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Presumably not longer after the last page, we see Drew leaving Ky's place and bumping into Rain and Emily (closing what might actually be the longest stretch of time Rain's been absent in non-bonus chapter pages).  Don't get used to seeing those two much just yet though.  That arc, and the face of the chapter cover, is how we're closing this chapter.  So where Rain and Emily are coming home from and what's going with them today, we'll hear more about later.

I mean, I could've been anyone bumping into Drew here.  But since Rain and Ky live in the same building (Rain and Fara upstairs, and Ky and Heather downstairs, if you forgot), it's not too surprising that Drew would cross paths with them.

This scene was actually added a bit more recently, with everything originally planned to cut off and shift focus to someone else after the last one.  But Drew isn't actually seen for the rest of the chapter and I didn't want to leave him off on too sour a note.  So this was included as a reminder that he's not a bad guy.  Perhaps a bit of a fool sometimes who has a lot of growing to do and really needs to think before he opens his mouth, but he's not a jerk or a bully or anything.  I wouldn't even classify him as an antagonist.  While he doesn't fully understand what he's done wrong, he recognizes that he's done wrong.  And Drew is seen here, making an early redemption attempt, passing on the message that whether he attends prom or not, Ky can still go.  

Next week, we will see a scene shift, but not to Rain just yet.  As for what will come for Ky and Drew - individually or otherwise - we'll see more on that later.


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MNamelessSouL Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
THERE IS HOPE
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firerulezz116 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like Drew. He's nice,just oblivious/major idiot.
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lostwizard Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017
Achievement unlocked: passive aggressive agumentative posting

Assuming the OP really is trolling, it was done excellently. Troll or not, it is in bad taste, though.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017  Professional Writer
What? :O_o:

As long as you're not hurting anybody, post whatever you want.  Debates are welcome.
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j-robbins Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, Drew's like Kellen and Aiken (before he started understanding.). He refuses to understand because it makes him uncomfortable? I understand that logic, but it seems like all three of their personalities regarding any gender in the non-binary spectrum are exactly the same. That's just what I've been getting from this Drew arc.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  Professional Writer
For Aiken, his problem was more that he saw it as a secret being kept from him by people he loves, leading to the faulty theory that "all trans people are liars".  Had his breakup with Jessica not happened almost immediately before finding out about Rain, he might have actually been more patient with her.  Does he find the whole matter confusing?  Yes.  But he's not really uncomfortable with trans people, as he is with being lied to.  Now that he understands it's not a lie, he's come around a lot.

For Kellen, her apprehension is based more on a fear of "losing her brother".  It's true she's uncomfortable with it, but would she have attempted to cut the hair of some trans person she didn't know?  Probably not.  Her problem is less about Rain being trans, and more about Rain "not being Ryan" as she believes she's supposed to be.

In Drew's case, the problem isn't that Ky makes him uncomfortable.  In fact, he's quite attracted to Ky.  He's more uncomfortable with himself.  Drew is in a state of questioning his orientation and is struggling with it.  He desperately wants to go on being straight like he always thought he was before.  And contending with his feelings of frustration towards himself is leading to him unintentionally hurting Ky.

If you want to oversimplify things, sure, maybe they all sound the same.  Perhaps it just looks like three people who don't get it and hurt those they care about because of it.  But in all three situations, there's more to it.  The reasons are different, and the possible solutions may be different.  At least, that's the angle I'm going for.
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j-robbins Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for clearing that up. Now I get it! <3
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maruul Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017
Maybe there is hope for him. Changing can be hard, but the fact he seems to realize and care that he hurt Ky, plus the "Her... him... Ky" thing makes me think he has potential to do better in the future. Cause that makes it seem like he's already trying.
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SilverAureus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
im hoping this works out for them really i do
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KittyKailyn-chan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
I'm honestly beginning to feel bad for Drew.
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Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My ship is sinking.... :tears:
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Jenvas Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017
What kinda ship can't take a bit of rough sea? I wouldn't give up so quickly.
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Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope they survive this. I heart them so hard.
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gungho1000 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
Eh to each their own. Nobody should change who they are. Unless you like Greece.
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SerraBritt Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks like Drew didn't get out of this without his feelings hurt too.  I just hope that means he goes and learns some things.
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flex35 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
Oh wow, that really reminds me of how I have felt, after I had said something in the comments and have my views on things just get destroyed. And though it doesn't feel like it at the time, I needed to have those views destroyed, so I could learn and grow. I like to think, the same is happening to Drew right now.

On a side note, yay, Ky gets to go to prom ^_^ .
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animeviewer66 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
 this is at the same time the sweetest and saddest thing I have ever seen.... Pearl Emote 10 
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LostPadawan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Sheesh! Now you're making me feel bad for him. I mean I wanna root for him but he always screws things up. Worst underdog ever!
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flex35 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
Oh right, I feel the same way, I want to root for him, but I don't want to see him un-intentionally misgender or hurt anyone again, because of his ignorance.
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LostPadawan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Ignorance is the downfall to too many characters and people. I guess kinda like Kellen. She is sorta trying.
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flex35 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
Ya, very true. Plus with you mentioning Kellen, made me wonder who is worse. They never took the time to understand the gender of someone they love and both hurt them, because of their ignorance. Out of the two of them, I think Kellen is the worse, since Drew is feeling bad about it and is openly admitting he has messed up (though I don't know how much he understands why he messed up). With that being said I hope Kellen is becoming less ignorant with her chats with Vincent and maybe Drew might do the same thing as Aiken and do some research on Gender Fluid.
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LostPadawan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I think Kellen was the worst too. At least Drew always tried. Kellen only tried after pushing the better half of her family away.
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Luinta Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
Kellen crossed a line and physically harmed someone she supposedly loves in an effort to assert HER will over them, never once even trying to understand. Drew always tried to understand but fell short due to his very narrow world view and misconceptions about how gender worked. While both of them failed pretty hard, Drew was never malicious, while Kelle was pretty much always looking to invalidate and discredit Rain, up to physical assault and literally trying to force Rain to to change who she was for Kellen's sake.  

That woman is on my irredeemable list. Even if she gains some sense from talking to Vincent, she crossed so many lines that I don't think I could ever forgive her. If she had done that to me, I'd have disowned her. If she had done that to someone I loved, I'd have put her in the hospital (not saying that is an ok reaction, just saying that would be my reaction. Don't mess with my loved ones, kids). 

Sorry, Kellen realllllly gets to me. I guess it's a sign of good writing that I can be so emotionally invested in the characters and their situations. 
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LostPadawan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
My list of irredeemables is pretty short. I do hope she can make her peace with Rain and I hope Drew can make his with Ky. While I was initially so furious with Kellen that my mouth started to taste like copper I do think she's trying. Although I can't promise I wouldn't have gone after her with my pellet rifle if she did that to me or any of my friends.
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
At least Drew is learning. Hopefully he'll actually come around at some point
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DraygaQueen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Can Ky go without Drew though? (or a date at all)

I know its kinda lax and all, but um, yeah...
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
I dont think so since Ky doesnt go to their school
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Luinta Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
It's really good to know Drew isn't just ignoring this scolding. It's hard to watch, especially knowing what it feels like to have your worldview kind of shattered, but it looks like this could lead to some pretty substantial personal growth, and that says good things about Drew. I hope we see him again later, even if he's not getting back together with Ky. 
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