Comic 791 - Stories

7th Feb 2016, 11:37 PM in Ch. 28: Love, Trust, and Respect
Stories
Average Rating: 5 (9 votes)
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Jocelyn 7th Feb 2016, 11:37 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
I came so close to cutting the first page so many times. It went from feeling unnecessary one day to absolutely vital the next. Mostly, it's there because the second page felt clunky without it, even though they're not that connected. Hopefully, I made the right choice by leaving it in. Of course, there's a bit of development for both Jessica and Heather here. So that's a plus.

And at last we see Jessica and Aiken in each other's presence. Albeit with Heather in the middle. This could either go really well or really badly (or really neutral?). Place your bets, kids. XD


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Lemonado Girl 8th Feb 2016, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Can confirm that I am super hyped to see what happens here. Kinda sucks about what Heather's mom did to her though.
Reimi 8th Feb 2016, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
Reimi
I've been waiting for this one for a while. Now to see where it goes.
Jacy Em 8th Feb 2016, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
Panel 1:
Not at the mall.
...
LOL.
defo18 8th Feb 2016, 2:09 AM edit delete reply
defo18
Aaaajhhhhhhh shit
mecaterpillar 8th Feb 2016, 3:31 AM edit delete reply
Oh my god. I've been waiting for an Aiken/Jessica reunion for so long. Now I can't wait for the next update! Like literally, what am I supposed to do until Tuesday?
Jacob 8th Feb 2016, 3:47 AM edit delete reply
I can't for the life of me remember what is different about heather, and I cant find the page it's on either after 10-15 minutes looking. Can someone remind me?
Ashley_s117 8th Feb 2016, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
Check out 720-legitimate
j-eagle12212012 8th Feb 2016, 1:05 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Heather has an intersex condition
Jocelyn 8th Feb 2016, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Jacob

It's basically already been answered, but Heather is intersex and she details the whole thing on this page. The page numbering system is a little wonky on Comic Fury, so I figure a direct link can't hurt.
Nama 8th Feb 2016, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
Nama
You
DocMesa 8th Feb 2016, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
This is either going to end in evisceration or a make out.
Jacob 8th Feb 2016, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Thank you for that amazing comment :D
steveha 8th Feb 2016, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
I think this is a good page. You were right to keep it.
Robin 8th Feb 2016, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
Just gotta say, as someone who last year didn't really understand what it means to be trans and now firmly identifies as female, I'm really glad you included the first page. ^w^
CaiteNeko 8th Feb 2016, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
I feel the same way as Jessica felt then...my doubt is annoying...
Mina 8th Feb 2016, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
I think it'll go well. However, I also think that Jessica could have a hard time forgiving Aiken. She'll probably be able to, though, I don't think it's a coincidence that her necklace is very visible. ^^

But if Jessica and Aiken are back together, how will Heather react?
AmbiguousMouse 8th Feb 2016, 4:25 PM edit delete reply
You know, the obvious assumption to make is that Heather is at least somewhat attracted to Jessica and is disappointed not to be able to develop that further... But I was also thinking, it's possible she's upset because of Jessica not being attracted to women and yet going for her. I mean, she's spent her whole life dealing with "I feel like I have to fight for every ounce of womanhood I have" and this person who only likes men is attracted to her? I mean, this feels almost exactly like RuIn with Heather as Rain, except Jessica doesn't even know Heather well enough to use the "you're the exception" line. In other words, there's probably no way for Heather to take this except "crap, she sees me as a dude."
Long-Time Lurker 9th Feb 2016, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
Excep Jessica didn't know. They both walked into the kiss presuming the other was a ciswoman. They fell asleep together, Heather realized Jessica is trans, and *then* decided to reveal her intersex condition.
AmbiguousMouse 10th Feb 2016, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
Right, and that's the rational way to see it, but Heather might just think Jessica has a good "transceiver" in regards to the whole intersex thing. I mean, after Rain's haircut, the people at school who commented that Rain looked like a boy were still confident in her being female on a logical level, but that doesn't mean it didn't hit Rain as hard as just outright failing to pass would. Heather could well see it the same way here: "Sure, Jessica didn't know I'm intersex until after the fact, but what if some part of me was masculine enough because of it that she thought of me as a guy when her logical part was muddled by alcohol? What if she registered me as a guy internally?"
DLM 8th Feb 2016, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
Literally that first page with Jessica's story is such a big deal for me, I started to tear up a little reading it. Thank you so much for keeping it in!
Dream of a Pebble 8th Feb 2016, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
Me too. I guess I'm a bit slow, but it took me 40 years or so to figure out I'm trans. Not because I didn't know myself, mind you, but because it took that long to realise that some people are actually cis and not just better than me at playing their assigned gender role. The reason about half of them were so much better than me at being boys was that they *were* boys.
Ruth 14th Aug 2016, 10:02 PM edit delete reply
I knew at age 8, wish I could've come out in my early 20s, but this was Texas and the time period was the early 1980s and society was.... rather hostile, and it would've devastated my parents. Now I'm 54, and thanks to Caitlyn for coming out, some winds of change in these times,.... and discovering and reading Rain's story here, I can finally do this. My HRT begins Sept 1st, and on Halloween of this year (46th "birthday" of Ruth), I will come out to everyone.
Sobi 9th Feb 2016, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
Here's hoping this conversation has a happy ending
Guest 25th Feb 2016, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
Okay, Aiken! You've had, like, a billion chapters to prepare yourself for this!
Don't mess up!
Kitsune_Chan 3rd Mar 2016, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
Kitsune_Chan
I still totally ship Heather and Jessica together.
Transginger 20th May 2016, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
Transginger
I'm mildly upset that Aiken coming back overshadowed the teaser that Heather kinda likes Jessica. Not in the comic, but the comments. People aren't picking up on it as much as I did, I guess.
Lex-Kat 26th Nov 2016, 5:38 AM edit delete reply
Lex-Kat
It's not upsetting. But, well, I hadn't realized no one was saying anything about Jessica and Heather's crush.

Am I wrong, or does anyone else hear Jessica's "You." with venom and hate?
Mouse 15th Oct 2016, 1:30 AM edit delete reply
well, THAT was scary accurate, that is literally my story (Jessica's). Someone came out as bi to me when i was 17, and it made me to research, first on sexualities, then on genders. I started experimenting with stuff to see if I was trans through most of being 18 (I was pretty sure about being queer right quick).

It took me 5 years (and an awesome webcomic that was, at the time, called Khaos Komix, now Discord Comics, specifically Charlie talkting to her mom) To finally accept who I was, and at 22 I finally moved forward with my transition.
Trismegistus Shandy 14th Aug 2017, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
Great timing, Aiken.
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