Comic 728 - Of All People

10th Sep 2015, 8:37 PM in Ch. 26: Cut
Of All People
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Jocelyn 10th Sep 2015, 8:37 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
Oooooh! Kellen said a bad woooord!
Well... for once, she's not wrong... XD

Although I wouldn't go so far as to say this redeems Kellen or anything, it IS pretty satisfying to see Chase sweat like that. I mean, that does confirm Emily's pregnancy status to him, while rendering him unable to contact her without going through his other exes. The guy's kinda screwed at the moment, but it's hard to feel bad for him. XD

By the by, I made an interesting little mistake that I'm surprised nobody caught (or nobody called me out on, at least). Through this whole arc with Rain and Emily visiting Aiken and Kellen, I'd completely forgotten about something. It turns out that Chase actually namedropped Emily to Aiken at one point, and that's never occurred to me (or Aiken) through this trip. Now, one could posit that he might very easily forget about that. At the time, it was a heated moment where Aiken was focused on a lot of other things besides a random common name he couldn't put a face to. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

But because of this revelation, I actually changed the art here. The script is identical, but originally, I was going to just have Aiken walk out of the room. Since rediscovering this old plot point, I decided to keep him in there. After all, memories have a funny way of coming back to people. You can see the gears turning in Aiken's head through this page, even without the dialogue.

But where does THIS bring us, exactly? What will Kellen, Aiken, and/or Chase do with the information they've all just learned in this very brief exchange?

As a final note, this was originally planned to be the last page of the chapter, but I switched the order of some scenes for what I think is a slightly better flow. That means there's just a little more of this chapter. It ends next week, but good news, I don't plan on doing a hiatus this time (maybe next time, but not this time). ^_^


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SnapGrunt 10th Sep 2015, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
Here we go
Erin 10th Sep 2015, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
I'm not going to get my hopes up on Kellen becoming redeemable. But you linking comic 298, did remind me that at one point Aiken was also an unlikable ass.

Oh and Chase is still a douche. Not big surprise.
Erica-Jane 12th Sep 2015, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
If they were kids, I could see Rain & Kellen getting past the hair bit. However, adult Kellen in her narcissism ('cause let's face it here, the entire weekend went to shit because Kellen was uncomfortable and tried to sledge hammer "Ryan" back into his peghole in her world view) did a childish, cowardly act. Rain acted as the mature one and walked away, but speaking from experience, there are few things quite so cold rage inducing as a trusted family member betraying you deliberately.

The deep emotional wounds always come from those we love. I can see Rain forgiving Kellen at some future date, but I can't see her ever trusting Kellen again.
Lemonado Girl 10th Sep 2015, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
OOOOOOOHHHHHHH ITS GOING DOWN

ROUND ONE, DING DING

...At least, that's what I thought, until Chase hung up like the arrogant jerk he is.
Vana 10th Sep 2015, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
"you sick f-" That made my day. :D
I'm sure Chase will remain a douche for indefinite time.
j-eagle12212012 11th Sep 2015, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
The gears turning in Aikens head and the faces he makes priceless ^_^
Cory 11th Sep 2015, 3:44 AM edit delete reply
Man Keller needs to learn to shut her mouth and mind her own business
steveha 11th Sep 2015, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
I'm worried that Kellen just put Chase's feet on a road that will end with him figuring out that Rain was once known as Ryan... and that further he's a horrible enough person to out Rain.

Why would he out Rain? Just pure cussedness... or just possibly, he might try to blackmail Emily with the threat. I'm not sure what he might try to force Emily to do, but I'm pretty sure that if this happens it'll be bad.
Amanda 11th Sep 2015, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
I'm just wondering what the age of consent is in the Rain-verse. Is Chase just a "sick f-" or is he in legal trouble that just hasn't caught up with him yet?
Anonymous11243 11th Sep 2015, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
I think Jocelyn once said Rain took place in New York, and the age of consent there is 17, so technically Chase isn't illegal, just a douche.
Ciary 11th Sep 2015, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
Ciary
I'm glad this happened.
first step for kellens redemption: completed
I'm interested to see what chase will do now.
Guest 11th Sep 2015, 12:39 PM edit delete reply
Wait where does Kellen know Chase from?
Guest 11th Sep 2015, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
Chase is Kellen's ex- fiancé.
drs 11th Sep 2015, 1:50 PM edit delete reply
Have we been told why Chase and Kellen broke up? Has Chase done anything particularly douchey other than date someone under 18? Honest question, I don't remember. People are talking about him blackmailing Rain for some reason but I don't recall anything suggesting that'd be likely, just that he's something of a womanizer who does have some unspecified concern that he got someone pregnant. Also that he was probably less transphobic than Aiken was.
Jocelyn 11th Sep 2015, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@drs

All we technically know is that Chase and Kellen were together for two years, and then he dumped her. To fill in the blanks (because although it hasn't been said, it's not really a spoiler), yes, he is a womanizer. The idea is that he was cheating on her probably the whole time. And he no doubt cheated on Emily too. But he left Kellen basically because to him, she wasn't worth keeping around.

I don't know that he'd blackmail someone, but he's certainly not a good person.
steveha 13th Sep 2015, 4:52 AM edit delete reply
Perhaps I owe Chase an apology for speculating about the worst thing he could do.

I agree, we have seen him being a jerk but he hasn't done anything to indicate that he would blackmail someone.

Still, I'd be more comfortable if he didn't know anything secret about Rain.
Ciary 11th Sep 2015, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
Ciary
to be honest, I do see him as someone who would use any means to get what he wants. so if he wants to see emily's child, or worse, emily, I see him taking extreme measures like blackmail. but it's all speculation. I'm not sure if jocelyn would ever write a character that evil ;-)
Ellie 11th Sep 2015, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
It was definitely enjoyable to see that sicko womanizer sweat like that. I'm just looking forward to them all finding out that certain people they know know other people and it's all tied together by Rain. This is getting exciting again.
Mina 11th Sep 2015, 8:03 PM edit delete reply
Chase's sweat is as dark as his heart. *-*
kyuubi no kitsune-hime 12th Sep 2015, 1:40 AM edit delete reply
I just noticed that when Aiken turns around it looks like he's looking at Kellen's speech bubble. Kinda gave me a giggle when I realized it, but... Was the fourth wall breaking intentional or unintentional?
Morgan 13th Sep 2015, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
Nice. Kellen's journey to redemption - Step 1 complete. I don't think Chase will ever stop being douchey though.
AmbiguousMouse 20th May 2016, 12:52 AM edit delete reply
The enjoyability of this strip triples when you pretend Chase's shirt collar is part of his facial hair.
Lex-Kat 25th Nov 2016, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Lex-Kat
Well, this will certainly be one of the few times I cheer for Kellen any time in the future.
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