Comic 759 - A Good Thing or a Bad Thing

15th Nov 2015, 8:46 PM in Ch. 27: Same Girl, New Look
A Good Thing or a Bad Thing
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Jocelyn 15th Nov 2015, 8:46 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
As a little disclaimer, I asked around for testimonies of people who have been pregnant before solidifying this scene just to be sure this was possible yet. Technically, I think this would be about the earliest possible time she could potentially be feeling this. So perhaps it's a little implausible that Emily could recognize what this is at this point in her first pregnancy (part of why I make her sound unsure), but it's technically not impossible.

I admit I really wanted to include this though. It's funny in a way, 'cause I feel like Emily should be further along by this point. But it's been February in canon for almost two years of posts so I haven't really been able to progress her too much in a while. Without looking at the script, I think the next chapter is finally the end of February. Maybe I'm the only one who cares, but that thought makes me really happy for some reason. No other singular month in this story will probably run this long (oh, and the irony that it'd be the shortest actual month)...

Anyway, Emily is experiencing that moment when you're both really terrified by something and also really excitedly happy about it at the same time. It's a strange feeling. I'm sure I've said this before, but I kinda went through that in the last week before hormones, or the last week before going full time. And I'm in a constant state of that feeling when I think of SRS happening (someday... sigh). I imagine pregnancy can be a bit like that too in that it's also just this long waiting game for something that will change your life.

Emily's joys and fears regarding this have been expressed before though (although kicking is still a pretty big step). So let's shift focus to Rain here. She doesn't say a lot, so what do you think might be going through her mind right now?

Also, in case you haven't been following along, there's going to be a hiatus starting now. It may be a long one. For one, not having deadlines for page updates will make it easier to focus on finishing Volume 3 in time for the holidays. There're also a few personal matters that may take up a bit of my time in the coming weeks. Lastly, this has just been a hell of a year for me. I'm so physically and mentally exhausted at this point, that when I finish Volume 3, I really just want to sit down and, you know... exhale.

It's hard to name a return date because there are a lot of variables. At shortest, give me a few weeks. But at longest, I'll be back no later than Christmas. Either way, posts will return this year and there'll probably be a few surprises in the meantime to keep you going (particularly this week... wink, wink). And of course, I'll absolutely keep you posted.


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Lemonado Girl 15th Nov 2015, 9:14 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Agh, no! My weakness for cute babies has been hit! I'm going down! Awawawaawawawaaaa

In all seriousness, I'm super worried about Emily. She's right about Quenton, bastard that he is. Yet, if she's four months in now (as Jess noted when first talking to Chase), and it's February, unless the baby is incredibly premature, she should be due in the summer (about July, in fact). Given that, if Quenton has a an ounce of Christianity in him, the fact that Emily is deciding to carry the child should be a good thing, and it wouldn't interfere with finals or what have you anyway.
MarianLH 15th Nov 2015, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
MarianLH
Big if.
Guy 15th Nov 2015, 9:56 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, the thing about "Christian" types of his variety is that they value their notion of justice over what's objectively good.

Now that I've made myself sound incredibly pretentious, what I mean to say is that to this type of person that someone did something wrong (have sex at Emily's age) they ought to be punished for it, regardless of any hardships they've already suffered and whether or not the punishment harms anybody ele or is even justified.

My dad's like that. Doesn't matter that things are in their current state regardless of his reaction and he's actively choosing not to help with a problem (or at the very least just judge quietly and not do anything), he still steps in to make things worse.

Guy 15th Nov 2015, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
Meant to put this in, I meant Quenton's specific flavor of "Christian". That's why it's in quotes.
Lemonado Girl 15th Nov 2015, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Yeah, I know it's a big if with Quenton. I don't expect him to be a decent person, the point of the comment was to show that any actually decent religious person wouldn't be as much of a jerk as he's bound to be.
T-Dog 15th Nov 2015, 11:53 PM edit delete reply
What do we really know about Father Quenton? Other then a reputation amongst the staff?

Not much really, as the character hasn't been involved with the story before now.

We know he said Rain should participate in gym class. He reportedly wasn't pleased with vocal, open homosexuality. He still hasn't tossed Rudy out.

I don't think that we can predict how he will react from our current information set.
Ranthog 16th Nov 2015, 2:06 AM edit delete reply
Actually the Catholic school where I lived might have expelled a student for having an abortion, but not for keeping it. At least if the parent supported keeping their kid at the school.

They took a holistic look at the situation. If they expelled the kid it might encourage abortions. Even if it did not, it would leave the student less able to take care of the child. Catholic teaching at least is supposed to take the broader view of life.


A number of parents would send their kids to the Catholic school to get them away from "bad" influences (some legitimately bad and some not) and reform them. So kids who had shady backgrounds were not uncommon.
Noelle 16th Nov 2015, 12:01 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, at this point, the baby might be kicking but she wouldn't be able to feel it. I know, I know, creative license, but I still feel it's important to mention! Jocelyn could always retcon in a time-skip forward a couple of weeks...? Medically speaking though, she really wouldn't be able to feel that at that stage.
Guest 16th Nov 2015, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Actually, medically speaking, yes, it is indeed possible. In fact, for those who are on their second or more pregnancy, Emily is actually right at the typical time period when you'd expect them to start noticing it (those on their first pregnancy typically first notice the movements somewhat later--this is to do with a combination of a relaxation of the uterine muscles following the first pregnancy, & being more used to what to look out for, both making those on subsequent pregnancies more likely to notice when quickening has occurred).

That said, quickening (ie, the point at which the baby starts moving about enough for the pregnant parent to feel it) does happen as early as it has for Emily. So while it is certainly ~unusual~ for her to be feeling the baby's movements this early, it's most definitely possible, & has certainly been known to happen before in real life.
Noelle 17th Nov 2015, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Possible perhaps, but *really* unlikely, unlikely enough that it's not worth considering. She's a first timer and only about 12, 13 weeks in. It really is absolute bare minimum, and no first timer would notice quickening that early on - certainly I've never heard of it, and I've seen a few.
Jocelyn 17th Nov 2015, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Noelle

Emily is 17 weeks into her pregnancy at this point, actually.
Zii 16th Nov 2015, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
I'm gonna miss you all! It would be super awesome if there was a central forum we could use to connect as a fanbase...

Then again, I'm apparently old fashioned and don't tumbl or tweet or any of this social media stuff.
Mina 16th Nov 2015, 12:45 AM edit delete reply
Oh yes! Rain and Emily will raise the baby together and be a happy family! ^^
Sorry, just my weekly fangirling session. XD

Maybe Rain's jealous? I've heard a lot of trans women saying that they'd like to be pregnant. It cans summon dysphoria (I hope you don't feel that way, Jocelyn ^^), and Rain seems to be an easy target for dysphoria right now.
steveha 16th Nov 2015, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
Jocelyn, thank you for creating a comic that I enjoy reading. I hope the rest of this year goes well for you and that you have a fantastic 2016.
Boogers 16th Nov 2015, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
For what it's worth, this hiatus is conveniently placed for me, at a time when I'll be super-busy. My mom died last week and my sibling and I are scrambling to pick up pieces of all three of our lives, which were all closely woven together. (The two of us remaining will be okay, but there's a lot of picking up to do.)
j-eagle12212012 16th Nov 2015, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
I look forward to adding volume 3 to my collection when it becomes available.
BillycannotFly 17th Nov 2015, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
BillycannotFly
The Baby's due roughly in July, right? If it's born on my birthday, even though that could take forever to get to in Rain time, that would be amazing.

I'll be happily waiting for the return of Rain (even though South Carolina has had way too much this past fall. Ba dum chh. Yeah...) and by the time you start it back up again my name should legally be changed from Tilya Nicole (insert last name here) to Tilya William (insert last name here) and I will have officially come out to my mother, possibly my closest friend, and not as likely, (but at the very least change to one who knows), my counsellor. I'm excited but at the same time terrified, so I know the feeling you're describing.

[Edit]: So I just started reading through the archive again because this is one of the only trans* webcomics I can read that actually know what they're doing, and Rain's just awesome.
1. Art's gotten better! I remember reading it the first time wondering how it would progress, and I like it.
2. I got to the part where Rudy is talking about Rain and is using the wrong pronouns, and every time he did, I cringed. Even though I'm ftm, not mtf, I know how bad being misgendered feels and I can't make through a regular day without panicking just because I have to hear the wrong pronouns, even without the thoughts people have to have to use them, and I feel so bad whenever anyone, cis or trans* gets misgendered, but especially those who have to work for who they are.
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