Comic 699 - Melodramatic

16th Jul 2015, 8:46 PM in Ch. 26: Cut
Melodramatic
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)
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Jocelyn 16th Jul 2015, 8:46 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
Sorry to start this one off on a downer note, but you probably all knew some kind of confrontation was coming after the end of the last chapter anyway. This scene needed to happen, so let's get it out of the way first. From here, we'll pull ourselves out of the drama ditch, little by little.

And in case anyone's wondering where Fara is, it was actually established a while back that it's about an hour and a half drive. There was time for this little interaction before she'd get there even if she rushed.

Onto the subject matter, this is some pretty serious stuff! Back when this reunion between Rain and her siblings was first alluded to, a lot of people were expecting Kellen be the "easy sibling" to come out to. And then as things developed, a lot of people were thinking she'd get better before this arc was done. I assume because Gavin and Aiken did, so the "formula" implies Kellen would come around too. But I think it would be irresponsible of me to imply that everything will always work out and be hunky dory. Some people just don't and won't understand. No matter what or how much they're told, they choose to believe what they want. Being gay or transgender isn't a choice, but being ignorant absolutely CAN be.

I've been very fortunate to have most of the people around me being accepting of me since transition. My immediate family and like 90% of my friends have all stuck by me. That 10% remainder of my friends, though? Much of my extended family? Not so much. And though they're the minority, it still hurts and it never gets easier. But if they're not going to accept me no matter what I say, then why should I waste their time and mine by continuing to say it? It hurts to lose people in your life, but when keeping them in your life hurts you more, sometimes you do just need to walk away (if you can). Incidentally, sometimes the threat of never seeing you again can actually be the wakeup call they need!

With all that said, I have never given up on anyone. If someone who said/did terrible things to me came back into my life and said they wanted to apologize, I would want to hear them out. I would want to give them a chance. Maybe not immediately after it happens, but I would definitely like to see them come around. That's me though. Do you think there's any remote possibility of Rain and Kellen talking civilly with each other again someday down the road?

Yeah, I know. Laying this one on a little thick. Had a lot to say here. Lighter page next time. I promise.


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Comments:

Torne 16th Jul 2015, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
Rain could TOTALLY pull off a gothic/emo look with that short hair style...
Vanessa 19th Jul 2015, 1:21 AM edit delete reply
Goth Rain fanart FTW
SnapGrunt 16th Jul 2015, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
okay i already like it. so much drama... and now we know for sure it was here that dumb little... keep it together its only pg-13
Vanya 16th Jul 2015, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
I like how cute you drew Rain. Even with the mess of hair her idiot sister made. Untill it grows back beanies are your friend, Rain.

And I hope this part of the chapter gets more development. I would like to see Aiden's reaction, as well as Fara's. Hope Kellen gets thaught a lesson.
Nightsky 16th Jul 2015, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
Nightsky
My anger was JUST starting to recede. Now I'm back in Kellen-murder-plotting-mode full-time.
HellHathNo 16th Jul 2015, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
Punch her face >:(
Anon 17th Jul 2015, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
I think a Bitch Slap would be more appropriate.
Alazmaear 18th Jul 2015, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
Nah, Kick her in the teeth, much more subtle
Thatguyinthecorner 20th Jul 2015, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
WHERE'S BRIGHT WHEN YOU NEED HIM
Zackwell 16th Jul 2015, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
Rain handled it much more maturely than I would have.
I would have used a lot more nasty words.
Dragonrider 16th Jul 2015, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
Dragonrider
Unfortunately for people who are living their lives in transition and thriving due to the help of loving friends and relatives, and those who have come out about sexual orientation. All share the possibility of a relative who is so wrapped in "Religious" dogma that they will go to any and all extremes to satisfy their own agenda. This is probably the most emotional point in her life to date and possibly for the rest of her life.
Kittycachew 16th Jul 2015, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
Fuck you Kellen.
Guest 16th Jul 2015, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
I really hope that Rain forcibly shaves Kellen's head in retaliation.
Mina 17th Jul 2015, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
That's a very bad idea. If Rain does it, then she thinks she has a good reason to do so. If she thinks she has a reason, then Kellen had one as well. And that's not the case! Nothing can justify this.
It's not with violence one resolves violence. War is not a way to go forward.
Karen Lynn 17th Jul 2015, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Do what I did to my mother when s she cut my hair in my sleep: I went to the store and bought cheap black hair dye, them mixed it into her hair conditioner.
mecaterpillar 18th Jul 2015, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
Did your mother actually cut your hair in your sleep?
MaliciousOmegaSiren 16th Jul 2015, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
Rain....;-; wehhhh
Cant settle on a username 16th Jul 2015, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
Honestly I think Kellan got off easy I would have slapped her bitch face
Anon 16th Jul 2015, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
"Do you think there's any remote possibility of Rain and Kellen talking civilly with each other again someday down the road?"

Hell no. Kellen won't change her mind.
Niceguy Eddie 17th Jul 2015, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
Powerful page.
Mina 17th Jul 2015, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
If she knows perfectly what is reality, she's an incredible genius! You amaze me, Kellen!

"It'll grow back" is such a stupid thing to say... Wounds heal up, but that's not a reason to be injured. And the regrowth time is so awkward, sometimes! :c

"Do you think there's any remote possibility of Rain and Kellen talking civilly with each other again someday down the road?" -> I don't know! Aiken being understanding was a (good) surprise. If they make up, though, it'll probably be in a very long time... Kellen really don't want to accept Rain...
Guest 17th Jul 2015, 1:15 AM edit delete reply
i love the page.
galactic.tentacles 17th Jul 2015, 2:23 AM edit delete reply
galactic.tentacles
Wow... this makes me so frustrated because Kellen's logic is basically "I've lost my 'brother' so now I'm going to just abandon and lose the trust of my younger sibling all together."
It makes me mad but it's a really good example of hate commonly shown against people like Rain, and it's harsh reality that there are people like Kellen that will just abandon and continue to hurt their own family just because they are trans, gay, ect.
This webcomic is seriously amazing!
Alexi 17th Jul 2015, 2:36 AM edit delete reply
This page is a tough one for me, but it is definitely the appropriate response to what Kellen did. First, she physically abuses Rain by cutting off her hair only to compound it with the emotional abuse of this page. It looks like she's even freaking smiling in panel three despite the fact that her sister is clearly in distress. People who are so manipulative and selfish like that have no place in the lives of the people they harm. I am proud of Rain for standing up to her and like others have said, I'm very glad she did it on her own, because it shows a level of strength that we have not seen in her previously. It's a sad page. but it's also uplifting because it shows Rain's willingness to assert her own identity and do what's best for herself when she needs to. Wonderful writing, Jocelyn!
Nama 17th Jul 2015, 2:44 AM edit delete reply
Nama
I was hoping for a punch.
j-eagle12212012 17th Jul 2015, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Everyone who thinks Kellen is getting off easy here are forgetting that a very angry Aunt Fara is on her way
Rae 17th Jul 2015, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
Oh my gosh you're right! I had completely forgotten that Fara was coming, and she's definitely gonna want to speak with Kellen. She probably isn't going to be as reserved either. And what about Aiken? I feel he's gonna wanna say a few things too
Anon 17th Jul 2015, 4:11 AM edit delete reply
I hope Kellen gets the slap in the face she deserves.
Jude P. 17th Jul 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
Oh man, they'll never find the body.
steveha 17th Jul 2015, 4:06 AM edit delete reply
I have no experience anything like the comic's current situation; but this seems like a very believable development to me, and I applaud the strong writing in this storyline.

Also, I have faith that Rain will only get stronger over time from her experiences. I'm sad that some readers rage-quit the comic over this plotline... but it's *their* loss. I say, write the story you want to write. You are doing a great job and should continue.

P.S. Rain is actually handling this pretty well. I think severing all contact from Kellen is a very appropriate response, and like I said, very believable. No matter how satisfying it would be to some readers, Rain wouldn't physically assault Kellen over this. But how could Rain ever forgive Kellen when Kellen isn't sorry and keeps digging the hole deeper? Why even talk to someone like that?

EVER!
Lemonado Boy 17th Jul 2015, 4:14 AM edit delete reply
I suspect Kellen will be staring down a VERY pissed off Fara by next Wednesday's strip, next Friday's at the very latest. I know what many have said on this subject, but I would honestly savor the feeling of roasting Kellen like a ham right now. In my opinion, she's honestly just as bad or worse than their father. Aiken had only his father's example, but when Fara talked to him, I think it finally clicked for him just how hurtful that was both to his ex fiancé and Rain, which is why he improved. But Kellen, I think has chosen to go down the irredeemable path. Which, if I had my way with things, would lead to fire, flames, and burning, courtesy of your local TF2 Pyro.
Laurie_A 17th Jul 2015, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
I agree with you. Also, I applaud Rain for standing up for herself.
inurashii 17th Jul 2015, 4:34 AM edit delete reply
Oof. Rain handled this very, very well. Kellen's reaction and interaction here makes it clear that she is unafraid to abuse her 'brother' (eugh) if it means reinforcing her idea of reality.

I know people are wishing for her to get hurt or yelled at, but there's only one good way to handle this, and it's what Rain is doing:
cutting
off
contact.
Devgirl Neko 17th Jul 2015, 4:49 AM edit delete reply
Devgirl Neko
If Rain is anything like Jocelyn, they may talk again one day. But if she's like me, never would be too soon. Aiken got a hard slap for just acting mean to Rain, I just can't WAIT to see what Fara does to Kellen. >:3
Mieguy 17th Jul 2015, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
I knew that rather than violence it was gonna be that Kellen was going to be completely cut out of Rain's life. Though I was thinking this convo would be a shouting match between Kellen and Aiken where he would cut down any argument trying to justify her hurting her sis that way.

Also the way this is portrayed makes me think that Rain will be fine with the support of her friends and will be a lot more comfortable/confident being around others where her anxiety/fear of being found out was higher than average after this experience.
Erin 17th Jul 2015, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
"Do you think there's any remote possibility of Rain and Kellen talking civilly with each other again someday down the road?"

Probably. I doubt it's going to happen until Kellen is on her deathbed, though.
Also, how the hell did she become the most hateable character in the comic in just a span of a chapter...when both Mary and Rudy's parents and Father Quenton exist?
Guest 17th Jul 2015, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
The principle is a jerk, but most of what we as readers know of him is by reputation & inference.
Rudy & Maria's parents are emotionally abusive, but as far as we know, they've never had anybody they respect as an adult try to talk them round. I haven't read Chapters A & B yet (I can't afford them…yet…), but as far as I know, they've never gone beyond emotional abuse (although I'm worried that it might get worse).

All of these people are older, & so many people will expect them to be more set in their ways.

Kellen, meanwhile, has not only had her sister Rain try to explain things to her, but has had her twin brother explain that people die because of the very actions she's taken tonight. She's had plenty of time to try to prepare herself before seeing Rain again; she's had multiple talks from somebody you'd think that she would respect; she is of a generation where going on the freaking Internet & doing some research should be an easy first response; and she has probably experienced first hand from her father what abuse does to a family.

And yet Kellen has made the FULLY INFORMED and conscious decision to be physically, verbally, & emotionally abusive towards her younger sibling--after having first agreed to this reunion in the first place.

I think that might be why Kellen has ended up so much more hated.
Some Ed 16th Jun 2017, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
Don't forget, Kellen is the character who agreed multiple times to give Rain a try, but never really did. I think at one point she called her Rain and used the right pronouns for one page. Other than that, she's been, well, her unpleasant self.

Personally, I'd like to think that Aiken would also disown her for this. Not that he'd likely do that, since he's staying with her right now. Though, I'm not sure why that is - surely he has a job at his age and could afford to pay rent somewhere.
drs 17th Jul 2015, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
Screen time. When's the last time we saw any of those characters?
summer 17th Jul 2015, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
fara should smack some sence into kellen. and aiken and emily should get a shot at her too. make a whole page about it.
Rain Beau Dash 18th Jul 2015, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
I don't want to cause a sudden outburst of panic, but i figured somewhere along this or the following chapters, the emily-chase situation will complicate things even further. The worst of Kellen is yet to come, i'm afraid.
LilithSturlson 18th Jul 2015, 3:27 AM edit delete reply
@jocelyn

Should we all just crack open the popcorn, pull up a chair and sit with rain to watch karma work her magic on kellen?
Dark Link 19th Jul 2015, 3:07 AM edit delete reply
Yea, and karma's name is Aunt Fara.
purplespacecats 19th Jul 2015, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
so um
emergency run to the hair salon to get rain some extensions???
i just so don't want her to have to look in the mirror every day waiting for her hair to grow back and be reminded of kellen's cruelty and transmisogyny, not to mention the dysphoria i'm sure rain's short hair triggers :((( ahhh poor rain; i wish i could hug her (and knock kellen's lights out tbh)
Xelrebrus 19th Jul 2015, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
That's a pretty strong and well managed and deserved reaction from rain. Kudos to rain for confronting her sister in a manner that's befitting her.
Thatguyinthecorner 19th Jul 2015, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
So I figured I'd put this here. I was at a wedding yesterday and the priest was talking about how people too often use "love" and "like" interchangeably...a decent point, to an extent.


Then he went off the deep end. He started talking about marriage, how it apparently needs god to function, and how people take it lightly too often.

THEN he decided to mention gay marriage being legalized, calling it an affront to marriage or some other load of bull.

I am ashamed to admit I didn't immediately storm out. I did, however, give the bastard my best Maria impression for the entire remainder of the service.
SoulsGuardian 30th Oct 2015, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
wow
i font think i've ever wanted to murder someone as much as this before
Wolfsblood 24th Jan 2016, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
Kellen's attitude, and comments track pretty real. Not only anI a trans woman, but so is my daughter. While most of my family and friends have been accepting of my daughter, and entire section cut us off after seeing her present as her authentic self. I was happy to see Gavin come around to being a fully supporting ally, and close friend, and Aiken making progress toward accepting Rain, even if he doesn't understand. That said, it wouldn't be authentic if all the people in her life "got it". Kellen is a total bitch (but we knew that by now anyway) and I want to thank you for including this arc, as shocking as it was to see. <3
Akane 11th Jul 2016, 4:09 AM edit delete reply
"But if they're not going to accept me no matter what I say, then why should I waste their time and mine by continuing to say it? It hurts to lose people in your life, but when keeping them in your life hurts you more, sometimes you do just need to walk away (if you can). Incidentally, sometimes the threat of never seeing you again can actually be the wakeup call they need!"

Thank you Jocelyn. Sincerely thank you. These words were exactly the ones I needed right now, struggling with my own family and the person I'm in love with, all in seemingly intentional denial about me being trans...
Lex-Kat 25th Nov 2016, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Lex-Kat
I hope that Rain grows her hair out again. I liked it better, she was much more pretty. The pixie-cut just doesn't work. Buuuut, that's my opinion.

As for Kellen, as I said in my last post, what she did is unforgivable. She is the most disgusting character. I actually like Chase better... barely.

EDIT: And just to be clear, and answer your question, if it was me, I would never forgive Kellen. She would never be family. She could never ever be a friend. She would be dead to me.
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