Comic 977 - Touching

24th Jul 2017, 10:47 PM in Ch. 33 - The Calm
Touching
Average Rating: 4.75 (4 votes)
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Jocelyn 24th Jul 2017, 10:47 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
After an exhausting day, I'm posting this page really late in the day. Unfortunately, I'm just fumbling over my words now and can't seem to work out what I want to say for my blurb. So instead, tell me what you think.


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Honey Wheeler 24th Jul 2017, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
Yay!
Reimi 25th Jul 2017, 12:03 AM edit delete reply
Reimi
This can be a problem in relationships where one person is really into physical stuff, and the other just isn't. But hey, better to be honest about it with each other than to force yourself to be uncomfortable.
Stephanie 25th Jul 2017, 2:25 AM edit delete reply
Not what I was expecting, to be honest.
Cerberus 25th Jul 2017, 5:51 AM edit delete reply
This is warming my ace heart. Yay for good communication and boundary respect/validation.
DramaDork 25th Jul 2017, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
Kiss her on the forehead (if you know she's okay with that)
SilentNight 26th Jul 2017, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
Pretty sure we've seen her to that before to blushy-happy reactions on Nelly's part, but I'm forgetting where in the story that happens.
Guest 25th Jul 2017, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
So, these two must not be very far along in their relationship, if they hadn't figured this out prior.
Leaf 25th Jul 2017, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
Even if she wasn't Ace and a victim of sexual harassment, don't forget Chanel is 14. Even without her history, she'd be bound to feel uncomfortable displaying herself in underwear, and someone (even someone close like a girlfriend) seeing and touching parts of her body that are usually covered in clothing.
Cassie_the_bisexuwhale 25th Jul 2017, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
I completely understand your point, but I don't remember where it said Nelly had been sexually harassed..? Would someone mind giving me the link/page number please? Thank you
Jocelyn 25th Jul 2017, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
Chanel recounts her trauma right here.
Cassie_the_bisexuwhale 25th Jul 2017, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
Thank you!! :D
Guest 26th Jul 2017, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
Hey, it's Wednesday. Time to crank out another page, lady. Hop to it!
Guest 25th Jul 2017, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
@Leaf

Well, yes, that's so. Of course Maria did very well and I'm sure she considered all that

I was just pointing out that it's telling how early on in their relationship they are. Otherwise, this would have already come up enough already, been talked out and an understanding reached as to what she is and isn't comfortable with. Just saying.
zophah 25th Jul 2017, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
The fact that they both ask first and understand what is or is not ok is good for any relationship.
Guest 25th Jul 2017, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
Ah. Seeing these two have a healthy relationship with respect for each other and their boundaries warms my cold, dead heart.
Guest 26th Jul 2017, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
I'm gonna leave this comment here simply because I just binge read the entire comic in between work breaks and on weekends, but as someone who's recently come to terms with the initial concept of /being/ transgendered in the first place, (like many others, I've denied it for years, or the dysphoria simply wasn't strong enough for me to consider transition), your comic is lovely.

It's been an absolute joy to read through such deep and positive representation, and several points have been brought up that have forced me to think about me, and my life, and what I want. And it's been a fundamental piece of me just... Figuring out who I am.

There's a couple blurbs that really stick with me but I don't want to write a full dissertation on your comic. I'll just say that the fact that unlike everyone else, Jessica didn't really seem to know from birth, that stuck with me. Because that's been my experience. I only even began to consider it when I was 13, and I shoved it down in the deepest corners of my brain until I was 20. Only when I was 22 was I even comfortable with the genderqueer label, and that wasn't even quite right.

I know who I am now. It's just... Actually making everyone else in my life aware of that too. But I'll make it, I've got a wonderful girlfriend that understands and supports me, a friend across the world going through my exact same situation, and parents that will... Probably and hopefully still love me after I break the news to them.

The coworkers are a whole 'nother story, but I'm done living in the shadow of my misery. And if nothing else, your story has helped me find that.

Thank you for producing such a wonderful webcomic.
catlife333 29th Aug 2017, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
My girlfriend and I are actually both ace, but we still bump into a similar problem a lot. The boundaries for what is and isn't sexual tends to be different for everybody, so we kind of have to navigate it together. It also does involve having about the same feelings as Chanel, just because sexuality is just so expected, we feel bad when we just don't feel comfortable with things. And that's just crazy because we're both asexual, so you'd think it would be fine
Vidd187 19th Sep 2017, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
They are so cute in their awkwardness.
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