Comic 599 - Delightful Conversation

1st Oct 2014, 1:02 AM in Ch. 23: The Flaherty Siblings
Delightful Conversation
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Jocelyn 1st Oct 2014, 1:02 AM edit delete
Jocelyn
Alternate page title: "How to Piss Off All of Your Guests in Three Minutes or Less" by Kellen Flaherty. Probably can't fit that though. XD

Originally these were going to be two separate updates. I really wanted them to be, but on my last read before posting, I didn't feel like the first page made a lot of sense without the second one. So, there you go. Two two-pagers in a row.

How do we think this is going so far? Better or worse than expected? Has your opinion of either sibling or the overall situation changed since the last update?

Either way, the weekend's just getting started.


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Alison 1st Oct 2014, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
It's nice to see Aiken being a lot more civil with Rain this time. genuinely reaching out to her. Kellen however, is still either a) getting used to everything and taking a long time. Or b) Just not willing to accept it and intentionally making spiteful comments.
UltimateIRS 1st Oct 2014, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
UltimateIRS
Probably both.
Nightsky 1st Oct 2014, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
Nightsky
I think it's both, though I don't think she's trying to be intentionally SPITEFUL.

To be fair, it's a lot to digest. And Aiken's had a bit more incentive to digest it, since A) he's met Rain, B) she is the second trans person he's met, and C) Fara gave him that big speech about how he was acting like their dirtbag of a father. And this is Kellen's first time actually SEEING Rain in person, so yeah. She's been able to forget about it much more easily than Aiken.

Hopefully she'll be better by the end of the weekend.
Syrup 1st Oct 2014, 3:38 AM edit delete reply
@allison what She is, is called jealous
Nama 1st Oct 2014, 1:20 AM edit delete reply
Nama
And the awkward meter goes shooting up. Ding ding ding.
Guest 1st Oct 2014, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
We see how Kellen reacts to Emily now, but wait until she finds out Emily's baby is Chase's!(if she ever does, although it will probably come out sooner or later) XD
Nightsky 1st Oct 2014, 1:42 AM edit delete reply
Nightsky
You know, it's occurred to me that this is our first time REALLY getting to know Kellen. So far all we've seen of her is just her fussing over her siblings and being suspicious of their dates over phone calls.

...She is not leaving a good first impression on the readers here. xD
Angie 1st Oct 2014, 2:03 AM edit delete reply
I wonder what Kellen is planning to get outta this meeting? She barely seems to be trying. She seems rather miffed about Emily being outspoken (you go Emily standing up Rain like that).
Rae 1st Oct 2014, 2:15 AM edit delete reply
Once again, not what I was expecting. Kellen doesn't even seem to be entirely open to Rain being Trans and Aiken once again is being quite open. This course of events never even crossed my mind when I thought about this meeting. I love how Emily immediately stands up for Rain and asserts that she is a girl. Reminds of what my friends did and still do for me. Awesome update and I can't wait for the next! :)
Donut Studios 1st Oct 2014, 2:50 AM edit delete reply
I approve of Aiken now. He is being really cool now. Kellen, I hate. But Aiken is cool.
j-eagle12212012 1st Oct 2014, 2:50 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
My prediction way back when Emily first showed extensive knowledge of lgbt is coming true ^_^ Emily IS becoming Rain's best ally
j-eagle12212012 1st Oct 2014, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Ok I just spent the last 2 hours going back through the comments to find the specific comment I made ( I have OCD sue me) first off I was wrong it was not way back like I thought... ummm yeah it is on this page (Comic 559 - Willing to Share?) I am now going to sleep my brain hurts ( I wouldn't have been able to sleep till I found my old comment anyway lol)

*edit the time on here is wrong it is 12 am here
Eliza 1st Oct 2014, 2:57 AM edit delete reply
Emily is so cool... Even my best friends still get the whole gender thing wrong from time to time... Though they usually realize they said something wrong when I glare at them.
Kyla 1st Oct 2014, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
I Love you Emily!!! ^_^ but for real she's so awesome. I hope Rain's sister comes around and stops being a butt head.
Guest 1st Oct 2014, 3:32 AM edit delete reply
Does anybody have a problem with me sending an assassin after Kellen? Anybody at all? Because he doesn't seem to be trying at all. If anything, he seems to be going out of his way to be as intentionally rude and spiteful as possible. What the hell does "real girl" mean anyway? And what does being pregnant have to do with being one? A sizeable portion of the female population (whether they fall under the cis or Trans* umbrella) are incapable of having children. And a sizeable number of "real" men and non-binary people are capable of being pregnant, because having a working uterus falls somewhere around "having toenails" in a list of "things irrelevant to figuring out someone's gender".

And yes, I do realise that Kellen is female. I'm just trying to demonstrate the point that there are rather few things as insulting and belittling as intentionally using the wrong pronouns for someone. Kellen seems to be aiming to go for some record in how many of them can be used in a single conversation.
Syrup 1st Oct 2014, 3:37 AM edit delete reply
i think somones jealous
Drunk Doctor 1st Oct 2014, 5:45 AM edit delete reply
It seems Aiken has changed for the better,for now.....Kellen on the other hand.......
Doc Mesa 1st Oct 2014, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
Interesting....notice the pause in panel 3. It reads to me like Kellen wasn't expecting Rain to bring someone else along. Which raises an interesting question: what do you think Kellen would be saying/doing if Emily wasn't there?
MarianLH 1st Oct 2014, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
MarianLH
I thought the pause was Kellen stumbling over Emily referring to Rain as "your sister".
Guest 1st Oct 2014, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
Despite this page, I still would have given Kellen a chance. Mostly I base this off Aiken, because he acted terrible when he found out too, but now seems to be a whole lot better about the whole thing.

Unless, he's didn't change and is actually trying to convince Rain to change, in which case, screw them both.

What does bother me is that Kellen didn't do her research on transfolk. If she did, she wouldn't have acted this way.

Or maybe she's just a tactless person in general. idk.
Reay 1st Oct 2014, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
I think the problem with Kellen is that there a great big difference between consciously trying to accept, and subconsciously, willing to accept.
Humans are stupid in that way, for all our adaptability as a species we are very set in our ways and like things to be a certain way in our head, even if you're one of those people who says they like the unpredictability of the unknown, if you are confronted with it you fall back onto what you do know, and work from there.

Kellen is still trying to accept this, but she hasn't seen Rain like Aiken has, and unlike Aiken all her trans exposure is limited to one short visit from Vincent before he transitioned, when she was a kid.
Like I said, humans, when confronted by the unknown start at what we do know, and work from there.
The word confronted is important, Kellen could have read up all she wanted about Trans people, but when the moment is actually there, to her it's not Rain standing there, it's Ryan dressed as a girl, now she has to learn to get used to, and accept, that it's not her little brother Ryan, but her little sister Rain.

As for her reaction to Emily it seems to be twofold, the initial hesitation in the third seems to be that she'd rather have to Rain come alone, maybe to talk her out of it, or just to have this be "a family thing".
The later reaction in the last panel seems more she's annoyed by Emily constantly correcting her, and actually acting like an accepting big sister/best friend like she wanted but couldn't (yet).
Guest 2nd Oct 2014, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
Should I feel bad that I was giggling hysterically when I was reading this? I realize that this is not exactly the most "supportive" of interactions to have, but for some reason I found it extremely funny. I imagine that there are people who have had this conversation before, and that's not funny, but this page is funny to me.
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