin has it bad for Ana, there is only one hope, Ana must become a more predominant member of the group
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flex35 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
Gavin, I as someone who has fallen out of contact with friends from spending too much time with a GF ... DO NOT LET SOMEONE CAUSE YOU TO FALL OUT CONTACT WITH YOUR FRIENDS ... especially if you are waiting for a call ... cough. Gah, ok I guess the phone call could be about something else. Idk, I just can't help but feel irritated, that is actively ignoring his friends, because he is waiting for a phone call.

As for Rudy, :hug: we know you meant well.
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:iconelitheinventor:
EliTheInventor Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student General Artist
SAME! I completely agree. Behavior like this is huge red flag for an addictive relationship.
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MKUGeneratorsUNITE Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Rain, Gavin's busy texting his gf. I just realized Gavin didn't looks at Rain once.
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:iconred227:
red227 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
Wait when did Gavin got there?
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:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Professional Writer
He was there before Rain according to the previous page.
RAIN p707 - Everyone in this School by JocelynSamara
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:iconred227:
red227 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
Nope still not seeing him, also what is up with panel 5, putting Rain to the side when you have all that empty space?
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
hes not avoiding her, he was just anticipating Ana to call. shes potentially gonna be his girlfriend, he probably hasnt talked to her all vacation and she said she would call him. so he wants to talk to her and is dead to the world otherwise
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RibbionxPrincess Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
Wow he REALLY likes Anna( that is her name right?)
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:iconmhtg:
mhtg Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015   General Artist
"with one n"
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
youre close, its Ana (short for Anastasia) 
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:iconribbionxprincess:
RibbionxPrincess Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
got it
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AlekPixi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student Writer
He's probably so deep in his phone that he hasn't even noticed the haircut yet. In a few pages he'll probably have a late reaction of surprise.
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Edited Oct 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
I just thought it was just an unfortunate case of Gavin lacking screen time, and suddenly he mattered when eyes were on him at the most inconvenient time.

At least Rain acknowledged his existence.  ^^;
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NyanDashicorn Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
Nah, he's not avoiding her. Gavin's not smart enough to be that subtle.
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LauraRola Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, the obvious answer is that Gavin is anxiously waiting for Ana to call, possibly having been worried after she hadn't contacted him for a day or two, or even some shorter but unusually long period of time.  However, about the idea of him actively avoiding Rain...

Gavin is the only one who knew Rain as "Ryan" (for more than one day, at least).  On that day, while speaking with Kylie, he stated that he saw "Ryan" in a different way than Rain, although he does know that they are the same person, and she's always been Rain, "Ryan" is just a mask she had to wear because society and expectations.  However, there's the possibility that he's afraid he might say something wrong or somehow look at her differently.  Of all of Rain's friends, he's the one who could most easily screw up, because somewhere in his mind, "Ryan" exists.  I've had experiences of people that have known me as Laura for years accidentally using the wrong pronoun or name.  I know they always mean well, and it's a slip up, but the way Rain is feeling right now, well, a slip like that could really, REALLY hurt the poor girl.  He could be trying to take a moment to handle this emotional conflict, but most likely, I think he's more distracted than anything else.  And if he wants to avoid saying something he shouldn't, maybe a distraction is the worst thing he could have right now.  We'll see soon enough, I'm sure.

Also, three more supporters than she expected?  I don't know if Rain has that little faith in her friends, or just tries to emotionally hedge her bets by assuming she could lose her companions at any given time.  That's a painful place to be emotionally.  Looks like Rain is gonna benefit in quite a few ways from therapy once she has a new therapist and all that. 
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drakesfire101 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Willing to bet it's Gavin worried about Ana, to be honest here.
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Yin88 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Ana call for sure!!!! I bet Gavin doesn't think much of it. He'll probably end up coming back around when she raises the question of his "negligence" to notice her new haircut, with a bit about how it's not something that should bother her or something. XD; It sounded better in my head I PROMISE!!! <3 
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WildWestPyro Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
That Xenoblade reference on the Tumblr post.
Well played.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Professional Writer
I may have just happened to acquire a Shulk Amiibo today.  I was excited, and the reference fit surprisingly well.  XD
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:iconwildwestpyro:
WildWestPyro Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Suddenly I have the urge to draw Rain and Reyn fighting stuff.
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yClaire Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
Nope, he was waiting for a call back on his gyro order.
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:iconsierrarebecca:
Oh... that's what Gavin was doing! He wasn't texting anyone. He was waiting for Ana to call him! XD
Also, I don't think Gavin is avoiding Rain. 
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