Comic 572 - Pieces Come Together

5th Aug 2014, 11:36 PM in Ch. 22: Valentine's Night
Pieces Come Together
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Author Notes:

Jocelyn 5th Aug 2014, 11:36 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
The Flashbacks all refer to actual scenes.
Panel 3 - p.340
Panel 4 - p.192/194
Panel 5 - p.301
Panel 6 - p.225
Panel 7 - p.390
Panel 8 - p.11

On their own, none of these points would probably out Rain, especially if you weren't looking for or expecting it. Even altogether, nothing is actually confirmed. But as Emily says, if you know enough about the subject, it would be plausible for her to suspect it at this point. Thankfully, she also knows enough about the subject to not bring it up herself.

On the last panel of the second page, we see both girls lower their phones and the background starts blending. They are not physically next to each other now; rather, I started getting experimental. I didn't want this and the following several pages to consist entirely of two people with their phones glued to their heads. Besides being tedious to draw, I figure it'd get tedious to look at. With that in mind, I saw a perfect opportunity for some symbolism. So what the hey? I don't like having to explain this kinda stuff, but sometimes it's easier for me to just say it straight out.

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Isabelle Rain 6th Aug 2014, 2:47 AM edit delete reply
Isabelle Rain
I so don't agree with Emily. Rain is in a very delicate, complex situation, and she has lost family by coming out to them before, she could just as easily get hurt and lose a friend if she wasn't careful around outing herself, and Emily should understand that.
Brandon 6th Aug 2014, 3:10 AM edit delete reply
I don't disagree, and moreover, I'm sure that Emily understands that as well.

But, that doesn't mean that she can't feel the way she feels-- nor should she necessarily refrain from sharing that with Rain--
Jocelyn 6th Aug 2014, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Isabelle Rain

Emily doesn't know all of that though. Look at it from her perspective. All she knows is that every last one of Rain's friends were aware of this and have been for quite some. But SHE is the one Rain is close enough to to call sister. And yet, Emily's the last to know by a wide margin. From Emily's perspective, she's thinking, "Why could she tell everyone else so quickly and not me? Does she not really trust me? Have I given her some reason not to trust me?" It's not some privileged statement that she "deserved to know", but a fear that she was specifically left in the dark longer because she wasn't really a good enough friend. This may be irrational, but emotions and fears are usually pretty irrational.
Yuki-chan 6th Aug 2014, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
@Jocelyin

Also, Emily gave clear signals that she's versed and open-minded about trans people, when the two of them hanged up with Ky (when she explained her sexuality, that includes trans people, and when she knew Ky's label)

Anyway, I can understand why Rain didn't come out knowing that. Coming out is a terrifying and uneasy experience (I mean, the act of coming out, NOT the outcome of it)
mecaterpillar 6th Aug 2014, 4:05 AM edit delete reply
This is very close to what I was thinking was the case. I was just not thinking the situations from panels 3 and 4 would be part of Emily's reasoning. I also thought that Rain's problems with her siblings would work into it somehow.

On a separate point, I imagine that Emily must have felt somewhat similar to how the readers felt back in chapter 20 when she found out Ky is genderfluid and she revealed that she's pansexual.
AshuraAtsu 6th Aug 2014, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
"I mean, you're still my little sis."
*dies*
Guest 6th Aug 2014, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
From my perspective, the closer you are to a person, the harder it is to come out to, for fear of losing that person. Granted, there's the argument to be said that you're probably better off without a person like that, but it does not take away the hurt or the loss.
ranger_brianna_new 8th Aug 2014, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Oh, yes.
This.

So much.
Chase 6th Aug 2014, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
I truly love that it is part of your style to write characters who absolutely shatter stereotypes. It's very refreshing. Here we have our plucky underdog of a main character, who has managed to be happy and have wonderful friends, having a moment so touching that it made me cry a little with a character who originally appeared to be the stereotypical "mean girl," and instead turned out to be a complex, fleshed, three dimensional character. Kudos for this. I've said it in nearly every comment, and I'll keep saying it: Thank you. Because of your diligence in these complex characterizations and this wonderful story, you have created something truly special.
Lex-Kat 24th Nov 2016, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Lex-Kat
Yay! I'm so glad to see Rain finally tell Emily. And I am so relieved to see Emily's reaction. I feel and understand Emily's side of it.

It stung me a little when one of my best friends, at work, got married and only told me after, and by phone. It doesn't mean I wasn't happy to hear it, or happy for them. Just that I'd felt left out
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